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News Archive for 2011

Much of what has appeared on this site and its predecessor has vanished forever. From August 2002, these pages are an essentially complete record of the pub and brewery news, arranged in chronological order. (“Essentially complete” means “those things that came to our attention which have not since fallen prey to computer malfunction“) Before then, there is a patchy and incomplete record of pub news, culled from a variety of sources. Note that in a number of cases news items were published in good faith which subsequently turned out to be not entirely true. No attempt has been made to retrospectively hide our errors.

16 January

The Battery (Heysham) is shut..

It seems that the Golden Ball (Snatchems) has been bought by someone intending to keep it a pub..

LAOne has been renamed Swank (Lancaster) with no other changes of significance..

Upstairs Downstairs (Morecambe) is closed..

18 January

The New Inn (Morecambe) has reopened: Black Sheep and Ruddles have been seen..

21 January

Change of licensee at:

16 February

The Fenwick Arms (Claughton) is for sale again..

20 March

Change of licensee at:

23 March

Change of licensee at:

The manager of the Duke of Rothesay (Heysham) has moved to the Old Hall..

25 March

Change of licensee at:

26 March

The Alley (Lancaster) is to let again..

The Golden Ball (Snatchems) reopened on 25 March. Still the same layout: rather more comfortably furnished and certainly better heated than before. Just Black Sheep now, to be joined by guest beers. No food until the kitchen is rebuilt..

31 March

The Nib (Warton) is for sale freehold..

28 April

The Mill Inn (Conder Green) has been sold by Mitchells..

13 May

Change of licensee at:

Brysons: Brysons should reopen with new plant and entirely new beers under the name of Cross-Bay Brewery in June.

Lancaster Brewery Co: The new Lancaster Brewery site should open in late June. All sorts of grand plans are being hatched. Watch this space.

9 June

The Britannia (Lancaster) is shut..

The lease of the Robert Gillow (Lancaster) is being advertised..

The Royal (Silverdale) is for sale..

15 June

Change of licensee at:

20 June

Change of licensee at:

The Marton Arms (Thornton-in-Lonsdale) has a new licensee who is going to relaunch the pub with a beer festival 1-3 July..

There are plans to attach a conservatory to the Golden Ball (Snatchems) (now doing food) ..

The lease of the Canal Turn (Carnforth) is for sale..

23 June

The Hest Bank (Hest Bank) is reportedly to let for a large sum..

28 June

Change of licensee at:

The licensees of the Fleece (Dolphinholme) from 3 years back have returned to restore it to its former glory..

4 July

Change of licensee at:

Claims that the Canal Turn (Carnforth) is to let were greatly exaggerated..

The Nib (Warton) seems to be open again but still for sale..

The Flag (Nateby) reopened on 4 July as Bellflower (Nateby) It will be a 2 for 1 on food pub. It also offers cask ales (unspecified)..

8 July

Change of licensee at:

20 July

The attempt by the sitting tenant of the Punch Bowl (Burton-in-Lonsdale) to buy it appears to have failed. Sue formerly of the Marton Arms will take it on temporarily in September..

29 July

The new management at the Lord Ashton (Lancaster) has restored cask ale (Wainwerights and Bomber when I went)..

1 August

Cross-Bay: The first three trial brews started at the end of July.

2 August

Change of licensee at:

3 August

Cross-Bay: The new beers are being officially launched on 17 August

11 August

The licensee of the Water Witch (Lancaster) is moving to Plato's (Kirkby Lonsdale). Leaving date: 25 August..

The Horse & Farrier (Bentham) ..

19 August

There is a plan to refurbish the Brown Cow (Lancaster) (again?)..

The Lord Nelson (Morecambe) is for sale..

27 August

Furness College Bar (Lancaster University) is to close for a year while the building it is in is renovated. The bar is expected to be quite different too. County Bar has picked up the torch and is holding a beer festival in November..

Old School Brewery: A brewery is due to open in Warton in November using Lancaster Brewery’s old kit. More...

1 September

Lancaster Brewery Co: Lancaster Brewery should have mashed their first brew on 1 September. The visitor centre will open from Saturday 3rd.

13 September

The Royal (Silverdale) is shut, signage removed and Holgates Caravans owner appears to have bought this pub, but what happens next is uncertain..

16 September

Water Witch (Lancaster) ..

Bowerham (Lancaster) ..

28 September

The Greaves (Lancaster) is to close and become a care home. The licensee is to move to the Three Mariners (Lancaster)..

The King’s Arms (Morecambe) has gained cask ale. Yes, that is not a misprint..

9 October

Eagle’s Head (Over Kellet) .

The lease on the Smuggler’s Den (Morecambe) has been sold..

16 October

Change of licensee at:

25 October

The newly-appointed managers at the Water Witch (Lancaster) have left already. Emma is back in charge..

31 October

Change of licensee at:

10 November

The long-serving bar manager of the Water Witch (Lancaster) has taken over as manager. This should ensure that the pub will continue to operate as before..

15 November

Change of licensee at:

19 November

The Nowhere (Morecambe) ..

29 November

The Black Bull (Bentham) has had a refurb..

The Castle (Hornby) has reopened. Wood flooring, soft seats. Two beers on the bar were Cross Bay Sunset and Black Sheep Bitter..

1 December

The Fenwick Arms (Claughton) is shut and for sale freehold..

2 December

The Fenwick Arms (Claughton) is shut and for sale freehold..

The New Inn (Galgate) is to get a new licensee in February and has been chosen as the site for a home brewery..

The New Inn (Yealand Conyers) has reopened..

15 December

Marton Arms (Thornton-in-Lonsdale) .

19 December

The Varsity (Lancaster) is shut..

23 December

The New Albert (Lancaster) has reopened and has changed its name to the New Albert..

New Albert (Lancaster) .

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