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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 27th February, 2012)

The Owls

The Owls
At Standish.

Photo: Brian  (Fuji Finepix S7000)
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Comment by: Ken R on 27th February 2012 at 00:03

Had a few meals in there, the last one was when one of our party asked for a glass of water and was told they could buy a bottle at the bar.
Not a good advert.

Comment by: janet on 27th February 2012 at 00:44

The very last Christmas dinner I had with my Dad was at The Owls... he passed away just three weeks before we were to go back and spend another Christmas with him :-(

Comment by: Derek Platt on 27th February 2012 at 01:11

I've heard of this place from members of my family that live in Wigan. I suppose it used to be a pub. Apparently very good food also. By the way nice photo, and what is the display case about

Comment by: Mick on 27th February 2012 at 07:16

Ive never noticed that stone looking glass fronted box before.

Comment by: Gee H on 27th February 2012 at 10:43

Had many a nice evening at the owls, really good atmosphere, but have to agree with Ken R, being told to buy a bottle of water at the bar, is really not good!

Comment by: Helen on 27th February 2012 at 11:31

I would like to know about the display case like Derek...whats is it about ?

Comment by: A parr Adelaide on 27th February 2012 at 13:12

I had a good meal at the owls; a few years back.John Gee was the owner then,Idont know if he still do;s. Good photo Brian.

Comment by: Cyril on 27th February 2012 at 14:04

The items in the display cabinet look like the glazed terracotta biscuit ware ornaments that were popular a while back, isn't one a chef and the other a pig dressed like a butcher complete with pork pie hat, they housed kitchen items such as wooden spoons etc.

Comment by: jamie on 27th February 2012 at 15:50

iv'e lived in wigan all my life and i travel up to standish quite a lot but iv'e not got a clue where this is?

Comment by: Mick on 27th February 2012 at 16:00

I was on my way to Worthington Lake so I called in to have a closer look and I will reveal all on Wiganworld forums.

Comment by: Bob on 27th February 2012 at 16:00

I got told the owls use to be the Rectory for St wilfrids many years ago.

Comment by: Geoff on 27th February 2012 at 16:51

Re buying a bottle of water; a new mandatory licensing condition was introduced by the government on 6th April, 2010, it states licensed premises must ''ensure that customers have access to free tap water so that they can space out their drinks and not get too intoxicated too quickly'' it was introduced to help prevent binge drinking (not suggesting that the member of your party is a binge drinker Ken), it is a criminal offence to fail to comply, don't pay for it next time.

Comment by: David Barker on 27th February 2012 at 18:44

The Display case looks like a stone water trough what cattle or horses drink out,turned on its side ,nice photo Brian.

Comment by: alan lad on 28th February 2012 at 21:49

think this building was added to the old Rectory about 1972 .

Comment by: Prue on 28th February 2012 at 23:21

they should knock this down and use the stone to rebuild St Catharines in Scholes

Comment by: Nic on 1st March 2012 at 03:01

My brother works here and it's owned my my sister in laws grandfather. I travelled home from Australia for my brother's wedding here and it was lovely. It's a beautiful building on lovely grounds and a must visit for lunch or dinner when in Standish.

Comment by: Evelyn on 1st March 2012 at 22:04

Ask for water and you will get some, we did.

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