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Bank Top Brewery Ale House

(formerly Brown Cow)

36 Church Street

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Opening Times


MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - 11.30 pm
SaturdayMidday - 11.30 pm
SundayMidday - 11.00 pm

About the Pub

This is the second Bank Top Brewery pub. It sits in a conservation area opposite Horwich Parish Church and alongside 18th and 19th century cottages associated with the areas history of textile weaving and with the nearby historic Wallsuches Bleachworks. Bank Top Estates opened the pub in 2014 after an extensive refurbishment and it became the epitome of a traditional pub with a modern feel. The staff pride themselves on quality service and on their knowledge of the cask beers and real ciders. Nine handpumps showcase real ale from the ever-popular Bank Top range and always including Dark Mild, former Champion Mild of Britain. There is always one guest ale on the bar and a good selection of international bottled beers in the fridges. Up to six real ciders and/or perrys are available, half of these cellar-cooled and the rest from the fridges. It is a popular pub to meet and chat and attracts a mixed crowd of locals and and visitors taking advantage of the frequent bus service which stops outside the pub's front door. Walkers who have taken advantage of the local countryside and well-behaved dogs are more than welcome. A small but comfortable beer garden/smoking area is to be found at the rear. Please park thoughtfully when visiting. Branch Winter Pub of the Season 2016/17.

Historic Interest


Regular cask ales

This pub serves 6 regular beers.

  • Bank Top Bad to the Bone
  • Bank Top Dark Mild (Champion Mild of Britain 2014)
  • Bank Top Flat Cap
  • Bank Top Palomino Rising
  • Bank Top Pavilion Pale Ale
  • Bank Top Port O Call

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Bank Top --seasonal--
  • Bank Top --varies--

Rotating Bank Top beers plus their seasonal and one non Bank Top guest.

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available
  • LocAle LocAle Accredited
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • Garden Garden

    Patio area at rear.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Families welcome until 7pm.

  • Events Events

    Monthly Quiz night on 3rd Sunday in the month, see Facebook for details.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games


  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Occasional Jam nights last Monday in the month.

  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Smoking Shelter with Heater.

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Bank Top Brewery Ale House

36 Church Street

Sat Nav Reference

53.598773, -2.538342


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Nearby Bus Routes (10m)

125 (Bolton to Preston via Horwich and Chorley)

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Bank Top Brewery Ale House

36 Church Street

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • LocAle Accredited
  • Cask Marque Accredited
  • Quiet Pub
  • Additional Services
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Events
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Live Music
  • Smoking Area
  • Close to Bus Routes

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