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Old Forge at Bobs Smithy Inn

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1448 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 7PX, England
+44 1204 842622
Sun 12:00 - 18:45
Wed - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:45
Sat 12:00 - 16:00
18:00 - 21:00
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1,158 reviews
812 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 590 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is just about our local pub and seldom disappointed. We tend not to eat but we do enjoy nipping out for a few drinks because up a takeaway or similar. It always has a welcoming atmosphere and the staff are really good. The range of drinks is excellent and especially the beer. It is well-kept and the prices are... More 

Thank Off their P
Horwich, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I will start with the plus points. The service is excellent and the staff are very attentive. The price is reasonable for the food, two courses for £13.95 but I would rather pay more for decent meal. Doesn't taste as good as it looks unfortunately. The starter of pate was very standard and I actual think shop bought, the home... More 

Thank Donna P
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a Sunday afternoon with friends, good selection of drinks available and food was fantastic and great value, will definitely go back and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. I'm not a dog owner but if you want to pop in for a drink and bite to eat whilst out walking your pet you are made welcome here too.

Thank Alan B
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65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on Trip Advisor recommendation. Again this pub lunch was good, not average, not very good. Greek Salad & Ribs both tasty & staff very pleasant. Happy to recommend.

Thank MJBMike
Krakow, Poland
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Called in for lunch after a business meeting, what a wonderful little gem of a place, the staff were welcoming and the landlady was attentive and a beautiful lady, we had fresh light balm cake with fish and chips amazingly NO Grease the chef must have an air fryer and use quality produce the beer is at the correct temp... More 

Thank ianjax2014
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely bar and restaurant, very cosy and comfortable and very friendly and accommodating staff. Had the Sunday lunch which was a good price at £15.95 p/h. Pate starter was delicious however the roast beef lunch was disappointing, pretty bland in flavour and a tasteless, overdone Yorkshire pudding. I chose apple tart and ice-cream for dessert; it was well presented but... More 

Thank MagsStocks
Bolton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Just come back from a beautiful meal here. The food was fantastic and the staff are incredibly polite!! Will definitely be returning here and recommending it to others!!

Thank Lyndsay A
Manchester, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Visited for lunch and enjoyed a fantastic meal. As a change I ordered the stilton and fig tart. This came with sweet potato fries and was absolutely delicious. My husband had the steak pie with proper gravy. This was served with chunky chips and meals came with fresh vegetables. The food was sensibly priced and represented great value for money.... More 

Thank Lynda G
Bolton, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Excellent choice of food in very comfortable surroundings. Food was perfect and service was very good. well worth a visit

Thank bernadetteBolton
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We visited here in Feb for a family birthday. We have been various times and the food and service is always excellent.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$28
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Validated Parking
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:45
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:45
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:45
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:45
12:00 - 16:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1448 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 7PX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater Manchester  >  Bolton
  • Phone Number: +44 1204 842622
Family run country Pub and Restaurant serving pub lunches and evening dining in our A La Carte Restaurant all our food is cooked with local produce. Our food is all cooked from fresh by trained chefs.

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