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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 2nd November, 2014)

Holts Arms aka The Foot

Holts Arms aka The Foot
Crank Road, Billinge.

Photo: Darren Atherton  (Camera/phone Sony Xperia)
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Comment by: Fred Mason on 2nd November 2014 at 08:24

Nice looking pub, great atmosphere. Wonder what the food is like? (And the beer, of course)

Great pic, Darren.

Comment by: Mick on 2nd November 2014 at 08:28

Billinge is a no-man's-land in the North West of England in the old county boundaries of Lancashire. Billinge is split into 2 districts, Billinge Chapel End and Billinge Higher End. Chapel End sits within the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens in the county of Merseyside, with Higher End being a district of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan in Greater Manchester.

This unique positioning between not only the two warring towns of Wigan and St Helens but the rival cities of Liverpool and Manchester has lead to fierce debate between “Chapel Enders” and “Higher Enders” as to who has it worse; and discussion at the United Nations Security Council as to whether Billinge should be officially designated as a Demilitarized Zone; however, the pro-Wigan stance of the Russian Government has led to the persistent veto of any attempts to deploy UN Peace Keeping forces.

Talks are currently ongoing to twin Billinge with Waziristan on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.


Comment by: Giovanni on 2nd November 2014 at 08:57

I remember seeing local beat groups here in the 60's. Pupils from Up Holland Grammar and Secondary would regularly roll up. The Danson sisters is one name I recall. All under age but who cares!

Comment by: peterp on 2nd November 2014 at 10:23

Nice to see a pub which is still open. The photo makes it very appealing.

Comment by: Syd on 2nd November 2014 at 11:22

This image represents the quintessential English pub, great photo!

Comment by: cristine bishop on 2nd November 2014 at 11:27

used to go regular 2 years ago ,have a meal ,and the quiz night ,really good meal ,then the prices started going up £5 for soup ,steaks went up just for a sirloin ,dont know whats it like now but a friendly pub it was then .white swan used to do a good steak meal till the price of meat went up ,then they stopped doing them

Comment by: Neil Cain on 2nd November 2014 at 12:12

Lovely Labrador dog called Harvey, got a beer named after him and featured in The Observer a while back. Menu could be a bit broader for us old stick in the muds who like traditional meals.

Comment by: Giovanni on 4th November 2014 at 09:34

The original name of this pub was Foot O'er Causeway. Crank Road led up to Billinge Hill and the beacon used by courting couples in years gone by (I should know!)

Comment by: jack on 21st January 2015 at 15:44

nice pub, nice location. Food is good but expensive and I payed 3.90 for a pint of larger!

Comment by: Sam h on 1st November 2015 at 12:20

Hope the beer in this pub is not the same as the name of the pub holts it's a manchester brew and a required taste in fact it's a bit like sorry to say dish water with weird smell

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