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Bob's Smithy Inn and Old Forge Restaurant

$$ - $$$, British,
1448 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 7PX, England
+44 1204 842622
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1448 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 7PX, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Autumn is the time when bobs Smithy comes into its own. In the summer it does have a nice beer garden at the rear but, in my opinion, the cosy inside is the place to be at this time of year. Real fires get lit...More

Thank Off their P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were 6 of us at table,each ordering their choice. When served which did not take long, (didn't really notice as we were chatting).We just got on with it, it was delicious, well cooked and presented.My two sisters were present, one from Peachland BC, the...More

Thank Ianhowarth
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have reviewed this restaurant previously, so I won't go into too much detail this time! However what I can say is our experience was once more perfect. Service - Faultless , Atmosphere - Charming and Food - Wow. Especially the Beef Short Rib which...More

Thank shaft1975
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came today for Sunday diner. The service was great drinks were coming quick and a good quality of wine and beer. The diner was over all disappointment. Pate was suppose to be served with artisan bread and home made chutney..The bread was tiger loaf...More

Thank Hana S
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

We visited the Old Forge Restaurant for a family meal last Sunday. We were made to feel most welcome from the moment we entered the building and were quickly shown to our booked table. The menu is not extensive but more than adequate and we...More

Thank Peter L
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We visited as a last minute decision on the bank holiday Monday. It doesn't look like much from the outside but the Trip Advisor comments were good so we gave it a shot! Service was brilliant, seated at the table straight away and the drinks...More

Thank travellingdogheads
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

First time visit, will now be a regular, 5 of us ate in the restaurant for Sunday lunch. The young gentleman serving us was fabulous, very attentive and polite. The food well it was fabulous no complaints, thank you so much. See you very soon...More

Thank mitzie69
Reviewed 26 August 2017

I visited here again and it was another very well cooked meal (a bar meal this time) in very pleasant surroundings with a great view of the South East Lancashire plain

Thank Yorkterrier01
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Even when busy, you can always find a quiet corner in this well set out pub. Staff are lovely, manager is really on the ball! Food is superb, sensibly sized portions beautifully presented. Innovative menu never disappoints. Friendly and attentive staff, great service. Since both...More

Thank 46jeanm2016
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

First visit having driven past many times, very impressed with the staff and food great value for money, portions were good size, will visit again.

Thank Mralanwilliams S
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Edel Q
4 May 2017|
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Response from shaft1975 | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend booking to avoid disappointment! But if there's room they are always accommodating!
6 November 2016|
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Response from 990Linda | Reviewed this property |
I would say that whilst child friendly there are no running around places. But they do have high chairs. I have always found it welcoming & when I have seen families arrive they are always catered for. Maybe if you are... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$29
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 6:45 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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
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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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