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Restaurants around Bolton (Lancs)

28 Aug 2006  From a local diner
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 3 votes

The good, the bad and the ugly

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Casa Nostra (Westhoughton)

    I've been to this restaurant twice - once several years ago and once quite recently. We were tempted to go back after an unenjoyable previous visit and wished we hadn't. They told me that my pizza would arrive later than my companions' because they'd accidentally burnt it - ok these things happen, however when it finally arrived it was doughy and luke warm.
    The waiters are quite friendly, but frankly I think the whole place looks a bit shabby. Having said that, I doubt they'll be worried by one bad review - the place is always packed to the rafters - even mid-week, (probably tempted by the mid week specials).

    Score: 3/10

  • 2. La Scala (Westhoughton)

    This is a fab restaurant on the A6 just outside of Westhoughton. It's very clean and the food is scrummy. The waiters are fast, courteous and helpful. If they have the mussels on the specials menu I can thoroughly recommend them (sublime!) If you don't book in advance you'll struggle to get a table here as it's very popular. There's ample parking to the side and the rear.

    Just a couple of minus points - the only draught lager on sale is Stella, which is nice, but not everyone wants to drink a strong lager. Also the ladies toilets are horrible with lots of broken fixtures and on my last visit - no loo roll.

    Score: 7/10 (would put this up to 9/10 if they spruced up the ladies).

  • 3. Baroccos (Egerton)

    This is an amazing restaurant just outside Bolton. Everything about it is fab. It caters effortlessly for small parties and big groups and is by far the best Italian in Bolton. Many of the staff have worked there a long time and really excel at their jobs. The decor is lovely and the food superb.

    Score: 10/10

  • 4. Leo's (Horwich)

    A very warm, fiendly and cosy restaurant. The dishes we had were gorgeous and full of flavour (nothing bland about this nosh). There were a couple of old plaques on the wall denoting their former status as a local restaurant of the year. However, I doubt they have all the right ingredients to win again this year. The place is frankly a little grubby with some horrid stains on the walls. The ladies loo was clean, but their cleaner clearly doesn't bother wiping the walls / doors or polishing off the mirrors.
    The loos are also up quite steep stairs, so not much good for those who have difficulty walking.
    Score: 6/10

  • 5. Portofino (off the A6 between Blackrod & Horwich)

    A very clean, modern, comfortable non-smoking restaurant, with loads of parking spaces. We've been to this place three times (I think it's fairly new) - the first two times we really enjoyed it, but the next time not so good. On our first visit my hubby thought their sea-food spaghetti was the best he'd ever tasted, but on our last visit they used pickled mussels - yuk! The squid in my salad starter was a bit tough and although there were three of us in our party, we felt our table was more suited for two. We'll probably give this restaurant another go because it we've had such fab meals there before.

    Score: 8/10

  • 6. The Toby Inn (Edgworth)

    This is an old country pub out on the moors above Edgworth, coverted into a very nice Italian. I was a bit dubious when we first went there as I'd heard one or two bad reports about it, however I needn't have worried, the food was fab. The pizza base was just as I like it - really thin and crispy with a really generous, good quality topping.
    It's a bit out of the way and a bit on the pricey side (just a bit), but we'll definitely be going back.

    Score: 9/10

  • 7. Sagars (Blackrod)

    Don't be put off by the exterior - this is an absolute gem and if you love Indian you'll love Sagars. We're regular visitors as a couple, with the family and occasionally in large groups and we've always been well looked after by the friendly staff here. It's superb value for money and offers a great range of dishes, with helpful notes about how spicy the dishes are. The decor is really trendy and the staff really know their stuff and make their job look effortless.

    The fixtures & fittings in the ladies loo are a bit shabby, but I still give top marks for a fab restaurant.

    Score: 10/10

  • 8. Aloms (Horwich)

    This is a former pub converted into an Indian Restaurant. The decor in this place is fab - especially the conservatory. We've only been here once (we like Sagars so much), but the waiters seemed friendly and the food was very good. If we lived nearer we'd probably go more regularly.

    Score: 8/10

  • 9. India Gate (A6 near Westhoughton)

    When this restaurant first opened we loved it and were regulars. The last time we visited - about six months ago we thought that the internal decor was starting to look distinctly shabby but the food was still fab. However, the waiters there that evening were just about the worst I've ever come across. Some of them were surly teenagers with very little training who gave the impression they hated their jobs and their customers. One kid couldn't even speak English. Shame - this place used to be our No.1

    Score: 4/10

  • 10. Thatch & Thistle (A6 near Blackrod)

    A lovely, thatched roof pub with a very cosy, authetic feel about it (i.e not a plastic pub). The food here is a bit more pricey than your average pub grub, but then again so is the quality and you get what you pay for. Superb.


  • 11. Witherspoons (Westhoughton)

    To be honest I imagined the food in here would be total crap, but was pleasantly surprised by the good quality. This is budget food, so don't expect gourmet dining. I had the lime fish cakes which were very tasty and good value for money. Would recommend it for a midweek tea.

    Score: 7/10

  • 12. Wagon & Horses (A6 Westhoughton)

    Pleasant pub with a good choice on the menu, plenty of parking to the rear. Mid-week they do a curry with popadom, mango chutney naan bread and a pint of lager for £4.99. How on earth can they be making a profit? I didn't fancy it myself, but by hubby tried it and said it was ok. I had scampy and chips - (nice chunky chips). Very good value for money and again a very palatable midweek tea.

    Score: 7/10

  • 13. Beehive Two for One pub (Horwich)

    The food here is very cheap and if you eat it you'll know why. Waiters are all youngsters. Our trip there wasn't helped by the family on the next table effing and jeffing and yelling at their kids.

    Score: 2/10

  • 14. Smithills Coaching House

    Mixed feelings about this place. It's a fabulous building in a superb location and has the potential to be one of the premier eating establishments in the north west. It's suprising then that they cater to the chicken kiev and chips market. Having said that it's really good value for money. The waitress there are very friendly, but to be honest some of them are more like dinner ladies than waitresses. One of our party was berated for not eating all his veg.

    If you want to entertain a big party, I think they'll put on any food you want. I once attened a wedding there and the food was superb. I've also been to one of their theme nights when the food was very average.

    Score: 7/10

  • 15. The Chinese Pavillion (Westhoughton)

    Nice restaurant, great food but at these prices I want something better.

    Score: 6/10