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

Winter Pub of the Season 2023/24

Bank Top Brewery Ale House

36 Church Street, Horwich BL6 6AD

This was the second Bank Top Brewery pub to open. It sits in a conservation area opposite Horwich Parish Church and alongside 18th and 19th century cottages associated with the area’s history of textile weaving and with the nearby historic Wallsuches Bleachworks. Bank Top opened the pub in 2014 after an extensive refurbishment. It has since become the epitome of a traditional pub with a modern feel. 

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Summer Pub of the Season 2023

King’s Head

52/54 Junction Road, Deane, Bolton, BL3 4NA

The pub is a late 18th century Grade II listed Building which was extended in the mid 19th Century. Located near to Deane Parish Church in the Deane Village conservation area, it is set back from the road with a two tier car park, which is partially surrounded by woodland. The pub has three rooms, one with an aluminium (cast iron looking) range which is never used and the other two with low wooden ceiling beams. 

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Winter Pub of the Season 2022/23

Spinning Mule

Unit 2 Nelson Square, Bolton  BL1 1TJ

Opened in 1998, this large town-centre Wetherspoons is an open plan split level pub with a separate comfortable dining area. It is named after Samuel Crompton’s Spinning Mule, a revolutionary invention in cotton spinning that made Bolton famous world wide. A statue of Samuel Crompton, erected in 1862, can be seen in Nelson Square just outside the pub.

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Summer Pub of the Season 2022

Brewery Tap

55 Market St, Westhoughton BL5 3AG

This is the second outlet for local award-winning Blackedge Brewery which opened in 2019. It has the friendly, community feel of a micropub. The timber and brick decor is complemented by the subdued and artistic lighting to give a homely atmosphere. Seven handpumps serve the core range of Blackedge beers supplemented by their seasonal, occasional and one-off beers.

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Winter Pub of the Season 2021

Kings Arms Hotel

2 Mossfield Road, Farnworth BL4 0AB

A justifiably popular local with a modern, friendly feel that offers something for everyone. The pub usually serves beers from various well-regarded breweries such as Elland, Blackedge, Small World, Titanic, Navigation, Bank Top. There is always a dark beer amongst the selection from one of these breweries.

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Winter Pub of the Season 2019/20

Northern Monkey

Nelson Square, Bolton BL1 1AQ

This brew pub was set up by Northern Monkey. This brewery is run by two proud Boltonians. They renovated the bar from its previous use as a restaurant. The space was once part of the Pack Horse Hotel, historically the place where the classiest visitors to the town stayed but are now student residences. The brewers decided to create a destination bar which also serves as the brewery. They use the bar to showcase local craft beers and also to run community events promoting the town such as a monthly artisan market and regular comedy nights.

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Summer Pub of the Season 2019

The Beer School

88, Market Street, Westhoughton BL5 3AZ

A Micropub that is decked out to look like a school, though you don’t have to wear school uniform to attend! 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.

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Spring Pub of the Season 2019

Ainsworth Arms

606 Halliwell Road, Bolton BL1 8BY

A large landmark pub at the junction of Halliwell Road and just off the ring road. It is named after the Ainsworth family, who made their wealth from bleaching and were owners of the nearby historic Smithills Hall during the 1800’s.

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Winter Pub of the Season 2018/19

One For The Road

Stalls F14 to F15 Ashburner Street Lifestyle Hall, Bolton BL1 1TJ

This bar opened to coincide with the redevelopment of Bolton’s award-winning indoor market in 2014. It quickly became a magnet for real ale fans across the town. The three handpumps serve an ever-changing range from some of the finest breweries in the north-west and beyond.

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Autumn Pub of the Season 2018

Kings Arms Hotel

2 Mossfield Road, Farnworth BL4 0AB

A justifiably popular local with a modern, friendly feel that offers something for everyone. The pub usually serves beers from various well-regarded breweries such as Blackjack, Ilkley, Dark Star, Elland, Thornbridge and Cross Bay.

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Summer Pub of the Season 2018

Olde Man & Scythe

6-8 Churchgate, Bolton, BL1 1HL

The pub is reputedly the 4th oldest in the country and sits near the Parish Church on the historic Churchgate, site of a famous Civil War execution. The pub serves 2 regular beers – Bank Top Flat Cap and Hop Back Summer Lightning. There are also 2 changing beers and a range of ciders.

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Spring Pub of the Season 2018

Hen & Chickens

143 Deansgate, Bolton BL1 1EX

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. 

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Winter Pub of the Season 2017/18

Great Ale at the Vaults

Vaults Below Market Place, Bolton BL1 2AL

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.

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Autumn Pub of the Season 2017

Beer School

88, Market Street, Westhoughton BL5 3AZ

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.

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Summer Pub of the Season 2017

Masons Arms

156/158 Blackburn Road, Egerton, Bromley Cross, BL7 9SB

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.

Spring Pub of the Season 2017

House Without a Name

75 Lea Gate, Harwood BL2 3ET

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.

Winter Pub of the Season 2016/17

Bank Top Brewery Ale House

36 Church Street, Horwich BL6 6AD

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

Autumn Pub of the Season 2016

Bank Top Brewery Tap

68-70 Belmont Road, Astley Bridge, Bolton BL1 7AN

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