Every week we love to shine the spotlight on some of the best local venues that the borough has to offer, in our Pub of the Week feature.

This week we spoke to the landlords at the Jolly Carter to see how they are getting on since taking over the popular pub.

Name of the pub:

Jolly Carter

Landlord/landlady name:

Ian Disley and partner Jayne Crompton

Address of the pub:

Church Street, Little Lever

The Bolton News: How long have you been the landlord/landlady for? And how are you finding it?

Just over three months. It’s been a challenge, but an exciting challenge, and it’s going really well, and we are running it how we want to run it and bringing it back to what it should be. The bar has also been redone.

Read our top story below:

Give us some history/details about the pub:

The pub has been here a long time, and it’s popular, and we have a good mix of people of all ages.

Is food served? If so please describe it or if there are plans to in the future.

We have some really nice food, which is all homemade, all the meat is fresh. We have burgers, pies, kebabs, and much more. Anything that people can think of will probably be on the pub menu.

The Bolton News: Is there a beer garden? Please describe

Yes, we have a new area which has festoon lighting and it’s looking really good.

What is the most popular drink served and why?

Cruz Campo larger, just because it’s a really smooth larger. It outsells everything else in the pub.

What is the most memorable moment at the pub?

Mad Friday was the busiest day, and we traded a weeks’ worth in a day and it was just a good happy Friday.

Do you have an entertainment line-up?

We have made a lot of changes and put in a new menu, including tapas, a quiz, karaoke, and a new entertainment system. Depending on the weekends we sometimes have bands and singers on. We have daily updates on our Facebook page as to what’s going on in the pub with sport, food, and entertainment.

The Bolton News: What are the biggest challenges within the industry and how can you overcome them?

We haven’t currently had any challenges and I think it’s because we have a no tolerance policy for anyone out of line. We like to have a fun, friendly atmosphere for anyone who comes in the pub. If you deliver good food and entertainment, people will come.

What is the best thing about running a pub and why?

It’s just a fun environment to be in and the industry is just really good fun.

What is the worst thing about running a pub and why?

The long hours, but we are still just enjoying it.

What bonus things are offered at the pub? Please explain.

We have Sky Sports and TNT Sports, a coffee machine, and a pizza oven. We have also started an open mic night. People who have an app on their phone can select the songs that they want, but of course we can choose to reject songs. We have horse racing, dog racing, and bingo. We also hold a senior afternoon once a month to serve the community.

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