We welcome more pub variety in area, says Thwaites director

Blackburn Citizen: Mr Buchanan, of Thwaites Mr Buchanan, of Thwaites

BREWERY Thwaites has welcomed the arrival of discount chain JD Wetherspoon to Darwen.

Wetherspoon’s opened The Old Chapel in the former Railway Road Methodist Church last month.

It has led to speculation as to the future of other town centre pubs, with nearby The Bridgewater announcing a costly refurbishment later this year.

But Thwaites bosses said The Millstone, which was for years the main town centre pub in Darwen, welcomed the extra competition.

Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations, said: “The Millstone in Darwen has always been a favourite with tourists and locals alike.

“Thwaites invested in the pub just 18 months ago, when it underwent an extensive refurbishment and we are delighted with how it is trading.

“We welcome the arrival of any new establishments into the local area. Not only does it demonstrate that the pub trade is alive and kicking, but it also adds more variety to the town’s social offering.”

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5:35pm Thu 6 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

thwaites,s has been a great employer to Blackburn people over the generations but its so sad to see this once proud east Lancashire brewery struggling to compete with the new age drinkers who prefer the modern Juke boxless pubs who cater for a different type of client,
thwaites,s has been a great employer to Blackburn people over the generations but its so sad to see this once proud east Lancashire brewery struggling to compete with the new age drinkers who prefer the modern Juke boxless pubs who cater for a different type of client, noddy57
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5:57pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Bat E Karen says...

Whenever I've been in The Millstone there's been an atmosphere like a fight's going to break out any minute. I don't go in any more.
Whenever I've been in The Millstone there's been an atmosphere like a fight's going to break out any minute. I don't go in any more. Bat E Karen
  • Score: 5

10:02pm Thu 6 Feb 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Do us a favour someone ! Please show Thwaites how to make beer. :-)
Do us a favour someone ! Please show Thwaites how to make beer. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -4

6:57am Fri 7 Feb 14

Real Ale Up North says...

Darwen is pretty well off for drinking dens, compared with other town centre's. I have just reviewed the Number 39 Bar for the Lancashire Telegraph. It's just up from the Millstone, on pedestrianised Bridge Street. It's a cracking,small, contemporary bar. Nice, relaxed atmosphere - and ale at £2 a pint. Wetherspoon's has added to the choice for its residents.
They also have two excellent local brewers too. Hopstar and Snaggletooth brew exceptional beer - as do Three B's Brewery just up the road in Feniscowles. :-)
Darwen is pretty well off for drinking dens, compared with other town centre's. I have just reviewed the Number 39 Bar for the Lancashire Telegraph. It's just up from the Millstone, on pedestrianised Bridge Street. It's a cracking,small, contemporary bar. Nice, relaxed atmosphere - and ale at £2 a pint. Wetherspoon's has added to the choice for its residents. They also have two excellent local brewers too. Hopstar and Snaggletooth brew exceptional beer - as do Three B's Brewery just up the road in Feniscowles. :-) Real Ale Up North
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7:28am Fri 7 Feb 14

Bat E Karen says...

The Old Function Room (ex-Craiglands) on Watery Lane is quite nice too.
The Old Function Room (ex-Craiglands) on Watery Lane is quite nice too. Bat E Karen
  • Score: 0

3:11pm Fri 7 Feb 14

hetty_wainthrop says...

The Millstone is soulless.
The Millstone is soulless. hetty_wainthrop
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3:28pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Davelyn says...

Thwaites haven't give a sh1t about there pubs / customers for years.
Thwaites haven't give a sh1t about there pubs / customers for years. Davelyn
  • Score: 1

6:07pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Stone Island: says...

At the end of the day, Thwaites are just too expensive. I was in The Old Chapel very recently, and got a pint of real ale for £1.79 Which Thwaites pub offers ale at this price? None, to my knowledge. In fact, there was an article recently in The LT about a Thwaites pub in Hyndburn - I won't name it - that has undergone a major refurbishment, and the author of the article claimed that a pint of Thwaites cask ale was THREE QUID! Madness. Pure greed at the end of the day. That's what Thwaites are famous for; greed. From what they charge their tenants, to what they charge for their products.

Love or hate Wetherspoons, they have a fantastic 'model'. When was the last time a Wetherspoons pub closed down? I don't know of any. How many Thwaites pubs have closed over the years? Far too many. I wonder why?
At the end of the day, Thwaites are just too expensive. I was in The Old Chapel very recently, and got a pint of real ale for £1.79 Which Thwaites pub offers ale at this price? None, to my knowledge. In fact, there was an article recently in The LT about a Thwaites pub in Hyndburn - I won't name it - that has undergone a major refurbishment, and the author of the article claimed that a pint of Thwaites cask ale was THREE QUID! Madness. Pure greed at the end of the day. That's what Thwaites are famous for; greed. From what they charge their tenants, to what they charge for their products. Love or hate Wetherspoons, they have a fantastic 'model'. When was the last time a Wetherspoons pub closed down? I don't know of any. How many Thwaites pubs have closed over the years? Far too many. I wonder why? Stone Island:
  • Score: 1

10:59am Tue 11 Feb 14

Real Ale Up North says...

There are some valid comments above. However, some are unfair. Yes, their beers are a tad pricey - and I have mentioned this on occasion in this paper. But Thwaites do brew some excellent ales. They certainly know how to brew beer. Some of their seasonal ales from their Crafty Dan microbrewery, are exceptional. Fallen Nun, Old Dan, Triple C, 13 Guns, Benny and Hop. And their best seller, the core beer,Wainwright is a fine quaff - although in my opinion they brew many superior ales.
There are some valid comments above. However, some are unfair. Yes, their beers are a tad pricey - and I have mentioned this on occasion in this paper. But Thwaites do brew some excellent ales. They certainly know how to brew beer. Some of their seasonal ales from their Crafty Dan microbrewery, are exceptional. Fallen Nun, Old Dan, Triple C, 13 Guns, Benny and Hop. And their best seller, the core beer,Wainwright is a fine quaff - although in my opinion they brew many superior ales. Real Ale Up North
  • Score: 1

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