Bolton CAMRA holds votes amongst its members several times a year for pub awards. Current Pub of the Season holders are featured below, and we are working on an archive of previous winners, which we hope to put online shortly. Pub of the Year winners can be found here.
Spring Pub of the Season 2018
The Hen and Chickens has long been one of the most pleasant and popular of town centre pubs. The smart exterior and colourful floral displays brighten up this end of Deansgate.
The cask ales are only partly tied to Punch Taverns list so you can expect some of the beers to be from a range of mainly small breweries. More details on Whatpub.
Winter Pub of the Season 2017/18
Vaults Below Market Place
Located in one of the arches in the lower Market Place Vaults this atmospheric bar is accessed via either of the two escalators, the lift or the new entrance with steps from Bridge Street opposite Argos.
The long bar has four handpumps serving three guest beers and one specially brewed ale for the Vaults by Outstanding Brewery using Australian Hops.
Autumn Pub of the Season 2017
88, Market Street
A Micropub that is decked out to look like a school, the Beer School serves 4 changing ales. Expect choice of beers from Blackedge, Northern Monkey,Hophurst, Rivington, Wily Fox,Ticketybrew, Doghouse, Dan’s Brewery amongst others.
Autumn Pub of the Season 2016
Bank Top Brewery Tap
68-70 Belmont Road, Astley Bridge
With eight cask beers on the bar, as well as up to six real ciders, this ever-popular pub was voted Autumn Pub of the Season 2016 by Bolton CAMRA members.
Full pub details, along with those of all Bolton pubs, are available on Whatpub
Winter Pub of the Season 2016/17
Bank Top Brewery Ale House
36 Church Street
Bank Top Estates opened the pub in 2014 after an extensive refurbishment and it became the epitome of a traditional pub with a modern feel. The staff pride themselves on quality service and on their knowledge of the cask beers and real ciders. Eight handpumps showcase real ale from the ever-popular Bank Top range and always including Dark Mild, former Champion Mild of Britain. Full details of ales on offer can be seen on Whatpub
Spring Pub of the Season 2017
House Without a Name
75 Lea Gate
A very popular choice for the Spring Pub of the Season award, the ‘No Name’ keeps two regular beers from the Punch List and four guest beers of the landlords choice, these are generally from local and regional breweries. For full details of the offerings at the No Name, take a look at Whatpub.
Summer Pub of the Season 2017
156/158 Blackburn Road, Egerton
This well-run friendly local is a deserved winner of the Summer 2017 Pub of the season award. The pub offers 2 regular beers and 2 changing beers; and being on the No.1 Bus route from Bolton is well worth the effort to visit. More details can be found on Whatpub.