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John Bull Chophouse, Wigan

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The Hop House is only open at weekends, fairly quiet on our recent midweek visit. Friendly barman, I had Thwaites 'Wainwright' [good pint].
alehippy - 11 Oct 2019 18:16
Very busy on our recent visit, it now has a new upstairs bar called the Hop House with 6 ales on. I had to have Rivington Brewery 'Average Guy, Exceptional Hair' and a nice ale it was.
alehippy - 31 Oct 2018 21:09
Had Thwaites 'Crown Jewels' this time we visited, very nice ale.
alehippy - 4 Jul 2017 19:32
Barman friendly & efficient, lively last Sunday evening. Serves Thwaites ales, I tried 'Boo' & 'Fly the Flag' both nice ales.
alehippy - 30 Oct 2016 18:50
Not too busy when we dropped in at around one, but quickly became busier. The juke box indeed has an excellent choice of good rock, but despite the high volume of same this interesting pub appears to be popular with all ages and we found the customers friendly and chatty, the bar staff helpful and efficient and the ale choice sufficient and of good quality. Well worth a visit.
Stamfordian - 6 Mar 2016 18:04
I had a bit of time to kill whilst changing trains in Wigan last night. So I walked the 5 minutes up the hill to this ancient place, that I've never noticed before. It's situated just off the main drag and overlooks a large square. But you wouldn't necessarily know it was here. It's actually just behind the Moon Under Water. The interior was seriously decked out for Halloween. Many of the customers were inebriated. The more sober ones appeared to be seeking solitude outside. I braved the interior and was rewarded with a decent selection of drinks for a Thwaites house. They did have 2 of their craft brews - Boo & Handsome Devil. In addition they had Hobgoblin. But they also had Westons Old Rosie and their Mulled Cider. Atmospheric place that is worth a try when in Wigan.
blue_scrumpy - 2 Nov 2015 17:48
Called in here yesterday with a friend I used to work with. Ended up settling for a pint of Rosie cider which was very thirst quenching. Enjoyed a couple of games of pool in the upstairs room.

You can tell the building is very old with wooden beams and a worn in feel. It's just a shame that the pub is tied to the Thwaites Brewery, as I'm not their biggest fan. Another issue to point out is that the handpumps are only used at weekends too.

On the positive note the jukebox is extensive with classic rock and metal music compilations.
realalerules1983 - 27 Sep 2012 17:56
Ended up missing my planned return train journey owing to this place. Like a daft bugger I ended up on the "low flyer" Famouse Grouse whiskey. Trouble was that it went down too well! Excellent jukebox. Fantastic and intriguing interior (apparently it used to be a slaughter house) you can still see the hooks where they used to hang the carcasses and meats etc.

Well worth a visit.
realalerules1983 - 9 Jul 2011 18:46
It's a shame that they only serve the thwaites handpump ales at weekends only!
realalerules1983 - 20 Feb 2011 21:35
A brilliant pub. Fantastic atmosphere and rock juke box.
westyorkshire - 21 Jul 2010 19:46
Good selection on the jukebox, Thwaites brewery on offer, stefan (regular) always intrigues me with his revelations and secrets!
realalerules1983 - 20 Jun 2010 22:10
Haven't been in for 10 years.. what went wrong? .. offered illegal substances by a "friend" of the bloke on the bar. This used to be a nice pub with a great atmosphere.. sadly no more.
julia.d - 1 Oct 2009 23:54
Lively & busy when I visited. The beer was ok, but I thought the layout & character of the pub was great. A Mixed crowd and The toilets could definately do with a bit of TLC.
realalechav - 21 Jul 2009 20:36
Carlurmston said it all, really. It's a pity that real ale isn't served during the week, though; otherwise I'd be in there more often.
E.L.Wisty - 19 Jul 2009 13:07
Of Wigan's two 'alternative' bars, this one is more geared towards the older crowd. Popular with bikers, the jukebox is the stuff of legend- don't bother trying to get anything on it when the pub is packed! It is a ramshackle place on two levels with parts dating back to the 1600s. Once upon a time it was jam-packed on a Saturday night, but now the crowds generally assemble in front of the pub in order to smoke, leaving more breathing space inside. There are a variety of Continental lagers and two Thwaites' handpumps. One of the best pubs in Wigan and one of the few places in town on a Saturday night that doesn't destroy your faith in humanity.
Carlurmston - 19 Aug 2008 17:07

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