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Bob's Smithy Inn and Old Forge Restaurant

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££ - £££, 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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“wild boar” (11 reviews)
“steak pie” (14 reviews)
“sunday roast” (11 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
1448 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 7PX, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As part of our Roast Beef Sunday roast tour and enjoyment our meal and service was of the highest level. A great Sunday roast experience... Staff are excellent and the food excellent. Thank you and we will return as we are very local. Excellent Gin...More

Thank Barry C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called in for a bite to eat on our way home as recommended by a friend, it's safe to say we weren't disappointed! It was a Wednesday evening and we weren't aware of how busy it would be, so I approached a waitress and asked...More

1  Thank LianneClaire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, brilliant service! We were a little disappointed that we couldn’t go in ‘the restaurant’ and we were sat in the corner of the pub but the food and the service made up for that. Maybe it should be pointed out when people book...More

Thank Pamela H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place. Nice friendly staff welcomed us and our hound. Great starters - white bait was great. V tasty. Cajun chicken wings v nice as well. Just the right level of spice. Both with good sauces. Sea bream main was excellent. Lovely bed of...More

Thank Andrew-Leakey
Reviewed 19 March 2018

Visited here one Sunday in early February. We got a table in the restaurant as the pub was very busy. This place had been recommended to me and it didn't disappoint! I had the cheese and onion pie for a change from a Sunday roast...More

Thank RottweillerReviewer
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Had a meal for my dad's birthday. Service, food and atmosphere top class. Will definitely go again. Advise you to try the fig and stilton tart.... sublime.... blackpudding and egg ... delicious.... thank you so much for a fabulous meal.... Oh and a few nice...More

1  Thank Louise H
Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Have been here before and always had excellent service and food. Today was no different. An excellent Mothers Day meal.

2  Thank Er1c7
Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

We live quite close to this pub and it makes a great local. It is friendly and has a great atmosphere. It attracts and mature crowd and it’s a really friendly place. They have an excellent range of beers and the service is always friendly...More

1  Thank Off their P
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Food great and service great. Beers good. This is a real gem of a pub. Love the menu on Sunday quality over quantity.

1  Thank P B
Reviewed 27 February 2018

We needed an evening meal,before going on to an event taking place in Bolton. We knew about Bob's Smithy by reputation, but had never been inside. We arrived shortly afer 5:30 pm to find that they had stopped serving bar food, and that the restaurant...More

2  Thank AlanReeve
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Questions & Answers
8 April 2018|
Response from jordan1448 | Property representative |
Sorry we don't have any TV's and don't have sky.
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$31
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, 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
  • E-mail
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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