WE love to shine the spotlight on the best local pubs.

This time we have headed to Westhoughton to find out about Absolute Bar and Bistro in our Pub of the Week feature.

Name of the pub:

Absolute Bar and Bistro

Address of the pub:

23 Market Street, Westhoughton

Landlord/landlady licensee name:

Natalie O’Neill

How long have you been the landlord/landlady for?

2 years

Bar staff and their names:

Lillie, Izzy, Ellie, Niamh and Kirsten

Give us some history about the pub:

We have been open for two years and tried to ingrain ourselves in the community. We host a lot of charity events and functions. It used to be a Boozebuster but we have kitted it out and started from scratch to create a stylish, modern and great little venue.

Is food served? If so what’s on the menu?

We serve breakfast, lunch and have an extensive tapas menu - we are the only place locally that does a tapas. People order a lot of tapas and we have got all sorts.

Is there a beer garden?


Do you have any darts/snooker/pool teams?

No, we are more of bar

Most popular drink served is:

Cocktail - Pornstar Martini. Visitors find that we are a nice bar and people love to come for cocktails

Most memorable moment at the pub:

We have been here for only two years but it has to be when we opened. The owners have put a lot of work to get it open and that was fantastic. The overall atmosphere is great but we set ourselves apart from other venues in the area by having the whole package.

Do you have an entertainment line-up?

We have something every Friday and Saturday night ranging from DJs to singers and tribute acts.

Have you faced any challenges within the industry?

Costs have escalated across the board across the country, but we have kept our heads down to offer a great service and place to go

The best thing about running a pub is...

Every day is different. It is about developing a relationship with your customers and making them want to come back

The perfect hangover cure is...

Full English and coffee, served here 9am-noon.