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News Archive for 2003

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.

3 January

Change of licensee at:

The new Eric Bartholomew (Morecambe) (10-18 Euston Road) has had a license applied for..

Cooper’s Tap (Morecambe) is to be de-licensed..

14 January

The Midland (Morecambe) has been sold again. Read more on Virtual Lancaster


3 February

Roof Tree (Middleton) .

6 February

The Station (Ribblehead) was at last sold in early December - I hear the new regime is an improvement..

Castle (Hornby) .

Contrary to earlier reports, the Black Bull (Bentham) is not all-keg, but they sometimes run out of cask beer..

9 February

Change of licensee at:

Brysons: by request of the Ambrose (Barrow-in-Furness), mild is to be reintroduced, this time under the name of "Terns Tipple"

11 February

After nearly a year of being shut, Melling Hall (Melling) is to be converted to flats - unless we can stop this..

The licensee of Bowerham (Lancaster) retired at the end of February..

13 February

The new Eric Bartholomew (Morecambe) has got its licence and will be called the Eric Bartholemew..

Certain members at the Reform Club (Lancaster) are attempting to get it to stock cask beer..

22 February

The King’s Arms (Kirkby Lonsdale) is to let..

5 March

The Albert (Lancaster) has reopened with a new licensee..

The Dutton Arms (Burton-in-Kendal) has been sold..

Spooners (Lancaster) has gone all-keg..

7 March

Change of licensee at:

New licensee at the Royal (Morecambe) - no longer an Alan Crookall pub - could it get cask ale now?.

Alterations proposed for Fisherman's Rest (Wyreside Lakes Fishe) . (Is this a pub? Does anyone know anything about this place?).

Alterations proposed for Guy’s (Bilsborrow) ..

17 March

The licensee of Paddy Mulligan’s (Lancaster) left on St Patrick's Day (when else?).

3 April

Thwaites are selling two Lancaster pubs. The Albert (Lancaster) has gone to the proprieter of the Gatehouse restaurant..

The second Thwaites pub to be sold is the Sun (Lancaster) ..

4 April

Change of licensee at:

Extensive refurbishment at the Bradford Arms (Morecambe) ..

10 April

Heysham Cricket Club (Heysham) is to get cask beer soon..

23 April

The Royal King’s Arms (Lancaster) now has a single handpump in the hotel bar selling a rotating beer..

2 May

Change of licensee at:

31 May

Hampson (Hampson Green) is to become a residential home..

The Crown (Morecambe) is to be refurbished soon..

Brysons: Two new beers have recently appeared, part of the "Lancaster Landmark" series: Castle, ABV 4.1 %, with wildflower honey; and Memorial 4 %, with wheat and ginger.

6 June

Change of licensee at:

Bentley’s (Lancaster) is getting an outside drinking area..

The Bull (Morecambe) is apparently shut..

The Bobbin (Lancaster) has reopened after a ten-day refit. It looks just the same..

The licensee has left the Three Mariners (Lancaster) . This pub is soon to be renovated and become a restaurant..

60-62 Church Street is to become a restaurant-cum-wine bar (with a full licence)under the name of Sante (Lancaster) ..

19 June

Mitchells: have got a deal with Dent Brewery.

30 June

The New Holly (Forton) has no handpumps any more..

4 July

Change of licensee at:

Lankys (Lancaster) is being thoroughly renovated..

10 July

Change of licensee at:

The Hill Inn (Chapel-le-Dale) is up for sale..

The temporary manager at the Three Mariners (Lancaster) is being quite successful and plans for a restaurant have been shelved..

18 July

The change of licensee at the Cross Keys (Carnforth) is just a wife taking over from a husband and not a regime change..

Mitchells: Okells beers have started appearing in Mitchells pubs, so presumably they have a deal with them too.

25 July

The licensee of the Yorkshire House (Lancaster) is leaving soon..

26 July

Brysons: Mitchells have signed a supply deal with Brysons. Great news.

Mitchells: Mitchells have signed a supply deal with Brysons. Great news.

1 August

Change of licensee at:

8 August

The licensee of the Golden Ball (Snatchems) is leaving in September..

The Bath (Morecambe) has a new licensee..

Correction: The Hill Inn (Chapel-le-Dale) is not for sale..

The Masons Arms (Ingleton) is for sale..

The Sun Dial (Bentham) is for sale (perhaps already sold)..

A tenant has been found for the Three Mariners (Lancaster) ..

12 August

There is a new manageress in place at the Bowerham (Lancaster) First impressions are of no change..

The owner of the Marton Arms (Thornton-in-Lonsdale) is planning to retire later this year..

16 August

The Castle (Hornby) , previously all-keg, now has 2 guest beers. Quality seemingly erratic, though..

The Royal King’s Arms (Lancaster) , currently all-keg, is to stock Bryson's. Suggest you try the place on Bank Holiday Monday...

