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The Swan & Railway, Wigan

80 Wallgate
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Local Pub (Marstons)

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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
[User has posted 2625 recommendations about 2475 pubs]

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
[User has posted 736 recommendations about 717 pubs]

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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
[User has posted 2854 recommendations about 2775 pubs]

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Map location corrected by ROB Camra
Wigan North Western, 0.05 miles, 1 min walk (show)
Wigan Wallgate, 0.22 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Ince (Manchester), 1.29 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Swan & Railway, Wigan
25th Mar 2020, 12:10
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
15th Mar 2020, 14:22
Review submitted by Will Larter

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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 28 February 2008 by Moby Duck
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