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Old Forge at Bobs Smithy Inn

) #21 of 420 Restaurants in Bolton ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ , British,
1448 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 7PX, England
+44 1204 842622
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“wild boar” (10 reviews)
“plum crumble” (5 reviews)
“steak pie” (12 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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1448 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 7PX, England
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Reviews (365)
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1 - 10 of 365 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our celebration was attended by 21 family and friends. Jordan organised everything in a very professional manner, the food was first class and everyone remarked on the excellent service and quality of the food. Serving 21 different main courses and sweets within 5 minutes takes...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely time there yesterday! Popped in for a pint while visiting this area. Friendly staff and a peaceful environment. Thanks very much to them for the glass they gave me!

Thank Leeroycc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had a pint of Guinness which had gone off so i changed it for a bottle. Then I had meet balls which were rancid followed by steak which had also gone rancid these people have been in the business long enough to know when...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This pub is just about our local and we like it a lot. It has something for everyone and there is a beer garden for the summer and a roaring fire for when it's not so warm! They always have an excellent range of guest...More

Thank Off their P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice pub close to a great area for walking but if you want to go in after a long walk it would appear you need clean walking boots, and a clean, dry , well behaved dog, probably with a mop and bucket, I think pet...More

Thank 46clarkey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I cannot believe this place charges £4.50 for 2 instant coffee's! Then they give them to you in stained cups! £2.25 a cup thats costa prices with no barista in site!

1  Thank Justin P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took a party of 14 friends and family for Sunday lunch for my son's 21st birthday. The food, the service and the ambiance was fantastic. We had a great, great time. Thank you to everyone at the Bob's Smithy....highly recommended.

3  Thank lawrence887
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Met a friend for lunch on Friday. Plenty of seating in the bar and a good atmosphere. I had a fish pie with a good draught beer - she had a goats cheese dish with wine. Both were very good and tasty. We followed with...More

Thank tomrs2014
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Booked for a celebration for mother in law's birthday and what a treat. Been here before and wanted to return mainly because of the superb steak pudding but the whole meal was really,really good, leek and potato soup, steak pie, steak pudding and desserts to...More

1  Thank ericlowe
Reviewed 6 May 2017

My husband and I ate twice over the weekend once in the restaurant and then in the bar. Both times the food was amazing. On Sunday the white onion and garlic soup was great has was the mushroom and stilton risotto. On Monday the scampi...More

Thank Joanne M
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Edel Q
Is booking required for a Saturday evening?
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!
Is this a child friendly eating establishment.... We are hoping to eat here, but have a one year old.
6 November 2016|
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Response from David D | Reviewed this property |
Hi Lou, definitely child friendly without the wacky warehouse side effects, Enjoy!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 28
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, Cash Only
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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