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The Atherton Arms,Tyldesley Road.
The Atherton Arms,Tyldesley Road.

CONNOISSEURS of a good pint of real ale are spoilt for choice after a host of Leigh’s pubs made it into the latest edition of the beer lover’s bible.

No fewer than ten public houses from across the town are listed in the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide 2013, with four pubs in Leigh, three in Atherton, one in Tyldesley and two in Astley making the grade.

Last year’s local CAMRA pub of the year, the White Lion on Leigh Road, once again makes it into the guide, to be joined in Leigh by Wetherspoon pub The Thomas Burke, named after a famous local opera singer nicknamed the Lancashire Caruso, the Boar’s Head in Market Place and Leigh Rugby Union Club.

The Thomas Burke manager Philippa Hampson said: “I am delighted that The Thomas Burke has been recognised for the quality of its real ales by CAMRA members.

“We offer our customers an excellent range of real ales, including those from regional brewers and microbrewers, as well as hosting our own beer festivals. Staff at the pub work hard to ensure that the real ales on offer are kept in first-class condition.”

Atherton is also well-stocked for cask ale tipplers, with the Jolly Nailor, owned by Wigan brewery AllGates and sponsor of the town’s real ale festival, the Atherton Arms on Tyldesley Road and Moorhouse’s pub Pendle Witch being adjudged to meet CAMRA’s standards.

The Mort Arms in Tyldesley, the Boathouse Inn on the Bridgewater Canal towpath in Astley and the Bull’s Head on Manchester Road are also included. The pubs in the guide, which marks its 40th anniversary this year, are chosen by the national network of CAMRA’s thousands of members and visited regularly to ensure the very best pints of cask ale are being served and monitor the quality of the pub’s facilities.