Which Bolton venues deserves to be the Pub of the Year 2022?
With the curtain falling on 2022, we’ve decided to round up the best venues that we’ve featured as Pub of the Week.
We have 47 different establishments for you to choose from so read the online article (boltonnews.co.uk) and fill in the form to let us know which one deserves to earn a place in the top five and with a change of coronation. Bolton News Pub of the Year 2022′.
In January we heard how much THE LORD RAGLAN were part of the community and “everyone is there for each other”.
We then went to HOPE AND ANCHOR and found out how people come into the pub and then “leave as friends”.
Our search for the best pubs got on the right track with GREYHOUND where we found out why it used to be known as Kickin’ Donkey as it had stables in the back.
Then we spoke to Kevin Banks, owner of a cocktail bar PIGGY BANKS, who hosts fun fundraisers for cancer charities.
We learned about a historic country pub between Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs, perfect for walkers and dog walkers – THE STRAWBURY DUCK.
We grabbed the Bull – THE BLACK BULL by the horns in Edgworth to learn more about the spectacular views and the food for people to enjoy
THE SWEET GREEN TAVERN was our next stop and Kevin Banks told us it’s “a real 1950’s traditional tavern stuck in a bubble”.
We went to Astley Bridge to see the BAY MARE which has an “older, homely style of decor and… there are lots of pictures of Bolton back then”.
In March, the bosses of Wanderers pub THE VULCAN told us about their charitable side and how they raised £1,093 for Bolton Hospice and were at the heart of their community.
We then went to THE QUEENS HOTEL in Bradley Fold and spoke to Sean Hornby about how during the lockdown they “had a WhatsApp group to keep in touch with old people (to see) if they were okay, and gave them food when needed”.
“For the owners of BREWHOUSE in Bolton, the best part was meeting new people every day.
Elsewhere, tails are wagging at THE KING WILLIAM in Turton, which has a dog menu and donates 50p to the Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary.
We then heard the touching story at THE STORK TAVERN, where landlord Graham Brooks told us how the community recovered when his wife Jan Parker-Brooks sadly passed away in February 2021, and how “family, friends and regulars turned up outside the pub to clap ‘when she drove by in the hearse’.
In April, we visited YATES Bar, who told us about their “large range of flavored gins and 241 cocktails that are very popular”.
One of Bolton’s most famous pubs was next on the list and was named after Nat Lofthouse at the LION OF VIENNA.
We’ve heard from Emma Costello at HENIGHANS BAR AND GRILL going from strength to strength with “the traditional pub look but with modern twists including a stage and PA system”.
The SPREAD EAGLE at Bromley Cross may have been there for over 100 years but “it has become the focal point of the community during lockdown and features a fruit and vegetable market”.
Then came one of the most unusual pub features when we visited the OXYGEN BAR, Bolton’s first cocktail bar to offer the unique experience of oxygen therapy.
A visit to Horwich led us to the ORIGINAL BAY HORSE which underwent a “major refurbishment in January 2022 with the beer garden being redesigned with newly installed heaters and a TV”.
The BOWLING GREEN in Horwich created a good mood with drinks and a brilliant atmosphere.
In June we discovered the history of the 18th century WHITE HORSE in Edgworth and how they serve meals using locally sourced ingredients.
We then spoke to Rebecca Whittle from BEAUMONT ARMS and found out that one of her favorite drinks is Baby Guinness.
The BOB SMITHY PUB then told us the importance of community as “a place for friends, family and work colleagues to meet, relax, enjoy good food and drink while taking in the beautiful scenery”.
We visited the largest and only south facing beer garden in Bolton town center at ALMA INN.
The QUEEN ANNE in Little Lever is one of the oldest pubs but has won a Thwaites Best Seller award in the past and has many original features.
In July we went to THE POACHERS in Blackrod where they received accreditation from Guinness for serving the best drink to the Irish brewer
Then we heard that THE GILNOW ARMS is a “very old pub and as some people say it’s haunted and used to be a B&B too”.
Our next pick has “a strong focus on entertainment as there is no other venue in town that offers this” at THE BANK in Westhoughton.
We heard about the live entertainment and diverse clientele at THE YORK in Bolton.
Chase star Anne Hegerty used to host one of Bolton’s best quiz nights, made famous at VICTORIA AND ALBERT in Horwich.
Craig Pinion told us about his investment in THE CHEETHAM ARMS in Egerton to improve the visitor experience.
When it comes to winning awards then the COURTHOUSE BAR in Bolton should take credit for having won awards over a one year period.
Hanging kebabs were one of the unique selling points on the menu at THE BLACK DOG in Belmont.
We spoke to representatives from THE DUKE WILLIAM in Ainsworth and their extensive menu including the basics such as steaks, burgers, fish and chips, steak and ale pie through to clay pot pork, pan seared cod, curry of the day and chicken kebabs.
We then learned about the huge selection of gins on offer at THE Wheatsheaf in Westhoughton.
Derek Gallagher from THE QUEEN ELIZABETH in Great Lever told us how he caught the attention of pub patrons with karaoke.
We heard that Carling, Stella and Birra Moretti were the drink favorites at WHITE HORSE in Harwood and that they are at the heart of the community.
We then went to a micropub and bottle shop at BUNBURYS, which serves rare craft beers and real ales and is a vibrant community support center.
Sometimes people like to go a little further for a social experience and the CARDWELL ARMS in Adlington who ‘love meeting old and new faces’.
From poetry nights to drag nights, there’s plenty of fun to be had at BAR FOUR at the Vaults in Bolton.
Then there were many reasons to stay downtown and visit NORTHERN MONKEY Bar.
Chantelle Jones of THE SADDLE in Horwich said she was “looking for things to do like trivia nights with singers and bands”.
We stayed in Horwich to find out more about THE BRIDGE HOTEL which serves sandwiches and light food
From appetizers to delicious main courses, our menu offers a selection of good old-fashioned pub classics and flavors from around the world.
HOGARTHS has been refurbished making it a great venue as it offers a wide range of drinks from beer, bottled, rum, whiskey and cocktails.
Well into December we headed to THE MARKET TAVERN AND ESCAPE LOUNGE in Horwich to hear from the landlords who have made changes to create a safe space for fun and socializing.
Celebrating a year of opening, the landlords of [email protected] in Horwich were intent on bringing something different.
Ellie Sutcliffe of THE NORTHERN WAY said they have “the cheapest pints in Bolton with draft beer from £2.10 a pint” and how much they love their regulars.