There's a warm and friendly family welcome at the White Crow, which can be found on the A5106 road between Wigan and Chorley at Worthington, right on the Lancashire / Greater Manchester border.
In days gone by the White Crow was a coaching inn where the passengers of mail and passenger coaches could take rest and refreshment as the horses took theirs (see our history page) ......now in the 21st century the White Crow is a family-owned fine food and drink establishment serving up a similar warm welcome to its guests whether arriving by car, horse or on foot!
Owners Stuart and Helen Birch have been looking after customers at the White Crow for ten years, and are now owners of the White Crow premises.
The White Crow offers real ales, roaring fires, fine home-cooked food stuffed full of local produce in portions to satisfy the biggest appetites, special dishes for younger customers, a comfortable family atmosphere, warm decor and excellent service from long-serving members of staff.
The fact that the White Crow is now no longer tied to one brewery means that Stuart and Helen can increase their range of real ales and provide an outlet for the large numbers of micro-breweries that have sprung up in Lancashire and the north west over the last few years.
Outstanding young home-grown chef David Hamilton - who started his White Crow career at a pot-washer at the tender age of 12 - is the man who keeps customers happy with his wide-ranging and wholesome cooking: the White Crow prides itself on using local suppliers (all the beef used at the White Crow is top quality English beef) and cooking the kind of dishes that suite the hearty and discerning appetites of Lancashire folk.
There is a broad range of dishes to suit all tastes on the menu (see our menu page), including a considerable choice of special dishes that can be found on the blackboard every day.
The aim is to provide customers with a value-for-money eating and drinking experience for the whole family. The White Crow proudly boasts a Healthy Business Award from Wigan Borough Council, and a Breast Feeding Friendly award. Salt is no longer provided on the tables, it is available on demand. We also participate in 'Safer Food - Better Business'.
The White Crow prides itself on being a real community pub. Regular Thursday quiz nights at 9pm support Derian House Childrens' Hospice just up the road in Astley. In 2009, a total of £2,600 was raised for this very worthy cause. Stuart and Helen also directly support St Wilfrid's Pimary School in Standish, Adlington Community Nursery and Hope Special School in Wigan. The White Crow is also a key player in the Wigan Food and Drink Festival which it has supported every year since it started.
The White Crow offers a comprehensive service for family occasions, and to groups and organisations.
We can provide a fixed-price luncheon for your meeting, cater for wedding receptions of up to forty people on any day of the week, and provide a warm and sympathetic reception for funeral parties from Monday to Friday before 5pm with a tailor-made buffet for up to 40 mourners.
The White Crow is a great venue for a quiet business meeting or lunch, and we can cater for meetings and lunches of up to 20 people.
We have a large car park, and a comfortable sheltered smokers' area.
Christmas is a special time of year at the White Crow: home-cooked, hand carved turkey is just the beginning. Our festive fayre is available from the start of December, and includes special menus with accompanying drinks like Bucks Fizz and gifts for your guests at the table.
Saturdays and Sundays are special days at the White Crow - bring the family down, order a drink, relax and take a look at the menu, order your food, relax some more.....we believe that the White Crow experience is meant to be savoured, so take your time and sit back as our kitchen team prepares your food fresh from local ingredients and to local recipes. There's nothing like weekends at the White Crow.