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Top End Bar, Ashton under Lyne

If being made welcome, paying reasonable prices for your drinks and drinking them in a friendly environment aren’t of interest to you, then Ashton’s Top End Bar is probably not your pub. If, however, you do value such things, it’s well worth a visit.

The pub is located on Stamford Street Central near its junction with George Street and at the side of the Feathers pub and can be seen by clicking on this link. Its Facebook page can be accessed using this link.

Although they stop serving at 10pm, there’s no deadline on when you have to leave.


The building on the left was once the Friendship pub near Henry Square and, like too many Ashton pubs, has hung up its pint pots for the last time. The building was built in 1827 by Thomas Schofield and was where Schofield’s Brewery began.

The pub as it was can be seen by clicking on this link and this link.

Although by no means providing a complete list of Ashton pubs which have bitten the dust over the years, this link may be a reminder of some of them.

Believe it or not, there was a time when there were more pubs in Ashton than takeaways.

Using information from the excellent book on the left (see information below), we’ve compiled a list of those pubs.  Sadly, most are no longer with us but where they are, we’ve tried to use their current name.

Clicking on either of the following links gives a text file (txt), one for the pubs by name and the other by address.

Ashton pubs by name (then address).

Ashton pubs by address (then name).

Book Details as follows:

A Directory of Ashton Pubs by Rob Magee.

ISBN-10: 1852160438

ISBN-13: 978-1852160432

Pubs Pegs Langtern

Originally opened in 1968 as Peg’s Lantern, this pub on St Albans Avenue, OL6 8TU, has had a few changes of name - Pegs Tavern, The Waterhouse and now Pegs Langtern.

Being a Free House and therefore not tied to a brewery, its prices can be set as its management sees fit which, since pubs are facing stiff competition from supermarkets, is no bad thing in an age where pubs are closing down as they are doing.