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.
Lancaster Brewery Co: Good Will is back (presumably for a month).
The Water Witch (Lancaster) has been acquired by Mitchells. First indications are we will be getting ten of the usual Mitchells line-up plus two Lancaster beers..
The manager of the Bobbin (Lancaster) is moving to pastures new..
7 JanuaryChange of licensee at:
- Cross Keys (Slyne)
- Merchant’s (Lancaster)
There is a possibility that the Merchant’s (Lancaster) will be closed as it is owned by the Council and the area is set for redevelopment. It is changing from S&N management to a Punch tenancy, with new tenants. No real ale at the moment..
The Victoria (Lancaster) has got new owners and may possibly reopen as a pub..
10 JanuaryChange of licensee at:
- Cross Keys (Carnforth)
The Station (Ribblehead) is to be leased by Copper Dragon brewery..
There is an extension and alterations proposed at the Cross Keys (Carnforth) ..
A new licensee arrives at the Punch Bowl (Bentham) about 10 February.
The New Inn (Wray) closed on 2 ..
The New Inn (Wray) closed on 2 February for kitchen refurbishment..
1 MarchChange of licensee at:
- Masons Arms (Ingleton)
The Morecambe (Morecambe) is still shut. There are rumours it is to become a pub-restaurant..
The New Inn (Galgate) is closed for refurb..
The licensee of the White Lion (Halton) is moving to another pub..
13 MarchChange of licensee at:
- Battery (Heysham)
- Bobbin (Lancaster)
- Cuba (Lancaster)
- Dalton Arms (Glasson Dock)
The Farmer's Arms (Lancaster) is closed for refurbishment..
The Malt Shovel (Warton) is to let..
The Shovel (Carnforth) is to let..
The Stonewell Tavern (Lancaster) has reopened and is majoring in Italian food..
The licensee of the Marton Arms (Thornton-in-Lonsdale) is leaving..
Duke’s (Ingleton) has a new owner who will take over at the end of March with promises to keep it the same..
23 MarchChange of licensee at:
- Heaton Hall (Lancaster)
A new licensee is sought for the Galleon (Morecambe) ..
The Lancastrian (Lancaster) is to let..
13 AprilChange of licensee at:
- New Inn (Morecambe)
There has been a new licensee at the Church (Bonds) since December..
The Highwayman (Nether Burrow) has reopened. Great food, 3 Thwaites beers on sale (not always the same ones) Lots of space, flagged floors and painted walls..
The New Inn (Galgate) has reopened..
Lancaster Brewery Co: Lancaster have a new beer out called Best Bitter. Most so-called best bitters are neither particularly good nor particularly bitter but this one is certainly good and many might say it is the best beer brewed by Lancaster Brewery (so far).
Metro (Lancaster) , formerly Metro, formerly Sante has reopened as a cafe bar..
5 MayChange of licensee at:
- Highwayman (Nether Burrow)
Lancaster Brewery Co: The Sun (Lancaster) is holding Lancaster Brewery nights on the first Thursday of every month, when new beers (if any) are served and if you come between 4 and 7 pm there are heavy discounts
Lancaster Brewery Co: Lancaster Best is set to remain on sale for another month due to popularity with the possibility of becoming permanent. Kingmaker (seasonal from last June/July) will also make a reappearance for the summer months.
The Morecambe (Morecambe) has reopened but only Boddingtons and Tetley are on sale...
Red\'s has been renamed Mint (Lancaster) ..
17 MayChange of licensee at:
- Mint (Lancaster)
The lease of the Hest Bank (Hest Bank) is to be taken on by Gareth who has .been managing it for some time.
The tenancy of Merchant’s (Lancaster) is to be taken by Tim Tomlinson (Penny Bank/White Cross/Golden Lion)..
The Crofter’s (Cabus) has been sold to to a couple with hotel/catering experience..
Elliot’s (Lancaster) restaurant on Market Street in Lancaster is to be opened as a pub by Hyde\'s of Manchester (sic), still with the emphasis on food...
Clapham Bunk (Clapham) has changed its name to Reading RoomChange of licensee at:
- Hest Bank (Hest Bank)
- Pickerings (Catterall)
& Wheatsheaf (Ingleton) 60.
& Bentley’s (Lancaster) 60.
& Last Orders (Lancaster) 60.Honeycombe has been taken over by Cain’s, the Liverpool brewer. Three Cain’s tied houses in this area?
Metro (Lancaster) has changed its name to Bar Eleven
12 JuneChange of licensee at:
- Golden Lion (Lancaster)
- mood (Lancaster)
The Victoria (Lancaster) reopened on 20 July..
16 JulyChange of licensee at:
- Maggie’s Bar (Morecambe)
22 JulyChange of licensee at:
- Royal Station (Carnforth)
The Marton Arms (Thornton-in-Lonsdale) is to let..
The Redwell (Gressingham) is to let.
Elliot’s (Lancaster) has changed its name to Robert Gillow
The Bold Pub Co, owner of the Bradford (Morecambe) has been acquired by a firm called Calco Midlands..
The George & Dragon (Lancaster) has been sold to Admiral Taverns, a large company but new to this area. They are advertising for a tenant..
5 SeptemberChange of licensee at:
- George Washington (Warton)
- Moorlands (Lancaster)
Brysons: Brysons have launched a new beer called “John McGuinness Bitter”, reminiscent of the early Brysons brews &mdash sulphurous and full-flavoured.
The manager of the Mill Inn (Conder Green) is to move to the Richard Gillow, the new Hyde’s pub in Lancaster..
There is a plan to demolish the Broadway (Morecambe) and replace it with flats..
There is a newish pub in the area called Reading Room (Clapham) Mostly sells bottled beer. Strange opening hours though - closes at 6pm weekdays, 7pm Friday/Sat..
The Marton Arms (Thornton-in-Lonsdale) is to change hands mid-October..
The New Inn (Clapham) was sold to Enterprise Inns in late July, but the Copper Dragon beers are still for sale..
The Robert Gillow (Lancaster) opened on 24 September. Bar with a lot of wood; an upstairs room lounge-ish. Three Hyde’s cask ales..
5 OctoberChange of licensee at:
- Fleece (Dolphinholme)
The licensees are leaving the Golden Ball (Snatchems) ..
The licensee is leaving the Golden Ball (Snatchems) at the end of October.
The Shovel (Carnforth) is looking for a licensee..
Brysons: Brysons Christmas ales will be Speedy Santas Stout (5 %) and Santas Spiced Hurricane (4.1 %).
The last licensee of the Marton Arms (Thornton-in-Lonsdale) left in a hurry, so things are a bit chaotic there at the moment. It has been taken on temporarily by one of his old staff. Seven cask ales at the moment, largely the pub's regulars..
The George & Dragon (Lancaster) reopened on 1 November, selling Deuchar’s IPA, Greene King IPA and Boddingtons..
The Victoria (Lancaster) no longer has cask ale..
The lease of the Smuggler’s Den (Morecambe) is for sale..
There is a plan to convert most of the Castle (Hornby) to flats but keep a bar..
The Penny Street Bridge (Lancaster) , formerly the Farmer's Arms reopened on 27 November..
The Merchant’s (Lancaster) now has five real ales..
13 DecemberChange of licensee at:
- Bowling Green (Lancaster)