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News Archive for 2014

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.

4 January

The sale of the Dragons Head (Whittington) is being delayed for no discernible reason..

Builders are hard at work in the Moorlands (Lancaster) . It is supposed to become more student flats..

13 January

The Dragons Head (Whittington) has at last been sold..

The Fleece (Dolphinholme) is to close soon for a big refurbishment; when it reopens it will have a new owner..

15 January

Change of licensee at:

16 January

The Bell & Bottle (Garstang) has been acquired by the licensee of the nearby Kings Arms and will reopen after a bit of sprucing up..

The Bowling Green (Lancaster) is to let..

The Eagle & Child (Garstang) is to shut on 28 January awaiting a tenant..

The King’s Arms (Garstang) is to let..

17 January

I am told that the Lunesdale (Tunstall) has been sold..

20 January

The the tenant of the Punchbowl (Chuchtown) has taken on the Ship (Caton) ..

29 January

The Silverdale (Silverdale) has been refurbished and given a new licensee who has increased the beer range to five..

10 February

All cask ale at the Royal (Morecambe) is now £2 per pint, so ther is no longer a CAMRA discount..

15 February

Change of licensee at:

17 February

The sale of the Lunesdale (Tunstall) should be complete by the end of February..

The Victoria (Lancaster) has been acquired by a firm who want to turn it into offices or (more likely) flats...

18 February

The sale of the Lunesdale (Tunstall) should be complete by the end of February..

The Victoria (Lancaster) has been acquired by a firm who want to turn it into offices or (more likely) flats...

26 February

Contrary to reports I have heard, the Fleece (Dolphinholme) is not closed for refurbishment. It should however be sold quite soon, to the current tenant. What will happen after that is unclear..

The Slyne Lodge (Slyne) ..

1 March

Change of licensee at:

12 March

The New Inn (Yealand Conyers) is to let..

The licensee of the Shovel (Carnforth) is leaving..

15 March

Change of licensee at:

18 March

The Battery (Heysham) is to be turned into flats..

Someone is investing big money in the Nag’s Head (Lancaster) . When it reopens it should have cask ale again..

The Palatine (Morecambe) is to switch to tenancy - the first tenant is sais to be from the Bowerham (Lancaster)..

17 April

The Imperial (Morecambe) is for sale..

Thwaites are selling the Punch Bowl (Burton-in-Lonsdale) . The local parish council have had it declared an Asset of Community Value. Villagers are reportedly trying to buy it..

The Tavern at Scale Hall (Lancaster) is to let..

22 April

The Farmers Arms (Garstang) has reopened under its old name of the Farmers Arms. Well worth a look if you're in the area..

The Farmers Arms (Garstang) ..

28 April

Change of licensee at:

The Study Room (Lancaster) has reopened as The Study Room. It is now in contemporary austere style. Four cask ales (two from Punch, two free) and a CAMRA discount..

The Study Room (Lancaster) ..

2 May

The Fleece (Dolphinholme) will become a Free House, under the stewardship of Kim & John who have run it in the past, on Friday 9th of May 2014. They sayBeer will be back to standard and feature many micro breweries The Kitchen will be closed until 5pm Wednesday 14th May..

3 May

The Fleece (Dolphinholme) will become a Free House, under the stewardship of Kim & John who have run it in the past, on Friday 9th of May 2014. They sayBeer will be back to standard and feature many micro breweries The Kitchen will be closed until 5pm Wednesday 14th May..

15 May

Change of licensee at:

The Morecambe (Morecambe) has been sold to a local businessman..

Refurbishment at the Park (Lancaster) has finished..

The Ship (Overton) is to let..

17 May

I have heard a rumour of a new buffet bar opening on Lancaster Station (Lancaster) ...

19 May

The Morecambe (Morecambe) is being gutted. this has created a problem as it is a listed building..

someone new is moving into the Smuggler’s Den (Morecambe) ..

28 May

The Broadway (Morecambe) has closed for the last time..

The King’s Arms (Garstang) ..

The George (Morecambe) ..

The Toby Carvery (Morecambe) ..

24 June

The Morecambe (Morecambe) may reopen in August. it's already advertising guest beers..

25 June

The Morecambe (Morecambe) may reopen in August. it's already advertising guest beers..

