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Submitted on Friday, 8th February 2008
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The Royal Oak in Wigan

This pub has never been open whenever I've been in Wigan until today. A large open plan interior plus a small side room to the right on entering. A fairly pleasant, if untraditional interior makes it slightly different. A rear beer garden is available. 4 handpumps on the bar but only 2 on today with Wainwright and New Orders Stray Dog available today.
Reviewed by Al Bundy

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I missed doing a revisit here on my Shropshire cycling tour in 2014, due to road works between here and Clun where I was staying, so I made a point of approaching from a different direction on this year's tour, just in case. I was glad I did, because it was at the Crown that I found my beer of the week: Hobsons Best. Now some might say what's so special about Hobson's Best, and I must agree that I'd had several of the same brew and many others like it from other breweries while in the area. But this one was excellent to the point of being in a different class. I was only going to have a half, but it was so good I had another. That's the only downside to cycling, beer-wise - drinking only halves and limited to one per stop. Luckily I was only two miles from my destination so was able to treat myself. The landlord and his half-dozen late afternoon customers were friendly and welcoming and I had no trouble at all in giving the pub an extra point compared with my review of 2013. Now looking forward to my next visit.
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Discussions about the recent sale of Charles Wells’ beer brands to Marston’s rather exposed the lack of knowledge about the wider beer market from many commentators whose expertise was predominantly at the cask and craft end of the spectrum. For example, some were inclined to pooh-pooh my contention that market ....
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Another "review" from Ethelred the Unsteady: The Blue Bell in Bolsover. "[FONT=Arial Narrow]In the 1970s, pink-faced, well-scrubbed young coal miners would drink Mansfield bitter in this pub, accompanied by their attractive, denim-clad girlfriends, and all to the strains of "Sweet Home Alabama" or "Free Bird" on the jukebox. That was, when they were not being enthralled, by the energetic renditions of this-or-that pub rock ensemble, venturing over from Sheffield or from Nottingham. If you got hungry, then there were always pies and peas. The air outside was heavy with the coal-tar miasma from the nearby Coalite works. There was a motor workshop to the rear, where a long-haired man, of bear-like build, would service vehicles, especially sports cars. He didn't bother with jacks, but simply lifted them onto blocks. At the end of his day, he would wash his hands in petrol. The panoramic view from the car park was in large part a heavy industrial one, well, when it wasn't foggy, that was. I hope that my few supplementary words have helped you, to read the detailed and informative review below from an angle, which would give it more resonance than it might perhaps otherwise have had.[/FONT]" Notwithstanding my concern that, apparently, only Lynyrd Skynyrd records were available on Bolsover juke boxes in the 1970s, and the impact this might have had on the productivity at the local Coalite plant, I have to agree with what aleandhearty wrote here: by accepting his postings, "we run the risk of opening the sluice gates to a river of unwanted and irrelevant content". The Report a review sub-forum does not allow discussion, so I have copied and expanded my post there into the Chit Chat forum. I would be interested to hear other people's views.
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