5 September

Change of licensee at:

The Brown Cow (Lancaster) is to be altered a bit..

The Collegian (Lancaster) is having a mild month..

The owner of the Marton Arms (Thornton-in-Lonsdale) is retiring. The pub has been sold to Enterprise Inns - the stated intention is to keep it running along the same lines..

The Masons Arms (Ingleton) has been sold to a private owner with financial backing from Thwaites..

The Sun Dial (Bentham) has been sold to a private owner with financial backing from Thwaites...

The pool room of the Three Mariners (Lancaster) is to be turned into a restaurant...

Lanky's has reopened under the new name of Lounge (Lancaster) . The new licensee is from Revolution, who is attempting to so the same thing but with rum instead of vodka..

6 September

The Albert (Lancaster) closed on August 31..

8 September

The Castle (Lancaster) reopened about 9 August..

29 September

The Brewster &, Travel Inn (Lancaster) is open. Anybody been in yet?.

30 September

The Royal (Morecambe) is apparently shut..

The Sun (Lancaster) is closed for refurbishment..

There is work going on at the Albert (Lancaster) ..

The Sante (Lancaster) is now open..

3 October

Change of licensee at:

4 October

I hear a rumour that the Fenwick Arms (Claughton) is to close..

7 October

The Graduate College Bar (Lancaster University) will soon have eight handpumps with Goose Eye and Jennings beers permanent..

10 October

The Albert (Lancaster) having been acquired by the neighbouring residential developer, is being extended into the shop next door and turned into a wine bar..

The Fenwick Arms (Claughton) is to reopen early November, contrary to earlier rumours..

The Hampson (Hampson Green) is to become a residential home like the nearby Foxholes..

15 October

Star Pubs and Bars: have sold all their pubs to Spirit, who already have a lot of mainly ex-Allied pubs.

25 October

Change of licensee at:

27 October

The Nag's has been renamed Last Orders (Lancaster) , without any other apparent change..

28 October

The Sun Dial (Bentham) is to reopen soon..

5 November

Brysons: The first bottled beers from Bryson's have just appeared. The first beer is Castle and the bottler is Hambleton.

7 November

Change of licensee at:

Alterations proposed at the New Holly (Forton) ..

The Carnforth Station Heritage Cen (Carnforth) has applied for a full on-licence..

8 November

have agreed a takeover by Punch. The combined group may have to sell a few pubs to satisfy competition regulators.

14 November

The Cross Streets (Austwick) is to be sold as a private house..

The new regime at Paddy Mulligan’s (Lancaster) has put cask ale back (Bitter and Thoroughbred).

18 November

The licensee of the Black Bull (Brookhouse) is leaving..

20 November

The Royal (Silverdale) is shut..

25 November

The Collegian (Lancaster) may soon have just Jennings for cask beer..

27 November

The Blue Anchor (Central Lancaster) is being trendified..

The Fenwick Arms (Claughton) reopened on 26 November. On that night, there was one handpump but no real ale because it was not in good enough condition.

It now seems certain that they will be bought by Enterprise Inns: it is unlikely you will notice any change in the pubs.

What may be noticeable is that the firm has an agreement which should mean that from next year, their pubs will be able to take beers direct from microbreweries. Around here, look for Hart, Brysons and Dent

British Waterways Board: Are planning to set up a pub-chain, mainly to do up decayed canalside buildings. This is unlikely to affect this area, but some of the pubs they already have the freehold of may join this chain - these include the Water Witch (Lancaster) and the Canal Turn (Carnforth).

30 November

The Blue Anchor (Central Lancaster) reopened on the 29 November after a big refurbishment. Four cask beers were available; typical Mitchells range..

The Castle is to reopen soon as Kampus (Lancaster) ..

2 December

The Collegian (Lancaster) is to take Jennings exclusively by Christmas. Beers should be Mild, Bitter, Cumberland Ale. Prices will come down by 3p/pt..

The licensee of the Morecambe (Morecambe) has left..

4 December

The Sun (Lancaster) is to reopen on 6 December. .

The Sun Dial (Bentham) is under the same regime as the Mason's Arms (Ingleton). .

The Masons Arms (Ingleton) has reopened with no alterations but it only sells Thwaites beer. .

The Horse & Farrier (Bentham) has guest beers again. .

The Flying Horseshoe (Clapham) is closed, probably for good. .

The Brown Cow (Lancaster) is to be extended into the shop next door..

The Britannia (Lancaster) has mild (Thwaites)..

The Albert has reopened as the Vine (Lancaster) ..

5 December

Change of licensee at:

Alterations proposed at the Park (Lancaster) ..

Alterations proposed at Pine Lake (Warton) ..

Rack’em (Lancaster) : yet another drinking-shop, this one at 1st floor, 34 Church Street has been delayed..

31 December

The Royal (Morecambe) is open..

The steward of the Graduate College Bar (Lancaster University) is planning to leave soon..

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