30 June

The Pickerings (Catterall) is to be demolished and replaced by housing..

4 July

Change of licensee at:

21 July

Some locals are trying to buy the Dragons Head (Whittington) . This seems to be quite independent of a buyer already lined up (although the process seems to be glacially slow)..

3 August

Change of licensee at:

18 August

Latest information on the Dragons Head (Whittington) is that a former nightclub owner from Kendal is buying it and planning to sell real ale..

The Morecambe (Morecambe) is having extensive work done and will not reopen until 2015..

You may have noticed that the Lord Ashton (Lancaster) seems to be closed all the time. It is said that it will reopen when the buiding work next door is complete.

The Keys (Slyne) .

22 August

Change of licensee at:

24 August

The George & Dragon (Lancaster) is to let..

Planning permission has at last been granted for the Royal (Silverdale) to be converted to housing..

The manager of the Royal (Heysham) is leaving..

The Royal King’s Arms (Lancaster) is planning to have a bar again..

The The Pub (Lancaster) is for sale..

25 August

Correction to the previous news on the Royal (Silverdale) : it has actually had an application submitted to turn the rear into houses but to reopen the front as a bar that serves real ale. No decision has yet been made. ..

31 August

Latest information on the Dragons Head (Whittington) is that a former nightclub owner from Kendal is buying it and planning to sell real ale..

The Morecambe (Morecambe) is having extensive work done and will not reopen until 2015..

Correction to the previous news on the Royal (Silverdale) : it has actually had an application submitted to turn the rear into houses but to reopen the front as a bar that serves real ale. No decision has yet been made. ..

5ives. (Lancaster) ..

The Keys (Slyne) .

1 September

You may have noticed that the Lord Ashton (Lancaster) seems to be closed all the time. It is said that it will reopen when the buiding work next door is complete.

7 September

The Elements (Lancaster) ..

9 September

Lancaster Brewery Co: Lancaster Brewery has decided to reduce the ABV by 0.1% on all 4 main beers and reduce production to 7,000 hectoitres. This level of production will cover bottling requirements and all orders which come through the door. With no discounted beer to wholesalers or contract brewing and a reduced duty to pay the brewery is making more profit and can concentrate on quality.

15 September

Change of licensee at:

20 September

Greene King: Greene King are trying to take over the pubco Spirit, owners of the Station (Morecambe) and the Strawberry Gardens (Heysham). They are currently resisting.

22 September

James Places: I understand that Bowland Brewery has been sold to James’s Places (a company well known in the Ribble Valley for owning a few upmarket ’gastro pubs’, also the Royal in Kirkby Lonsdale). Richard Baker, the original owner, is currently helping out during the changeover period. More information as it becomes available.

24 September

The Chieftain (Morecambe) ..

The George & Dragon (Lancaster) ..

25 September

The Ship (Overton) is closed sine die..

2 October

The manager of the Water Witch (Lancaster) is leaving in October. No replacement as yet..

7 October

The King Edward (Lancaster) has been turned into a shop...

The bar of the Apothecary (Lancaster) has been extended and refurbished and the whole renamed "Apothecary"..

16 October

The Fleece (Dolphinholme) is being done out in 21st-century minimal style, though retaining the current layout, the oak beams and the brass fire canopy. The bar areas are now complete; usual foodservice should be along soon..

2 November

The Tavern at Scale Hall (Lancaster) is closed and to let..

The Bull (Morecambe) ..

The Smuggler’s Den (Morecambe) ..

17 November

The locals have failed to buy the Punch Bowl (Burton-in-Lonsdale) so it is now on the open market..

The Toby Carvery (Morecambe) has reopened. does it still have real ale?.

There has been an application submitted to turn the Inn at Wray (Wray) to housing..

The licensee of the Study Room has taken on the John O’Gaunt (Central Lancaster) as well..

23 November

There has been an application submitted to turn the Inn at Wray (Wray) to housing..

The Hothouse (Morecambe) ..

The Duke 2 (Lancaster) is to reopen as Duke2 as it's undedr the old managememnt of the Duke of Lancaster...

11 December

The Boar’s Head (Lancaster) has reverted to its old name of Boars Head without any other obvious change..

The Royal (Heysham) ..

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