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The Boathouse arrives

The Boathouse, Appley Bridge, Wigan

The Boathouse, Appley Bridge, Wigan

Located in Appley Bridge, Wigan, The Boathouse Pub and Kitchen is a fantastic new eating and drinking venue from Langtree Pub & Kitchens.

Serving the finest locally-sourced seasonal produce and a fantastic selection of drinks, The Boathouse replaces The Water’s Edge and opened its doors in September.

The grand opening of The Boathouse took place on the 2nd September and was attended by the Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Phyllis Cullen. Since opening the feedback for the venue has been fantastic, with social media and The Boathouse’s own website receiving many hits and ‘likes’ alongside the more traditional form of feedback – word of mouth.

Premier Hospitality recently caught up with Grant Ainsworth, Co-Owner of Langtree Pubs & Kitchens to find out a little more about The Boathouse. The venue marks the first venture from Langtree Pubs & Kitchens, which Grant runs alongside his twin brother Jonathan.

Grant said:

“The venue was formerly The Water’s Edge and operated for around 15 to 20 years. We took over the site in July 2014 and following a £375,000 refurbishment we transformed it into The Boathouse. This was a very quick turnaround and included everything from the interior through to the exterior, including a new kitchen, bar area, toilets, a new roof and a new landscaping scheme.

The Boathouse, Appley Bridge, Wigan

“The Boathouse offers guests a casual, relaxed dining experience that has a strong focus on British food, with the occasional French twist. A premium selection of wines, showcasing more than 30 different varieties; cask ales and speciality craft beer are also available. Meanwhile, main courses range from traditional pub classics such as Cumberland sausage and mash to fine-dining Chateaubriand steak providing an option for everyone and every occasion.”

Bury-based company WHB Contractors was the main contractor on the project. The company delivered the project as expected with no major challenges along the way.

Grant said:

“Jonathan and I started out working in kitchens, doing 70 hours a week. The dream for the last 12 years has been to open our own place, so working together for the first time to open The Boathouse has been amazing. In two or three years’ time we are looking to expand Langtree Pub & Kitchen’s portfolio, so this is a great starting point for us.”

The Boathouse’s menu is extensive and includes an array of tasty treats designed to tempt all who pass through the pub’s doors. The menu is arranged into a number of playful categories, including Lets Get Started, Something to Nibble On, The Usual Suspects and The Main Event.

The Boathouse, Appley Bridge, Wigan

All food at The Boathouse is freshly prepared and cooked to order, with produce sourced locally. Dishes include Boathouse beer battered fish; tarragon infused chicken breast; and duo of Cheshire pork; whilst a grill offering and a range of sides rounds out the menu.

Food is served from 5:30pm to 9:00pm, with a light bite menu available from 11am until 5pm.

The Boathouse’s food menu is backed by an impressive wine list, which is equally as packed as its counterpart. The drinks menu includes house wines, rosés, whites, reds and a selection of sparkling wines.

For more information about The Boathouse, please visit:

WHB Construction Ltd 

WHB Construction has been in operation as a Limited company since 1998, and prior to that worked as a sole trader from 1987. Specialising in pub refurbishments and maintenance, the firm has completed many developments in the hospitality sector. Recent pub projects that the company has successfully finalised include The Marine situated in Liverpool, The Fulford Arms in York, The Study Room in Lancaster and The Park Hotel at Lancaster.

The Boathouse, Appley Bridge, Wigan

Working as the main contractors of developments on The Boathouse, the establishment stripped out the existing structure, rebuilt it in accordance to the designer’s drawings and organised all of the sub-contractors involved. The entire bar fittings, electrical works and decorating was carried out by WHB Construction, in addition to the plumbing, heating and stylish floor finishes. The CCTV, carpets and curtains were also organised by the firm.

Premier Hospitality got in touch with Director of WHB Construction, Allan Crook, to find out a little more information.

“The success of the Boathouse project has been great for us to be involved with, it provides a sense of achievement and satisfaction when positive results are delivered and clients are happy.”

The Boathouse, Appley Bridge, Wigan

When asked what the company prides itself in, Allan said:

“We pride ourselves in providing a turnkey operation to our clients. We offer quick solutions and a top quality service to ensure maximum success and satisfaction.”


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