Bolton CAMRA holds votes amongst its members several times a year for pub awards. Current Pub of the Year holders are featured below, and we are working on an archive of previous winners, which we hope to put online shortly. Pub of the Season winners can be found here
Bolton CAMRA Pub of the Year 2018
The Beer School
88, Market Street
A Micropub that is decked out to look like a school. There is a wall with library wallpaper – showing shelves of books, many tables and stools that will take you back to your old art room days complete with a free standing roller blackboard.
The owner and manager are ABCQ Cask Marque trained in Cellar Management. Read more on Whatpub
Bolton CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2018
The Brewery Bar
Moreton Mill, Hampson Street
This friendly and popular bar is directly above Blackedge Brewery which is visible through large glass windows by the entrance on the ground floor.
A range of up to seven real ciders are available on hand pull or from bag-in-box in the fridge and these often include some local producers such as Red Bank.
Read more on Whatpub.
Bolton CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017
397, Chorley Old Road, Bolton
This cosy micropub is named after a fictitious character in Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest. It was converted from a shop by teachers Darryl and Sarah Leach in 2015, Darryl giving up his job to develop his passion for selling good beers and encouraging people to try new styles and breweries.
The bar has three handpumps serving real ale and a range of keg offerings, occasionally ones which are keg conditioned. Beers vary in their origin but are usually from highly-regarded breweries, often local such as Rivington, Holywell and Northern Monkey. Read more on Whatpub.
Bolton CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2017
Bank Top Brewery Tap
68-70 Belmont Road, Astley Bridge
The Tap, which has won numerous local CAMRA awards, is a popular two roomed street-corner local. There are eight handpumps supplying ales from Bank Top Brewery, plus a guest beer.
Up to six real ciders are on offer in a pleasant atmosphere with great service, quiet music and an absence of distractions from TVs, jukebox or gaming machines.