A cannabis farm has been discovered after a fire at a Bolton restaurant, police have confirmed.

A fire broke out at The Lime Tree Restaurant on Bolton Road, Moses Gate,  on  Monday afternoon, with police remaining on the scene last night.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: "Shortly before 1pm on Monday 27 November, Greater Manchester Police were called by colleagues at GMFRS to reports of a fire at Bolton Road, Farnworth.

The Bolton News: A firefighter tackling the blaze. Picture: Josh CatchatoorA firefighter tackling the blaze. Picture: Josh Catchatoor (Image: Josh Catchatoor)

"Emergency services attended and a cannabis farm was located.

"No arrests have been made at this stage but an investigation is underway." 

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) firefighters battled the blaze through the afternoon, with roads nearby shut.

The restaurant announced on Tuesday that it would remain closed for the time being

It stated: "Dear customers and well wishers,

The Bolton News: The scene of the fireThe scene of the fire (Image: Newsquest)

"We deeply regret and are sorry to announce to you that our restaurant is closed down due to the fire incident that happened yesterday.

"We hope you have seen the news online. Until further notice from the respected authorities we will remain closed. Please contact us through the restaurant email if we have made any commitments to you. 

"We will try our best to resolve the matter as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconveniences caused." 

GMFRS also confirmed on Tuesday that fire investigations are looking into the cause of the blaze

The Bolton News: The sceneThe scene (Image: Newsquest)


Five fire engines from Bolton Central, Bolton North, Farnworth, Salford and Eccles stations, as well as the turntable ladder from Bolton Central and the drone unit, were quickly mobilised to the incident. 

The Bolton News has attempted to contact Lime Tree Restaurant.