Words by Jamie Tichborne
REGULARS of The Railway in Greenfield need no introduction to the pub’s new landlady.
Megan Watson has taken over from Steve Read as mine host at the Shaw Hall Bank Road hostelry.
In doing so she becomes the Railway’s third licensee in 12 months after the previous departures of the Robinson family.
And Megan hopes her plans will bring in customers old and new.
“I have worked at the pub since I was 19 and I have seen it change,” she explained.
“I’ve wanted a pub for a long time and I think I can make a difference.”
Over the years, the pub’s music nights became legendary, drawing in visitors from outside Saddleworth.
“The plan is to continue with the music as it always did when Paula (Duddle) and John (Barnes) were here,” Megan said, referencing the well-known couple who pulled their last pints in December 2015.
“So, that will be Thursday nights and Sundays. But we have also added an open mic night on a Tuesdays.”
The music-based plans don’t stop there either: “There are plans for music lessons,” explained Megan.
“We want to hold the rock school grade system so that people can come and do their grades with us. We want to have a music school.”
And it will be music to the ears of drinkers when Megan adds: “We’d like the whole of Saddleworth to know we’ve got Tiger Rut back on at £3 a pint instead of £3.50.
“That’s my biggest triumph in the whole time of having the pub!
“We’re also changing my ales weekly and every couple of weeks just to keep everybody on their toes.
“But Bombardier is coming back as a permanent ale along with the Tiger Rut.”
A new tenant is still being sought for another Greenfield pub.
The Clarence, at the junction of Chew Valley Road and Manchester Road, has been closed since landlord Mel Robinson left in February 2018.
A spokesperson for Enterprise Inns said: “The pub is still being advertised so we are looking for a new operator.”