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Bob's Smithy Inn and Old Forge Restaurant

€€ - €€€, British,
1448 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 7PX, England
+44 1204 842622
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“plum crumble” (5 reviews)
“steak pie” (14 reviews)
“sunday roast” (10 reviews)
Closes in 17 min
12:00 - 14:30All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1448 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 7PX, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food. Staters were wonderfully presented. The desserts were to die for. Wonderful service by Lorainne and her staff.

Thank Catherine C
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went to the Old Forge last night for the Fizz and Fish. The fish was huge& cooked to perfection and the amount of chops we both got was huge. It cost £22 for fish and chips with a glass of Prosecco...More

Thank Joanne M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very disappointed we had a Sunday Lunch which was frankly very poor everything seemed it was cooked from frozen. We had to wait nearly 30 minutes for our starter which was 3 people with pate and 2 with black pudding. how long does it take...More

1  Thank royandavis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The family and myself went to this restaurant for somewhere to eat on a Sunday. Staff where lovely greeted us and sat us in the Pub side. No issues! We ordered our food and then the wait started...the table next to us had order food...More

1  Thank KeptGoldfish
jordan1448, Owner at Bob's Smithy Inn and Old Forge Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for submitting a review on your dinning experience with us. i don't understand by what you mean the table next to you said that they insisted they had got the order messed up... with them getting there order before you there...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here is excellent, the menu a delight, and great staff. It's a large place, but you can always find a peaceful corner. Great value for money, and always a warm welcome

Thank 46jeanm2016
jordan1448, Owner at Bob's Smithy Inn and Old Forge Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks very much nice to hear. i will pass the message on to the team. we look forward to seeing you again soon, the Bobs Smithy inn

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came to the bob smithy in for my umpteenth visit and was fully expecting it to be another wonderful meal. However today, and the reason I decided to create a profile to leave this specific review, I was surprised to see how the staff...More

3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Still sat in the restaurant having had a fabulous meal. Starter of black pudding and poached egg was brilliant. Our main course was the roast rump of beef for June and I , and steak pie for Louise. The beef was cooked to perfection and...More

Thank BriJune
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Autumn is the time when bobs Smithy comes into its own. In the summer it does have a nice beer garden at the rear but, in my opinion, the cosy inside is the place to be at this time of year. Real fires get lit...More

Thank Off their P
Reviewed 28 September 2017

There were 6 of us at table,each ordering their choice. When served which did not take long, (didn't really notice as we were chatting).We just got on with it, it was delicious, well cooked and presented.My two sisters were present, one from Peachland BC, the...More

Thank Ianhowarth
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

I have reviewed this restaurant previously, so I won't go into too much detail this time! However what I can say is our experience was once more perfect. Service - Faultless , Atmosphere - Charming and Food - Wow. Especially the Beef Short Rib which...More

Thank shaft1975
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Edel Q
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!
6 November 2016|
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Response from 990Linda | Reviewed this property |
I would say that whilst child friendly there are no running around places. But they do have high chairs. I have always found it welcoming & when I have seen families arrive they are always catered for. Maybe if you are... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$29
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
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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
  • E-mail
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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