AS the curtain has come down on 2022 we have decided to round-up the finest venues we featured as the Pub of the Week.

We have 47 different establishments for you to choose from so read the online article ( and fill in the form to tell us which one deserves to earn a place in the top five and in with a change of being crowned ‘Bolton News Pub of the Year 2022’.

In January, we heard how THE LORD RAGLAN was very much part of the community and how ‘they are all there for one another’.

We then went to the HOPE AND ANCHOR and found out how people come to the pub and then ‘leave as friends’.

Our search for the best pubs were on the right track at the GREYHOUND where we found out how it used to be known as the Kickin’ Donkey as it had stables at the back.

Then we spoke to Kevin Banks landlord of a cocktail bar PIGGY BANKS that stages fun fundraisers for cancer charities.

We found out about a historic country pub nestled between Entwistle and Wayoh reservoirs, perfect for walkers and dog walkers - THE STRAWBURY DUCK.

We took the Bull - THE BLACK BULL in Edgworth by the horns to discover more about the spectacular views and food on offer for people to enjoy

THE SWEET GREEN TAVERN was our next destination and Kevin Banks told us that it is a ‘real traditional one stuck in a bubble from the 1950s’.

We went to Astley Bridge to see the BAY MARE which has an ‘older, cosy style of interior and...there are many pictures around of Bolton back in the day.’

In March, Wanderers pub THE VULCAN bosses told us about their charitable side and how they raised £1,093 for Bolton Hospice as well as being at the heart of their community.

We then went to THE QUEENS HOTEL in Bradley Fold, and spoke to Sean Hornby about how during lockdown they ‘had a Whatsapp group to stay in contact with old people (to see) if they were okay and gave them food if needed.’

‘Meeting new people everyday was the best thing for the owners’ of the BREWHOUSE in Bolton.

Elsewhere, tails are certainly wagging at THE KING WILLIAM in Turton where they have a dog menu and donate 50p to Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary.

We then heard the touching story at THE STORK TAVERN, where landlord Graham Brooks told us about how the community rallied when his wife Jan Parker-Brooks sadly passed away in February, 2021 and how ‘family, friends and regulars turned up outside the pub to clap as she passed in the funeral car’.

In April we went to YATES bar who told us about their ‘wide variety of flavoured gins and 241 cocktails that are very popular’.

One of the most well-known pubs in Bolton was next on the list being named after Nat Lofthouse at the LION OF VIENNA.

We heard from Emma Costello at HENIGHANS BAR AND GRILL which continues to go from strength to strength having ‘the traditional pub look but with modern twists including a stage and PA System’.

The SPREAD EAGLE in Bromley Cross may have been there for over 100 years but ‘it has become the hub of the community during lockdown providing a fruit and vegetable market’.

Then came one of the most unusual Pub features as we visited OXYGEN BAR and being Bolton’s first cocktail bar that offers the unique experience of Oxygen Therapy .

A visit to Horwich took us to the ORIGINAL BAY HORSE which had been given a ‘major refurbishment in January 2022, revamping the beer garden with newly installed heaters and a TV’.

The BOWLING GREEN in Horwich was keeping the punters in great spirits with their drinks and brilliant atmosphere.

In June, we discovered the history of the 18th century WHITE HORSE in Edgworth and how they serve meals with locally sourced ingredients.

We then spoke to Rebecca Whittle from the BEAUMONT ARMS and found out one of their most popular drinks is the Baby Guinness.

The BOB SMITHY PUB then told us about how community is so important as a ‘place for friends, family, work colleagues to catch up, relax, enjoy great food and drink whilst taking in the beautiful scenery’.

We paid a visit to Bolton town centre’s largest and only south facing beer garden at the ALMA INN.

The QUEEN ANNE in Little Lever is one of the oldest pubs but has won awards for being the Thwaites Best Seller award in the past and has a lot of original features.

In July we went to THE POACHERS in Blackrod where they have received accreditation from Guinness for serving the Irish brewer for serving the best drink

Then we heard about THE GILNOW ARMS being a ‘very old pub and how some people say it’s haunted and used to also be a B&B’.

Our next selection have ‘a strong focus on entertainment as there isn’t any other venue in town that offered this’ at THE BANK in Westhoughton.

We heard about the live entertainment and diverse customer base at THE YORK in Bolton.

The Chase star Anne Hegerty used to host one of the best quiz nights in Bolton which was a claim to fame at the VICTORIA AND ALBERT in Horwich.

Craig Pinion told us about their investment at THE CHEETHAM ARMS in Egerton to help develop their visitor experience.

When it comes to award-winning, then the COURTHOUSE BAR in Bolton should take credit as they scooped prizes in a year period.

Hanging kebabs were one of the unique selling points on the menu at THE BLACK DOG in Belmont.

We spoke to officials from THE DUKE WILLIAM in Ainsworth and their extensive menu including the basics such as steaks, burgers, fish and chips, steak and ale pie through to Clay Pot Pork, Pan Roasted cod, Curry of the Day, chicken kebabs.

Then we found out about the massive range of gins on offer at THE WHEATSHEAF in Westhoughton.

Derek Gallagher at THE QUEEN ELIZABETH in Great Lever told us about how he made the pub customer focussed by bringing in karaoke.

We heard that Carling, Stella and Birra Moretti were the popular drinks at the WHITE HORSE in Harwood and how they have been at the heart of the community.

Then we went to a micropub and bottle shop at BUNBURYS that serves rare craft beer and real ale and has been a vibrant hub supporting the community.

Sometimes people like to go a bit further for a social experience and the CARDWELL ARMS in Adlington who ‘love to meet old and new faces’.

From poetry evenings to drag nights, there’s lots of fun at BAR FOUR at the Vaults in Bolton.

Then there were plenty of reasons to stay in the town centre by visiting NORTHERN MONKEY bar.

Chantelle Jones at THE SADDLE in Horwich said that she has ‘been looking things to do like quiz nights having singers and bands’.

We stayed in Horwich to find out more about THE BRIDGE HOTEL which serve food from ‘sandwiches and light

bites to mouthwatering mains, our menu offers a choice of good old fashioned pub classics and flavours from around the globe’.

HOGARTHS had a refurb which make it a great venue as it has a ‘wide of drinks from beers, bottles, rums, whiskey and cocktails’

Into December we went to the THE MARKET TAVERN AND ESCAPE LOUNGE in Horwich to hear about the landlords who made changes to create a safe place for fun and to socialise.

The landlords at B33R@33 in Horwich were celebrating a year of being open and they had the intention to bring something a bit different.

Ellie Sutcliffe at THE NORTHERN WAY said they ‘have the cheapest pints in Bolton with draft beer starting from £2.10 a pint ‘ and how they love their regulars’.