PUBS across England are reopening today, meaning the people of Bolton can finally get a taste of draught beer and have a drink with some friends and family.

However, certain safety measures are being implemented in these pubs and pub-goers will still have to social distance.

Many pubs also encourage customers to book a table in advance to avoid being turned away at the door.

If you want to make the most of ‘Super Saturday’ and visit a traditional pub with history and charm, then here are five Bolton pubs you can’t miss out on.

Man n’Scythe

This pub has been hailed as the oldest pub in Bolton and even claims to be the 5th oldest pub in the world.

According to their Facebook page, Man n’Scythe have been proudly serving their customers since 1251.

The pub even has a spooky past, with people even claiming to see ghost roam the halls.

The historic pub is reopening this Saturday (4th July), which they announced in a Facebook post: “We're old & small but still standing. We are opening our door on the 4th July at 11am to welcome you back.”

However, the pub added there are some rules that must be followed for everyone’s safety.

They wrote: “Obviously social distancing is in place along with full hand-sanitsing facilities available.

“Please be patient with us while we all go through this safely together.”

Bob’s Smithy Inn Country Pub and Dining

This family run restaurant is a hit with the locals and has a lot of history.

The building dates back to the 17th century and is named after a blacksmith who lived across the road and was a regular at the pub.

If you want to see the pub for yourself, they are currently taking bookings over the phone for tables indoors and outdoors- they also have a small number of tables available for walk ins.

They are also serving food but are operating on a limited menu.

In a Facebook post, they pub added: “For now we will not be allowing dogs inside but they are very welcome outside on out patio area.”

Ye Jolly Crofters

This pub has a historic and eclectic past that is attractive to pub-goers.

It was once known as the Crofters Arms and was the site for rescue crews and media after a nearby plane crash.

If you want to visit the pub and get to know more about its history, then they are reopening on Super Saturday.

Like all pubs, they are taking extra precautions to keep customers safe by removing tables to encourage social distancing and making hand sanitizer available to everyone.


This microbar and specialist beer shop gives you the option of sitting in and enjoying a drink, or taking your beers away to enjoy at home.

Bunbury’s received a 5/5 rating on Tripadvisor with people praising the character and charm of the pub.

One happy reviewer said: “A fantastic little pub with a great atmosphere. Yes it’s small but it’s the first of its kind in Bolton. Unique and knowledgeable owners with tonnes of great ales!”

Doffcocker Inn

If you want to visit a traditional pub with historic features inside, cosy fireplaces and wood panelling then this is the ideal place to drink your first pint.

The Doffcocker also serves award-winning larger, so you can feel assured that your first pint will be top quality.

The Doffcocker announced their reopening on their website- they wrote: “From the 4th July 2020 our pub will be opening its doors once more! Please note the new opening times and have a read of our Safely Socialising guidelines before you visit.

“There will be no live entertainment in our pub for the time being. Thanks for your support – we can’t wait to welcome you in for a drink very soon!”

Are you planning to go to the pub on Super Saturday? Let us know in the comments.