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.
The Park (Morecambe) has a new manager who is keen on cask beer. It also now has regular if limited opening hours...
The Palatine (Morecambe) will close soon for a major refurbishment. ..
The owners of the Station (Ribblehead) have taken it in hand to bring it back up to standard..
The Clarendon (Morecambe) has been sold..
Fibber’s (Lancaster) is shut..
The Royal Oak (Lancaster) is for sale..
The Greaves Park (Lancaster) has been bought by Greene King..
The Brockholes Arms (Claughton-on-Brock) ..
The Bookmakers Bar (Heysham) has at last opened as a micropub with five changing beers. .
The Eagle’s Head (Over Kellet) is closed for three weeks' refurbishment..
There is a planning application to convert the Royal Oak (Hornby) to two dwellings..
The Keys (Slyne) has been sold to Greene King..
The Hest Bank (Hest Bank) is to close on 18 February for 2 weeks of refurbishment..
The Palatine (Morecambe) has reopened after its refurb. Not much changed except for the bar counter..
The Bay Horse (Arkholme) is closed or mostly closed. The licensee is woriking in the Blue Anchor (Bolton-le-Sands). Nobody seems to know what is going on. One rumour is that the locals are trying to buy it..
15 FebruaryChange of licensee at:
- Greaves Park (Lancaster)
The Ship (Caton) has been closed since December and is to let. ..
15 MarchChange of licensee at:
- Old Post Office (Ingleton)
The Tivoli (Morecambe) is to close for good..
Ye Olde Shambles (Lancaster) is a new pub opening behind Starbucks. Looks too big for a micropub..
We've found that the Shambles (Lancaster) is planned to open at Easter and have three handpumps..
The 75 Church Street (Lancaster) is closed following bakruptcy..
There is a planning application to repair the Friary (Lancaster) . It's not clear what it will be turned into..
Embargo (Morecambe) reopened on 12 April as a "Craft Bar", with four handpumps..
The Embargo (Morecambe) ..
The Ship (Caton) reopened on 5 April, initially with no food..
The Old Post Office (Ingleton) reopened on March 18 with onger opening hours and real ale..
The Dalton Arms (Glasson Dock) has bee renovated in a smart contemporary manner, predominantly grey. Everything else is unchanged..
The Hest Bank (Hest Bank) (new tenant mid-March) is being refurbished but staying open. Work due to finish June 6..
The Keys (Slyne) is to close on 2 May for 6 weeks of refurbishment..
Corless: A new "cuckoo" brewery mainly using Avid's plant
Census: A new operation based in Carnforth but currently using Foxfield's brewery.
Lancaster Brewery Co: are set to open a bar in Lancaster railway station.
The Holly (Forton) currently has no real ale but this may change "when it picks up"..
4 MayChange of licensee at:
- Fibber’s (Lancaster)
Fibber’s (Lancaster) has reopened under the same ownership as Hustle and Generation, but there is no intention to make it another of the kind. It has reopened with two real ales and two more promised..
Revolution (Lancaster) has been bought by Stonegate and is to reopen as a Wlakabout..
Q Brewery have bought the Taps on the Green (Carnforth) , having abandoned the idea of a public bar in their brewery.
There is a plan to put a restaurant upstiars in the Palatine (Morecambe) ..
The Punch Bowl (Bentham) has been sold to an individual. The same man is in charge, but it now seems to be tied to Black Sheep..
There is a planning application to convert the Queen’s (Carnforth) to a hairdresser's..
The Shambles (Lancaster) is to open on 18 May, initially without real ale..
20 MayChange of licensee at:
- Shambles (Lancaster)
The Royal (Bolton-le-Sands) is closed for refurbishment..
The Duke of Rothesay (Heysham) is to let..
Revolution (Lancaster) is to let again..
Workmen are inside 1725 (Central Lancaster) . It's going to reopen late July under the same management as the Cornerhouse..
There are workmen in 75 Church Street (Lancaster) . It's going to reopen this month as the DANDY LION, afternoon teas & Caberet..
The Boardwalk (Morecambe) ..
The new mangement in the Boardwalk (Morecambe) has put a real ale in..
The Globe (Overton) has been sold. Whatever plans the new owner has are unknown..
The William Mitchell (Morecambe) is being done up. Reopening early August..
The Taps on the Green (Carnforth) (now owned by Q Brew) will open on 26 July. ..
The man who turned the Farmers Arms (Garstang) back into a pub, and put on some good beer has died..
The Sun Dial (Bentham) is to let..
The Britannia (Lancaster) is for sale..
The William Mitchell (Morecambe) has reopened. New contemporary decor but otherwise the same..
The new tenants of the Tap House (Lancaster) have arrived. Small changes, including the arrival of a bandit and (soon) substantial snacks..
The Greaves Park (Lancaster) has reopened. New decor and a better beer choice..
It would seem that plans to reopen 75 Church Street (Lancaster) as Dandy Lion have come unstuck..
The Royal (Bolton-le-Sands) has reopened. It now has a fashionable coulour-scheme but little else has altered..
The Boot & Shoe (Lancaster) has been bought by Lees, the Manchester family brewer..
The Keys (Slyne) is to reopen on 7 September under its old name of "Cross Keys"..
Lancaster Brewery (Lancaster) is being extended. Bigger Drinking area and a separate shop.
The tenant has left the Blue Anchor (Bolton-le-Sands) ..
The The Pub (Lancaster) has been sold and the new owners have bought the adjacent vacant plot..
There is a licensing application for a new micropub called Great Scott (Lancaster) , on Scotforth Road..
Paolo Giannis. (Central Lancaster) reopened on 10 October. Redecorated and re-furnished but not much altered - except the prices have dropped a lot and it's been renamed "Paolo Gianni's". Four handpumps..
Kanteena (Lancaster) opened on 11 October. A loading bay with a bar and a stage. Four handpumps..
The Shambles (Lancaster) is for sale..
The Paolo Giannis. (Central Lancaster) ..
The Kanteena (Lancaster) ..
The Cross Keys (Slyne) ..
Another micropub coming to Scotforth, this one called the Wobbly Cobbler (Lancaster) . .
The Water Witch (Lancaster) now has a permanent manager..
The Th’Owd Tithebarn (Garstang) has reverted to being "Th'Owd" under its new owners..
Provincial Hotels and Inns: are selling all their remaining pubs
The Lodge. (Slyne) has closed awaiting a new tenant..
Borough Brewery: are now only producing canned beer.
The Patten Arms (Winmarleigh) now has a brewery in the cellar, just brewing a single cask beer for the pub..
The Lodge. (Slyne) has reopened under new management..