The new owners are local pubco Welcome Taverns, who have leased the pub from Enterprise Inns who, it will come as no surprise, didn’t have a clue as to what to do with the pub. Welcome was formed in 2006 and they hope to build their estate up to 20 by revamping bottom-end freeholds, all within a ten miles radius of Bolton. Currently they own three other pubs, all of which now serve real ale and quality food. One of these is the nearby, similar sounding, Chetham Arms which with 6 beers on is worth a visit anyway.
The plan for the Brewhouse was for Bank Top founder John Feeney to supervise training and the initial brewing. However, that failed to materialise and Darwen based Hopstar have stepped into the breach. One batch has been brewed on the four-barrel plant and quickly sold out. Training is continuing and on my visit yesterday there were no house beers available, but 3 guest beers accompanied the regional regulars.