Branch Update

Branch AGM

A reminder that the Branch Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 7th October 8pm at Northern Monkey Tap on Chorley Street Industrial Estate (not the Northern Monkey Bar on Nelson Square!).   

Branch Officers will be up for re-election. If you have an interest in volunteering to take on a Branch position, you can find role descriptions here, or contact for more details. 

Dates for the Diary

  • Tuesday 21st September, 8pm – Club of the Year 2021 Presentation to Bolton Ukrainian Club.  All welcome
  • Saturday 2nd October, 1pm – Greater Manchester Regional Meeting, Britons Protection, Manchester
  • Wednesday 6th October, 7.30pm – Cider Pub of the Year 2021 Presentation to The Beer School, Market St, Westhoughton.  This will mark CAMRA Cider Month during October!
  • Saturday 9th October 2021 – Bolton Town Centre Social – Meet at Hen & Chickens at 12.30pm – full details here

Champion Beer of Britain 

Voting is now open for nominations for Champion Beer of Britain, one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world.

Just go to  

CBOB categories have now changed to fit the updated CAMRA Beer Styles.  You are no longer restricted to beers from the North West Region, although you may wish to choose your favourite pints from local breweries. Both Bank Top and Blackedge have picked up category awards in recent years.

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Pub of the Year 2021

As mentioned below,

Closely following on from our previous Pub of the Year, delayed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Branch is pleased to announce our 2021 Pub of the Year is the Cob and Coal, Tommyfield Market, Oldham.

The award was presented to Michelle and Chris Riley at a presentation on Saturday 24th July.

A very enthusiastic crowd of members of  the local branch
of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) gathered in Oldham for their
first social event since Government restrictions were lifted. A visit to a
number of Oldham’s finest pubs was on the agenda, with the added bonus of the
opportunity to present the branch’s annual Pub of the Year Award to the
deserved winner, the Cob and Coal Tap in Oldham’s Tommyfield Market.

Presenting the framed certificate to landlady Michelle Riley,
Peter Alexander, Chairman of the Rochdale, Oldham and Bury branch remarked on
the pleasure of the occasion.  The award itself, he continued, is voted for
by our discerning members and is against very tough competition. Peter
continued “The Cob and Coal Tap is a relatively new venture, and it is to
Michelle’s credit that the micropub has shot to the top of the affection of not
only local CAMRA members, but real ale and cider drinkers in Oldham and far
beyond.  Our members voted overwhelmingly for the Cob and Coal and with
its fantastic range of well-kept real ales, a stunning  array of
traditional ciders and the very warm welcome to guests, showing that putting
real ale and cider at the forefront of your offer, is not only great for CAMRA
members and other local drinkers, but a sound business decision.” He hoped
others would note and emphasised that the award should be seen as a challenge
to all pubs in the Branch area as something to aspire to.   

The photo shows Michelle Riley and Branch Chairman Peter Alexander.

Source: Rochdale, Oldham & Bury Branch News

Boton CAMRA – Bolton Beer Walk – Saturday 2nd October 2021

No need for trains and buses except the one that brings you into Bolton.  Meet at the Hen and Chickens, at 12.30pm.

The following is a list of pubs to be visited on this social.

Hen and Chickens, 143 Deansgate, BL1 1EX, 5 changing cask

The Greyhound, 146 Deansgate, BL1 1BB, 3 changing cask

One for the Road, Bolton market, BL1 1TJ, 3 changing ales, closes at 5.30pm

Swan & Barristers, Bradshawgate, BL1 1EL, 4 changing cask

Old man and Scythe, 6-8 Churchgate, BL1 1HL, 2 changing cask plus cider

If your favourite isn’t on the list let me know and we can include on the next social.

If you need any further details, please contact or call Gill on 07967585670

Gill Smart, Social Secretary

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA – Horwich Beer Walk – Saturday 11th September 2021

The Horwich Beer Walk will begin at the Bank Top Ale House. Meeting at 1.00pm. The walk will continue by visiting the following pubs. Anyone not wanting the walk from the Ale House to the other pubs can catch the 125 bus which stops outside the Ale House. Any one that wants a diversion can walk to JR’s Ale House on Chorley New Road and meet up with us again later

Bank Top Ale House, 34 Church Street Horwich

JR’s Ale House, 176 Chorley New Road, BL6 5QW

Tap and Cork, 179 Lee Lane, BL6 7JD

Blackedge Brewery Bar, Hampson Street, BL6 7JH

The Crown, 1 Chorley New Road, BL6 7QJ

 If you need more information email or if you can’t make the start and want to catch up with us, please call Gill on 07967585670.

Gill Smart, Social Secretary

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA Branch update

Branch Social

Our first face-to-face social event since the lifting of lockdown restrictions will be this Saturday 21st August.  Meet at Great Ale at the Vaults at 12 noon for a trip around some of our town centre pubs – The Greyhound, One for the Road, Northern Monkey Bar and Old Three Crowns. All welcome. 

Branch Meetings

The next Branch Meeting will also be the first face-to-face meeting since lockdown. It will be held Thursday 2nd September 8pm, at the Millstone on Crown St in Bolton Town Centre (behind the Elephant and Castle)

Branch AGM

This is notice that the Branch Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 7th October 8pm at Northern Monkey Tap on Chorley Street Industrial Estate (not the Northern Monkey Bar on Nelson Square!).   

