It’s nice to have a bit of positive local news to report. And while both the town centre Wetherspoons continue to dip in form; there’s a new kid, or should that be monkey, in town. The Monkey House Brewery Inc is situated on Silver St and brings a welcome cask outlet not only to the Silver St crawl but to the town centre generally. This one-roomed bar has something of the Belgian brown bar about it and while it is a work in progress, the early signs are promising. Three handpumps adorn the bar and all three, including the house beer, are from the Marstons stable. However, it is free of tie and this may well change in the future. The manager is very keen and so is the pricing. £2 a pint during the week had even Uncle Albert singing its praises. One to watch.
The Knowsley refit cost a reputed £160,000. On the other end of the scale,
could a £1000 makeover see an upturn in the fortunes of the Elizabethan? The
landlord, Wayne Welch, of this Ribble Drive pub certainly hopes so. It’s fair
to say that in the past the Lizzie has had something of a reputation. As one
review put it: “Horrible pub, avoid unless you are a chav, slag, drug
dealer/addict. If your one of those then its right up your shit infested alley.
Everyone else try somewhere else.” But since taking over in August, Mr Welch
has redecorated, refurbished the car park, installed CCTV cameras as well as
building a smoking shelter. As he says: “Don’t judge us on the past, judge us
on what’s happening now.” Why not take a look for yourself?