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The Swan & Railway, Wigan

80 Wallgate

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Local Pub (Marstons)

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Swan & Railway

Nicely restored pub, right opposite the North Western station, with numerous heritage features in the bar, corridor and side room. Seven real ales on handpump, which might be several too many in the current circumstances since my pint of Prospect Dark Mild (£2.90) seemed to have sat around in the pipes rather too long...

On 10th October 2020 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about The Swan & Railway

Having swerved this one on previous visits to Wigan, I was very pleased to hear that it had been restored to its former glory and reopened with a focus on real ale. This is one of Camra's heritage pubs (see detailed description on their website), with some beautiful interior features, notably the tiles in the lobby. The hand pumps (seven of them - see photo) are in the bar on the right, though the beers are also listed on the hatch from which corridor drinkers can be served. Only one of the seven was a new beer to me (Wily Fox Blonde Vixen), so a fairly mainstream offering, but the Bass was in very good shape. This pub would be worth a longer visit than we had time for before the football, but I did have a peek into a couple of other rooms, and the corridor to the toilets is lined with some very good quality black & white photos of old pubs and sports teams.

Date of visit: 7th March 2020

On 25th March 2020 - rating: 9
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Brainy Pool left this review about The Swan & Railway

now open again after a pain staking restoration. the pub is unrecognisable from the scruffy mess it was before. yet it looks exactly as it should. the main bar is beautiful again with its famous swan motif. great old school jukebox and good selection of ales, mostly of the classic bitter variety - bass is a permanent fixture! offers something very different to the Central , it’s going to be hard to choose where to go for a pint during connections now!

On 21st September 2019 - rating: 9
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ROB Camra left this review about Swan & Railway Hotel

As you enter there's a small pool room to the right and an island bar serving two very tatty rooms. This was a smart pub when I used to call in after the Wigan beer festival at the pier, sadly it's a shabby mess now. 6 handpumps on the bar, but only 2 on which were Hobgoblin and a Marstons Revisionist special beer which tasted crap, although it was well kept enough. Needs a lot of money spending on it to make is good again.

On 12th October 2016 - rating: 4
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Al Bundy left this review about Swan & Railway Hotel

A pretty nice looking pub from the outside and inside is a very traditional old style pub with lots of stained glass windows. Multi-roomed with, at this time, the pool room to the left being seemingly redecorated. Hopefully that will extend to the rest of the place, especially the banquettes that seem to be held together by various shades of duct tape. It looks like its home to tattooed metal fans which isn't too bad cos the background music was mostly guitar solo wankery nonsense. But that maybe just today's visit.

On 20th April 2016 - rating: 5
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Swan & Railway Hotel

A fine looking pub, with an equally interesting interior. The pub consists of a central mahogany servery, highly glazed Victorian wall tiles and floor mosaic tiles. This is a Marstons house, so Pedigree was the order of the day.

On 22nd February 2014 - rating: 7
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peter ashworth left this review about Swan & Railway Hotel

Unspoiled traditional local adjacent to the railway station.On entry you cannot help noticing the mosaic floor,high ceiling,and the green ornate wall tiles.The room to the right boasts a large selection of framed railway photos,plus a very large impressive stained glass feature behind the bar of a swan with a railway engine either side.Although the pub could possibly do with a revamp,a great deal of character would be lost in the process.There was a few cask beers on when i visited with the Marstons Pedigree being the pick of the crop.This pub is certainly worth a visit especially if you have a bit of free time before a train journey.

On 7th June 2012 - rating: 7
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Steven Kacer left this review about Swan & Railway Hotel

A fair sized pub noted for it's stained glass over the bar,quite a good slection of ales.

On 28th February 2008 - rating: 10
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