Ainsworth Arms to reopen next week after £120,000 refurbishment

The Ainsworth Arms had undergone a £120,000 refurbishment

The Ainsworth Arms had undergone a £120,000 refurbishment

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , business editor

THE finest real ales are set to start flowing again at a landmark Bolton pub following a £120,000 refurbishment.

Welcome Taverns will open the doors of the Ainsworth Arms at the junction of Halliwell Road and Moss Bank Way next Thursday.

The company, which also owns the Brewhouse in Blackburn Road and the Thomas Egerton in Egerton, is aiming to “put the local back into the pub industry” and has kept many original features, such as the snug.

Marketing manager Mike Wright said Welcome Taverns was hoping to attract local sports teams into the pub.

He added: “It has previously been a meeting point for many local teams, and we would like that to be the case again.

“We are keeping the format of the pub, but we have modernised it in certain areas.

“But it is still a local. We are keen to draw on the history of the place.”

The pub will also have original laminated dominoes tables and a dart board.

Mr Wright said: “We are keen to attract teams which play those sports, as well as football teams looking to be affiliated to us.”

He also said there would be the usual range of real ale beers, specifically the Dunscar Bridge ales, on tap in the pub. These include the brewery’s Northern Range — True North, Northern Sky and Northern Storm.

The Ainsworth Arms pub name is said to commemorate the Ainsworth family who lived in the Bolton area for many generations.

Peter Ainsworth, born in 1711, founded the Halliwell Bleachworks in Bolton around 1739, while his eldest son, also named peter bought Smithills Hall in 1801.

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2:22pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

The way things are going around there be lucky its not a foreign restaurant or a payday lender.
The way things are going around there be lucky its not a foreign restaurant or a payday lender. Jim271
  • Score: -6

3:40pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Phil from Smithills says...

Hope it is once again a bustling, thriving pub. Used to go in occasionally in the 60s &70's.

Yes the Ainsworth family had the bleach works in Halliwell Dean now Smithills Dean, my grandfather worked as a carter there and on his way back from delivering bleached cloth, his horse would stop at the Ainsworth Arms, where he and the horse enjoyed a pint, before going to the stables on Moss Lane near Barrow Bridge chimney.
Hope it is once again a bustling, thriving pub. Used to go in occasionally in the 60s &70's. Yes the Ainsworth family had the bleach works in Halliwell Dean now Smithills Dean, my grandfather worked as a carter there and on his way back from delivering bleached cloth, his horse would stop at the Ainsworth Arms, where he and the horse enjoyed a pint, before going to the stables on Moss Lane near Barrow Bridge chimney. Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 11

5:06pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Superfly79 says...

I used to regularly enjoy a drink in the Ainsworth Arms but in recent years, (after Tony the landlord left) it attracted the wrong sort of people who used to drink in pubs further down Halliwell but moved up the road? You know the type I am on about... As a result the warm atmosphere was lost and the regulars left.

I wish the new owners the best of luck. Keep it as a welcoming friendly community pub and it will thrive.
I used to regularly enjoy a drink in the Ainsworth Arms but in recent years, (after Tony the landlord left) it attracted the wrong sort of people who used to drink in pubs further down Halliwell but moved up the road? You know the type I am on about... As a result the warm atmosphere was lost and the regulars left. I wish the new owners the best of luck. Keep it as a welcoming friendly community pub and it will thrive. Superfly79
  • Score: 8

5:26pm Thu 17 Apr 14

cranks says...

Hopefully a fight back for the pub industry in bolton as i see the three pigeons on blackburn rd is supposed to be reopening as well.....really saddens me when i look at halliwell rd these days and think back to how busy it was when i started drinking in the late 80s to what it is now? The crofters'fox and stork and ainsworth where the jewels in the crown but sadly like elsewhere on that road they became run down and people voted with thier feet. Good luck too them i hope they make it pay and get some people off there sofas and having nights out again....
Hopefully a fight back for the pub industry in bolton as i see the three pigeons on blackburn rd is supposed to be reopening as well.....really saddens me when i look at halliwell rd these days and think back to how busy it was when i started drinking in the late 80s to what it is now? The crofters'fox and stork and ainsworth where the jewels in the crown but sadly like elsewhere on that road they became run down and people voted with thier feet. Good luck too them i hope they make it pay and get some people off there sofas and having nights out again.... cranks
  • Score: 5

4:53pm Fri 18 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

cranks wrote:
Hopefully a fight back for the pub industry in bolton as i see the three pigeons on blackburn rd is supposed to be reopening as well.....really saddens me when i look at halliwell rd these days and think back to how busy it was when i started drinking in the late 80s to what it is now? The crofters'fox and stork and ainsworth where the jewels in the crown but sadly like elsewhere on that road they became run down and people voted with thier feet. Good luck too them i hope they make it pay and get some people off there sofas and having nights out again....
Agreed

And there does seem to be a return of the much more traditional pub that sell real independent ales rather than the bland mass-marketed beers!

The Tap on Belmont Road, The Pineapple, the soon to be re-opened 3 Pigeons (is it going to be a Henigans?) and now the Ainsworth Arms - real ales are making this happen and also making Bolton Beer Festival more popular than ever (as seen last year and hopefully this years will be even bigger and better!)
[quote][p][bold]cranks[/bold] wrote: Hopefully a fight back for the pub industry in bolton as i see the three pigeons on blackburn rd is supposed to be reopening as well.....really saddens me when i look at halliwell rd these days and think back to how busy it was when i started drinking in the late 80s to what it is now? The crofters'fox and stork and ainsworth where the jewels in the crown but sadly like elsewhere on that road they became run down and people voted with thier feet. Good luck too them i hope they make it pay and get some people off there sofas and having nights out again....[/p][/quote]Agreed And there does seem to be a return of the much more traditional pub that sell real independent ales rather than the bland mass-marketed beers! The Tap on Belmont Road, The Pineapple, the soon to be re-opened 3 Pigeons (is it going to be a Henigans?) and now the Ainsworth Arms - real ales are making this happen and also making Bolton Beer Festival more popular than ever (as seen last year and hopefully this years will be even bigger and better!) The Righteous One
  • Score: 1

8:12pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Soulstar says...

This was a great pub in the 80's and 90's, it will be a massive success just like the Brewery Tap, as there is a following for real ale in the area and there are some decent people to drink it!
Keep the scrotes out and it will thrive.
This was a great pub in the 80's and 90's, it will be a massive success just like the Brewery Tap, as there is a following for real ale in the area and there are some decent people to drink it! Keep the scrotes out and it will thrive. Soulstar
  • Score: 1

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