CAFÉS were forced to close after the Covid-19 pandemic started, but 18 months later as life returns to a new normal, they need all the help they can get to encourage customers to return.

Ahead of National Hospitality Day on Saturday, The Bolton News has been asking readers what their favourite restaurant, hotel, pub and café in their area are and today it’s favourite café taking centre stage.

Among the favourites were The Reading Room Café, Odessa and Bakers Edgerton.

Here are the answers:

Jasmine Coleman said: “The Reading Room Coffee Shop and Bar home cooked food and cakes are amazing but more importantly the community spirit.”

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Sara Jayne Lobley said: "The Reading Room Coffee Shop and Bar and The Barlow Edgworth, great coffee fantastic cakes.”

Alison Downs said: “Rainy’s (Deakins Park) by far the friendliest cafe and beautiful cakes, coffees, waffles, ice creams.”

Kathryn Murray said: “The Coffee Shop at Heaton is the best! Jonathan and Diane and the rest of their staff are awesome and so welcoming.

“The food is lovely, everything locally sourced. The ambiance in the cafe will take a lot to beat, simply a superb place to be with a coffee, bacon sandwich and a slice of Diane's homemade cake.”

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Rachel O'Neill said: “Lenny's cafe in Little Lever. It’s an absolutely lovely place to eat. Food isn't overpriced, staff are pleasant and friendly.

“Daily specials are always at a bargain price and there's a give back where you can put money in, and it goes to a person who's in need.

Denise Farmer said: “Blue Cafe Farnworth, their milky coffee is the best, good large breakfasts and staff are friendly.”

Deborah Mackenzie said: “Chill @ the Cowshed in Horwich. Such lovely staff, quirky decor, very welcoming for babies and children and a great selection of hot and cold meals as well as cakes. Me and my mates often call there with our little ones and are always given a warm welcome.”

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Bryony-anne Jackson said: “The Coffee Shop at Heaton they are so accommodating when it comes to food allergies and intolerances and their homemade soup is delicious.

Lee Cole said: “Odessa Cafe in town it's amazing food and amazing prices for what you get, amazing staff as well nothing is ever too much, I love the place.”

Deb Herd said: “The Bridge Café in Haulgh, so welcoming, always a smile from the staff, they have free Wi-Fi so you can even work from there too. Food is yummy, fresh and filling. Highly recommend it.

Let us know when you will go on Saturday for National Hospitality Day.