Hare & Hounds, Holcombe Brook
Lamb, Tottington Road
Good Sam, Ramsbottom
Robert Peel, Market Place, Bury
Towler, Walmersley Road
Red Lion, Hawkshaw*
Pack Horse, Affetside
First Chop, Ramsbottom
*There’s some bad news for fans of the excellent Red Lion. As a consequence of the credit crunch, the pub was put up for sale, thus providing the long serving landlord an opportunity to buy it. It was always going to be a tall order and unfortunately it looks like he has failed to secure sufficient finance to go ahead with the purchase.
The tale of woe doesn’t end there, though. Currently the pub is run with a light touch by the owners: allowing for some tasty guest beers such as Phoenix. However, the likely purchaser has turned out to be none other than local lager brewers J.W.Lees. Which will mean drinkers will have a choice of dull-as-dishwater locally brewed ale or pure Middleton Carslberg.
What have the landlord and the drinkers of Hawkshaw done to deserve that?!