PUBS have suffered throughout the pandemic and the Bolton News has tried to put the spotlight on some of the best across Bolton and surrounding areas in its ‘Pub of the Week’ feature.

So far in 2021, we have spoken to 12 different pubs in the area.

But now we want our readers’ help to tell us which of the ones we have picked out deserve to be crowned the Bolton News ‘Pub of the Year’.

Each pub we have chatted to are winners in their own right because of what they offer to our communities.

We want you to vote for your favourite from this list of pubs.

It is a long time since some of them were featured so we have given you a little reminder below.

Our readers have until 9pm on Monday to make their choices with one entry per person.

Here are the ones you have to choose from:

The Old Three Crowns in Bolton,

READ: Historic ‘haunted’ pub is a bit of a hidden gem in the town centre

The Bolton News:

The pub has lots of history and is said to be haunted. It’s a hidden gem with a lovely beer garden to the rear, and recently we have extended the car park to additional seating.


Churchgate in Bolton,

READ: Cocktail menu at popular town centre pub is proving to be a winner

The Bolton News:

They got in the festive spirit in July when they held a halfway to Christmas event where they had decorations Christmas songs and even a snow machine. Landlord Ryan Riley said: "It was amazing to see the venue reach its full capabilities and see people finally enjoying themselves"


Hare and Hounds in Stoneclough,

The Bolton News: James Munro said: "Making everyone smile at least once as for all we know that may be the only smile that person has in there day"

"We are already being spoken about for the Scottish steak and ale pie and of course our chips. Locals have been going crazy over these. other dishes include our handmade to order burgers, lasagne, fish and chips and many many more"


Cross Guns Inn in Bolton,

READ: CROSS GUNS INN: Champagne Mojitos and Twisted Bellinis among the highlights at top Egerton pub

The Bolton News:

The Cross Guns is one of the oldest pubs in Bolton, dating back to the late 1700s. It was brewery owned for many years until it was purchased in 2017 by the current owners and completely refurbished. Fast forward to May, 2021, and Jon joined the team as the new general manager. 

Mason Arms in Egerton,

READ: MASON ARMS: Historic pub is the only one in village to concentrate on beer for locals

The Bolton News:

Pub dates back about 150years, it’s owned by star pubs formerly Scottish and Newcastle brewery, it has been family run for the past 17 years, and it’s a traditional locals pub and always has been. The pub used to be two rooms, the tap room and the lounge but it was renovated over 30 years ago to bring it to one main room


The Duke William in Ainsworth,

READ: DUKE WILLIAM AINSWORTH: Historic independent pub that oozes character and has a lovely open fire

The Bolton News:

The Duke William was first established in 1737 as a coaching house. They are a small independent pub that’s full of character, small cozy rooms with a roaring fire and a great outside area for the summer months. They serve fresh home-cooked food, real ales and wines.


The Cardwell Arms in Adlington,

READ: CARDWELL ARMS: Pub’s mouth-watering roast dinners ‘are the best cure for a hangover’

The Bolton News:

Emma Hutchinson said: "The pub had never served food before so we introduced a traditional English menu and it’s gone down a storm. It’s been a difficult two years with being closed but during lockdown we carried on serving our customers with takeaways."


Elephant and Castle in Bolton,

READ: ELEPHANT AND CASTLE: Great food and craft ales help to make this Bolton pub the ‘go-to’ destination

The Bolton News:

Landlord Steve Coyle said: "We are the ‘go to’ sporting pub with a screen on every table and all fixtures shown. With great food on the menu there’s always been something for everyone. We have a brand new beer garden with a parasol for every table to see you through the rainy British winter."


The Railway in Bromley Cross,

READ: THE RAILWAY: Pub revived from eyesore and has become a part of the Bromley Cross community

The Bolton News:

Landlord Mike Hales said: "We revived The Railway in 2018, it had been boarded up for some time and was considered a local eyesore. Since then, we’ve built a reputation as a family friendly pub and dining experience."


The Ainsworth Arms, Bolton,

READ: AINSWORTH ARMS: Landlord looking to bring back the good old days at popular Bolton pub

The Bolton News:

Nigel Maloney had only been landlord for three months when we spoke to him and he said one of the reasons for taking on the pub was "We aim to bring back the community feel it enjoyed in its heyday under the stewardship off Tony and Carole Bretherton and previous to that the footballing Eastham family. Our unique point is that we sell up to 6 cask ales at a time"


The Beer School, Westhoughton

READ: THE BEER SCHOOL: Former teacher creates micro pub for all the Westhoughton community

The Bolton News:

The Beer School specialises in Real Ale, Real Cider, Craft Beer and Small-Batch Gin from independent, small UK brewers, producers and distillers. Landlady Rachel Birch said: "It is important to me that we source excellent quality products"


Great Ale at The Vaults in Bolton.

READ: GREAT ALES @ THE VAULTS: Pub lives up to name offering great ales supporting independent suppliers

The Bolton News:

Landlady Danielle Brown said: "We like to see ourselves as different as we aim to live up to our name of Great Ale by providing quality and premium ales, lagers and ciders that are not readily available in supermarkets. We are beginning to focus more on using local independent suppliers such as Northern Monkey, Blackedge, Rivington and Deeply Vale."