25 Consecutive Years in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide

The Crown

1, Chorley New Road, Horwich, BL6 7QJ

A grand local landmark, near University of Bolton stadium, Rivington Park and West Pennine Moors. Lever Park across the road was a gift from Lord Leverhulme, the soap magnate and great benefactor to his home town.  The bar supports fourteen handpumps- serving eight different beers- four Holt beers and four guests. The Crown is one of the few Holt’s Pubs serving not only a range of their own beers including the hard-to-find mild, but also beers from other breweries. These may include one from from Blackedge, the award-winning brewery just down the road in Horwich, and at least two others often from other local micros.

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Favouite Pub on the Bolton Beer & Cider Week 2023 Pub Passport

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 Ossett, Blackedge, Small World, Titanic, Navigation, Bank Top. There is always a dark beer among the selection from one of these breweries.

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Pub Design Award

Bridge Hotel

121 Church Street, Horwich, BL6 7BR

This year’s Pub Design Awards, held in conjunction with Historic England, come after over a year of restrictions and uncertainty for the pub industry, and mere weeks after the full lifting of restrictions on 19 July. The awards had been delayed from their usual announcement earlier in the year, in order to factor in coronavirus restrictions on pubs and allowing the judging panel to visit the nominated establishments.

Andrew Davison, chair of CAMRA’s Pub Design Award judging panel, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the range of high-quality architecture and design that can be found in pubs across the United Kingdom today, especially after the trials of the last few months.

“This year’s judges have selected a fantastic range of buildings, from a structure once used as a brick manufacturer’s showroom, to a beloved local that underwent a refurbishment planned to be as eco-friendly as possible. They are examples of pubs that have been lovingly curated and preserved, and in some cases that have stood the test of time for years and years. Now that restrictions have lifted, we hope to join you all in celebrating this achievement with a visit to the pub and a pint at the bar.

“We had a difficult time narrowing it down to just these seven awardees – congratulations to them all!”

This year’s winners are:

  • Blind Bull, Little Hucklow, Derbyshire, joint winner of the Refurbishment Award
  • Green Dragon, Flaunden, Hertfordshire, joint winner of the Refurbishment Award
  • Brickmaker’s Alehouse, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, joint winner of the Conversion to Pub Use Award
  • Colmore Tap, Birmingham, joint winner of the Conversion to Pub Use Award
  • Swan & Railway, Wigan, winner of the Historic England Conservation Award
  • Bridge Hotel, Horwich, near Bolton, winner of the Community Local Award

CAMRA Golden Award

CAMRA Golden Award Presentation to TheCrown. One of the best pubs in the country, celebrating 50 years of CAMRA. Congratulations to Gary and Bev.

This Greater Manchester pub is a grand local landmark, and has been awarded a Golden Award for standing the test of time. It has regularly appeared in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, now in its 48th edition, and has consistently poured great pints.

The Crown

1, Chorley New Road, Horwich, BL6 7QJ

A grand local landmark, near University of Bolton stadium, Rivington Park and West Pennine Moors. Lever Park across the road was a gift from Lord Leverhulme, the soap magnate and great benefactor to his home town.  The bar supports fourteen handpumps- serving eight different beers- four Holt beers and four guests. The Crown is one of the few Holt’s Pubs serving not only a range of their own beers including the hard-to-find mild, but also beers from other breweries. These may include one from from Blackedge, the award-winning brewery just down the road in Horwich, and at least two others often from other local micros.

Read more on Whatpub.