Branch Officers will be up for re-election. If you have an interest in volunteering to take on a Branch position, you can find role descriptions on the CAMRA website, or contact for more details. 

It’s awards season! 

Our pubs have done rather well over the last few weeks. There are plenty of presentations coming up.  All welcome to come along.

Thursday 26th August at 7pm The Bridge Hotel in Horwich was recently announced as the winner in the Community Local category of CAMRA’s Pub Design Awards.  There will be a virtual national event taking place with all the winners. Come down to the pub on the night to celebrate.

Thursday 9th September from 7.30pm – Pub of the Year Presentation to Northern Monkey Bar, Nelson Square 

Sunday 12th September from 3pm –  CAMRA Golden Awards Presentation to The Crown, Horwich

Wednesday 6th October from 7.30pm – Cider Pub of the Year Presentation to The Beer School, Market St, Westhoughton.  This will mark CAMRA Cider Month during October!

If you can’t make the dates, try to support these and some of our other great pubs and clubs by paying them a visit if you can. Help us by letting us know what real ales are on the pumps. You can do this using or email


Graham Walsh

Bolton CAMRA Branch Chair

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

The Railway Broadheath re-opens

After being closed for a long time, and having received a sympathetic refurbishment which has preserved the original features the Railway in Broadheath has re-opened as an Irish themed pub

Inside has been cleaned and re-painted. The original seating has been retained and re-covered. Some missing arms have been wonderfully reproduced and replaced. The lounge has had the carpeting removed to reveal original oak parquet flooring.  The fireplace is as was with the mirror and a real fire. There are now TVs for sport.

The kitchen has been replaced and food will be available soon. The toilets have been tiled and painted

Outside additional seating has been provided with six picnic tables and umbrellas along the side of the building.

Jerry the landlord says  he plans is to have two Real Ales, one from Brakespears range and Marstons Pedigree.

So its good to have positive news about one of the branches oldest pubs, especially one thats on the Camra National Herritage Pubs list.

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Bolton CAMRA Social – Saturday 21st August 2021

Our first social since lockdown started last year. This time we are visiting Bolton to support our local pubs instead of going further afield. The plan is to meet at 12.00 at our first venue, The Vaults. Pubs to be visited are as follows:

Great Ale at The Vaults: Vaults Below Market Place, Bolton, BL1 2AL

The Greyhound: 146 Deansgate, Bolton, BL1 1BB

One for the Road: Stalls F14 to F15 Ashburner Street Lifestyle Hall, Bolton, BL1 1TJ

Northern Monkey: Nelson Square, Bolton, BL1 1AQ

Old Three Crowns:    14 Deansgate, Bolton, BL1 1BR

We can expect good quality cask ales  from all pubs mentioned.

It would be good if we have an idea of the number of people joining the social. If you are planning to attend can you please either text me on 07967 585670  or drop me an email on

Look forward to seeing you

Gill Smart

Social Secretary

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

The All Party Parliamentary Pub Group

The Pubs APPG is a group of MPs from across parliament, and our goal is to promote and campaign for the interests of pubs, landlords and the communities around these pubs both in Westminster and beyond.

Today, with the support of CAMRA, we’re launching an Inquiry.

We want to listen to you and make recommendations to the Government about the best ways to support pubs in the coming months.

I want to ask you to take part and make your voice heard. You can get involved on our website by taking a short survey, just click on the link here.

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Pubs and Clubs Open from April

Member Jim Brunt has produced a very useful and welcome map showing you which pubs are open from April 17th. Click on the link to take you to the map. A few caveats – we arent yet aware of the status of some pubs, but we will update as soon as people tell us they are open, or members inform us a pub is open. Also some pubs are operating a booking system so its best to call them before you visit – you could be disappointed.

Many thanks to Jim for his hard work.

Source: Rochdale, Oldham & Bury Branch News

Branch Pubs which have re-opened

These are the Branch pubs which we understand have reopened for outdoor-service since 12th April. This information is our best knowledge but we can’t guarantee it is correct.  Please check opening times and booking arrangements before you go.  Be aware that you need to check in or sign in for test and trace so please be prepared and be patient with bar staff. 

Please keep us informed of other reopened pubs at
If you do visit a pub try to order a fresh cask beer if available and give it a score on

Alma Inn
Hen & Chickens
Northern Monkey (from Friday)
Victoria Inn (Fanny’s), Markland Hill
Bob’s Smithy Inn (from Friday)
Beaumont Arms, Ladybridge
Waggon & Horses, Westhoughton
White Lion, Westhoughton
Robert Shaw, Westhoughton
Cherry Tree, Blackrod
Goose & Gander, Blackrod
Red Lion, Blackrod
Poacher, Blackrod
Beeley’s, Horwich
Original Bay Horse, Horwich
Blundell Arms, Horwich
Jolly Crofters, Horwich
Brewery Bar, Horwich 
Tails and Ale, Horwich (from Saturday)
Wayoh Brewing Co, Horwich
Crofters, Bradshaw
Railway, Bromley Cross
Nook & Cranny, Bromley Cross
Spread Eagle, Bromley Cross
White Horse, Harwood
The Thomas Egerton
Mosley Arms, Breightmet
Britannia, Farnworth
Market St Tavern, Stoneclough
Grapes, Stoneclough
Kearsley & Ringley Conservative Club (members only)
Horseshoe, Ringley
Unity Brook Inn, Kearsley
Wilton Arms, Belmont

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Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News