Last orders set to be called on Lancashire pub and brewery

Irwell Works Brewing

A Lancashire pub and brewery is on the verge of being wound up.

Irwell Works Brewing, in Irwell Street, Ramsbottom, is in the process of appointing a liquidator.

The business, which employed seven staff according to its most recent Companies House filing for the year to September 30, 2022, is holding a virtual meeting of creditors on October 31, to make the appointment.

In the meantime, nominated liquidator, Michael Royce, of M.R. Insolvency, based in Morley, Leeds, is dealing with matters.

According to a notice published by the London Gazette, the virtual meeting will seek a decision from creditors on the nomination of a liquidator and a resolution to wind up the company will be considered on October 31.

Companies House records show there is now only one director of Irwell Works Brewing, Victoria Charlotte Rourke-Smyth, following the resignation of fellow director, Derek James Wade, on September 19, 2023. He had been appointed as a director on September 28, 2018, when the company was originally incorporated.

The latest micro-entity accounts filed, for the year to September 30, 2022, revealed current assets of £17,198, down from £39,683 the previous year.

Micro-entity accounts can be submitted by firms with an annual turnover of less than £632,000, a balance sheet total of less than £316,000, or an average of less than 10 employees throughout the year.

The most recent accounts revealed a deficit of £135,382, which was an increase on the previous year’s deficit of £96,037.

The business had attracted more than 100 Google review from customers. Among the most recent was one saying: “If I owned a pub I’d have it exactly like this. The range of own produced ales are second to none. The head brewer must be a magician. The bar staff are super friendly while being very efficient. I travel around 10 miles to visit this gem of a pub/brewery and do so willingly. The atmosphere is always friendly and the customer base is one is the type not to shun new faces . The music nights simply add to the reason why I genuinely believe this to be THE best pub in England!! There , I’ve said it !!”

Another reads: “This great Brewery not only is a great friendly place with a sublime cosy atmosphere with people who appreciate and understand real ale behind the bar but the place produced scrumptious good real ales. A must to visit for real ale when in Ramsbottom.”

No-one was available for comment from Irwell Works Brewing or M.R. Insolvency.