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.
1 JanuaryChange of licensee at:
- Church (Bonds)
The Eagle’s Head (Over Kellet) has reopened under new management..
The Green Dragon (Galgate) has reopened. No further information yet..
Green Dragon (Galgate) .
The New Inn (Galgate) has a new regime. Three cask ales, worth the detour..
Rio’s (Lancaster) has reopenened as ‘Rio’..
Pier (Morecambe) .
New Inn (Morecambe) .
The Malt Shovel (Warton) has been bought by a consortium of four locals. Greene King IPA on at the moment, but we can hope...
Old School Brewery: Projected opening date is now Friday 13 April
The owners of Holgates Caravan Parks have applied for planning permission to turn the Royal (Silverdale) into 5 dwellings against local opinion..
The current licensees of the George & Dragon (Lancaster) are due to leave at the end of May..
The manager of the Royal (Heysham) has left..
Duke of Rothesay (Heysham) .
11 MarchChange of licensee at:
- Victoria (Glasson Dock)
19 MarchChange of licensee at:
- New Inn (Galgate)
- Britannia (Lancaster)
The Dragons Head (Whittington) is closed following the death of the licensee...
The Varsity (Lancaster) is to reopen soon under the name of “Oscar’s”, apparently a clone of a wine-bar and bistro in York which has no cask ale...
The Royal (Silverdale) has had an application for change of use turned down, so its future is entirely uncertain..
The Malt Shovel (Warton) is being run by a local couple who want to make it a village pub. Four cask ales at the moment with a strong emphasis on local brews..
Old School Brewery: Trial brews have been taking place. Three beers are currently being considered: Detention (a bitter), Blackboard (a mild) and Headmaster (a best bitter). The first proper brew should be on the 13th, and the beer should be on sale by the end of the month.
Boardwalk (Morecambe) has been reopened under the name of ‘Boardwalk’. Apparently, it’s being done out..
There are signs of life in the Fenwick Arms (Claughton) . Does anyone have any details?.
The Royal Station (Carnforth) is shortly to get a tenant (formerly it was managed)..
Royal Oak (Hornby) .
The Borough (Lancaster) has upped the ante on discounts by offering £1 off every pint of real ale to card-carrying CAMRA members all day every day..
20 AprilChange of licensee at:
- Byres (Bentham)
The Hoggs ’n’ Heifers. (Bentham) ..
The Malt Shovel (Warton) now has six handpumps..
Wagon & Horses (Lancaster) .
7 MayChange of licensee at:
- Varsity (Lancaster)
The Dalton Arms (Glasson Dock) is closed..
New Inn (Yealand Conyers) .
The extension at the Golden Ball (Snatchems) should be open on Friday 18 May..
The Nag’s Head (Lancaster) is to let..
The Britannia (Lancaster) has been smartened up..
Stuart Blackburn is to return to the Green Ayre (Lancaster) ..
The Ma Murphy’s Irish Bar (Morecambe) is closed..
Morecambe AFC (Morecambe) have sold off the land in front of the stadium to Marstons..
The Stonewell Tavern (Lancaster) is to be significantly altered..
The Park (Morecambe) is closed as a pub (the rooms are still available)..
V Bar. (Lancaster) .
The former licensees of the Royal Oak (Hornby) have taken on the Eagle’s Head (Over Kellet) .
There is a Snug (Carnforth) to open in Carnforth Station. It is described as a “micropub”. To find out what they mean by that, check out their blog..
Oscar’s (Lancaster) has opened as Oscar's. Three handpumps..
The barn next to the New Inn (Yealand Conyers) is at long last to be used, for accommodation.
The Fenwick Arms (Claughton) reopened Saturday 26 May. It is now managed by Town & Country Inns, a firm that also manages the Eagle & Child (Garstang) and nine other pubs in the Preston/Fylde area. Cask ale features but never done well..
The Boardwalk (Morecambe) is open. No cask ale..
mood (Lancaster) is shut with an unknown future..
George & Dragon (Lancaster) ..
15 JulyChange of licensee at:
- Farmer’s Arms (Garstang)
The Farmer’s Arms (Garstang) has reopened as a pub, being run by Town & Country Inns. Very noisy music over-loud, more like a wine bar, clean sharp edges all round, NO real ale...
The licensee has left the Wheatsheaf (Garstang) . No guest beers at the moment..
The new micropub called the Snug (Carnforth) will open on 1 August..
The Greaves (Lancaster) has reopened under new management. It seems as if it will not now close..
The Moorlands (Lancaster) now has a permanent manager rather than a tenant...
mood (Lancaster) is to reopen in late September as the "Tap House", described as a "craft beer house". It's still owned by Mitchells..
The Nag’s Head (Lancaster) is closed..
The Jubilee (Morecambe) now has Robinsons..
The Royal (Morecambe) is reopening early September..
The New Holly (Forton) has a new licensee, thinking of a small beer festival..
The Th’Owd Tithebarn (Garstang) ..
The Royal (Morecambe) is being refurbished. Cask ale is set ot reappear here...
The Moorlands (Lancaster) is redeeming Wetherspoon vouchers at face value..
The Royal (Morecambe) is reopening on 8 September with four handpumps..
Old Hall (Heysham) ..
7 SeptemberChange of licensee at:
- Royal (Morecambe)
15 SeptemberChange of licensee at:
- Greyhound (Halton)
The Fenwick Arms (Claughton) is boarded up and for sale..
The owners of the Lunesdale (Tunstall) , wanting to retire, have put it up for sale..
A pub on the market is nothing new, but a club? But the Melbourne (Lancaster) is for sale, a snip at £135k..
The former Byres is now Hoggs ’n’ Heifers. (Bentham) and selling KIrkby Lonsdale and Black sheep beers...
The Farmer’s Arms (Garstang) is shut again..
Tap House (Lancaster) is to reopen as the Tap House on 20th October..
15 OctoberChange of licensee at:
- Eric Bartholomew (Morecambe)
The Farmer’s Arms (Garstang) is open again..
The Tap House (Lancaster) si now to open on 9 November...
The Bath (Morecambe) now has cask ale..
Mitchells are looking for a new manager for the Duke of Rothesay (Heysham) ..
The Hest Bank (Hest Bank) has been refurbished. The conservatory has gone..
The Jubilee (Morecambe) has no cask ale at the moment..
9 NovemberChange of licensee at:
- Tap House (Lancaster)
The Tap House (Lancaster) is now open with an impressive selection of cask ales. Full report.
15 NovemberChange of licensee at:
- Pendle Witch (Lancaster)
The Blue Anchor (Bolton-le-Sands) has been "totally gutted"..
The Stonewell Tavern (Lancaster) now sells only local ales and no longer has Thwaites cask..
Swank (Lancaster) is apparently to reopen as "King Edward"..
The Duke of Lancaster (Lancaster) has closed..
The tenant of the Moorlands (Lancaster) is leaving..
The Wagon & Horses (Lancaster) ..
The Wagon & Horses (Lancaster) is to let..
The Duke of Rothesay (Heysham) ..
Old School Brewery: The brewery bar will be open to the public on the second Friday of each month (perhaps 6-11)
Settle Brewery: A new brewery is to open in Settle, next to the railway station.