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Old Forge at Bobs Smithy Inn

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$$ - $$$
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1448 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 7PX, England
+44 1204 842622
12:00 - 16:00
18:00 - 21:00
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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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Darwen, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have visited many years ago for a pint. Has alway an excellent place to try different cask ales. On this occasion we were meeting up with some old friends and wanted a handy location between our homes. The beers good and they serve bar meals but on this occasion we used their restaurant. Good atmosphere, excellent food and very good... More 

Thank john10661952
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place great atmosphere but food disappointing I only got 3 very thin slices of roast beef probable weighed about 2/3 ounces at most veg ok but Yorkshire pud was the worst it was very very salty and I noticed other people left theirs as well a few hours later I felt quite ill and had to keep drinking pints... More 

Thank Lorraine M
Horwich, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an interesting review in that it's a twofer... two-for-one... I decided to visit The Old Forge at Bob's Smithy Inn as I'd been hearing great things about it, and the reviews online were very positive, plus the menu looked hearty and traditional, so I popped along one weekday afternoon. The outside is a traditional rural English pub, with... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

We had a fantastic meal in the restaurant on New Year's Eve and such a great night out with lovely friends. (I'm a little later with the review due to being busy over Christmas and after). The food was beautiful, the atmosphere was great and the staff very attentive. We booked our table for 8pm and so then had the... More 

Thank KLJ2310
Blackburn, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

We called in on spec for Sunday lunch and were given a table. The restaurant was very busy. Beautifully atmospheric low lighting but not so dark that you couldn't see what you were eating. We both had the two courses st £12.95 per person. I had the roast beef and my partner had half roast beef and half gammon. The... More 

Thank Lynn E
Bolton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

I visited this restaurant twice in December, on both occasions the food and service was second to none....and good value! This made my decision to book it for my dads birthday yesterday and I was not disappointed. The staff are friendly and can't do enough for you - food again was excellent - wide choice and something for everyone -... More 

Thank bwfc2016
Bolton, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We have gone to the Old Forge restaurant on New Years for about 3 years and never had a bad meal. The food and service is amazing. I had the mussels and clams in a spicy tomato sauce and the monkfish with bacon and crayfish tails to follow it was amazing. My husband had quails eggs with Serrano ham with... More 

Thank Joanne M
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We arrived to an extremely busy Bobs Smithy yesterday afternoon for our pre-booked dinner. The staff was very good. Shown to our reserved table, drinks served promptly, ordered our food. We all had a different starter which were all soon polished off with lots of nods of heads and positive 'mmmm's'. We all went for the roast beef dinner, my... More 

Bolton, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We arrived for lunch about 1pm & the place was full , we hadn't booked but they managed to find us a table . There was a bit of a wait as the food is cooked to order , but it was worth the wait . We will defo return & make sure to book a table next time ,... More 

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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

In between Christmas and New Year is a bad time for some restaurants/pubs to source fresh produce. This was the case here - they served us mixed left overs but charged the full price. The restaurant was shut due to lack of food and so we ate in the pub bit. It was dated and lacked any atmosphere, service was... More 

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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$27
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
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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