Although I never went into this pub before it became a weather spoons I have heard by word of mouth that it has lost some of its local raw appeal. However for other reasons it continues to be a great pub. It is one of two weather spoons in Wigan the other being the moon under water which is in the town centre of Wigan. The Brocket is situated further towards the outskirts quite close to Menses Park and one of Wigan’s two college campuses. As a general rule all weather spoons are known and loved mostly for their reasonable drink and food prices (who can argue with a beer and burger for only £3.29) and also there great themed nights and special offers. The Brocket is no exception and tends to be a little cheaper than the moon under water as it is further out of the centre of town. A good day to go in for cheap drinks is a Monday when there are many special offers on drinks, but there is usually a couple of drinks that are kept cheep all week (bottles of vodka source or beck’s for only a pound is the kind of offer you can expect) Thursdays and Fridays are not advisable nights to visit if you want a quiet drink, Thursdays is curry night which is very popular with the locals, and Fridays the pub is always packed with people on there way to the pubs and clubs in the centre of Wigan. However these nights are a good laugh if you can put up with the noise and maybe having to stand up. Because the pub is close to the college and has reasonable prices it is popular with the students and also quite a few members of staff. There are still some of the old regulars as I believe and is has apparently kept a lot of its old charm. The atmosphere is always cheerful and is suitable for old and new! If you live anywhere in the area I suggest you check it out, have a quick bevy and a tasty lamb burger and judge for yourself!
No 2 in a series – Yes, less than a mile away from the Moon Under Water in Wigan, there is another Wetherspoons. Situated in down town Swinley is the Brocket Hotel – sadly it is now no longer a hotel now that Wetherspoons have taken it over, but they have given the old place a new lease of life nevertheless. I suppose there are probably a few people who resent the place now – you used to go in on a Wednesday night and the place would be virtually empty apart from the proverbial old boy and his dog. Now you’ll be lucky to get a seat. Once again, price is the main selling point, but it’s even cheaper again than the other Wigan pub as this one is outside of the town centre. It’s a friendly pub, maintaining the old Brocket feel about it, and there is also room to sit outside on a nice day (you might be waiting a while though for both a table and a nice day! The infamous “Curry Night” on a Thursday is a particular favourite, there aren’t many places that you can get a curry and a pint for under a fiver, so well done there!! And if that’s not incentive enough, then I have it on good authority that one of the (female) bar staff has been known to appear in erm.."magazines"!! Oh dear these reviews always seem to go down hill somewhat!