Bolton CAMRA – Egerton / Bromley Cross Survey – Saturday 19th February 2022

A different trip from the one originally advertised. Chair, Graham Walsh, has requested the branch social travels to Egerton/Bromley Cross to survey some of the pubs that branch members visit less often. The pubs to visit are all on Blackburn Road and Darwen Road. This trip does involve some walking although the No. 1 bus runs regularly (every 20 minutes along Blackburn Road) so can be used to travel from some of the pubs. If unsure of the locations there is a map posted below. You can also print off a copy of the map here.

The group will meet at 1.00pm at the Cross Guns and then travel down Blackburn Road until meeting with Darwen Road. The following pubs are included.

Cross Guns, 390 Blackburn Road, BL7 9TR. 2 changing beers. Food served from 12.00

Thomas Egerton, 227 Blackburn Road, BL7 9SR. 4 changing beers. Food served from 12.00

Masons Arms, 156/158 Blackburn Road, BL7 9SB. 2 changing beers

Flag Inn, Arnold Road (off Darwen Road), 6 changing beers, Food from 12.00

Nook & Cranny, 211/213 Darwen Road,3 changing beers

Catch the No.1 bus at Bolton Bus Station to the Cross Guns at 12.35 (12.13) arriving at 12.59 (12.37), earlier times in the brackets. After visiting the Nook & Cranny there is a choice of walking back to Blackburn Road to get the bus (after 6pm they are every 30 minutes) or alternatively it is a short walk to Bromley Cross Railway Station. Trains to Bolton run once an hour at 9 minutes past the hour. Check times of trains before travelling as they can be changed.

If you need any further details, please contact social@bolton.camra.org.uk or call Gill on 07967585670. If you arrive after the start of the social, please contact Gill to find out where the group are at that time.

Gill Smart, Social Secretary


Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA Social – Wigan Trip – Saturday 22nd January

Travel to Wigan by bus or train depending on which is easiest We will meet in Wigan Central at around 13.00 for a beer or two before visiting some, or all, of the pubs listed below. If catching the train from Bolton Station trains leave at 12.14 or 12.36 arriving 12.31 and 12.53 respectively (off peak return fare £5.90). Please check train times before leaving as some services are being cancelled due to lack of staff. Catch the 575 bus from Bolton at 11.30 (11.45) calling at the Crown, Horwich at 11.57 (12.12) arriving in Wigan at 12.33 (12.48) Later bus in brackets

Wigan Central, Arch No. 1 and 2, Queen Street, WN3 4DY. 6 changing ales

The Raven, 5 Wallgate, WN1 1LD. 4 changing ales; food available

Swan & Railway, 80 Wallgate, WN1 1BA, 7 handpumps with 4 changing beers

Sherringtons, 57 Kenyon Road, WN1 2DU. 6 changing ales; A short walk out of town but well worth a visit

Doc’s Alehouse, 85 Mesnes Street, WN1 1QJ  (Formally Docs Symposium now under new  ownership) 4 changing ales

There are plenty of other pubs in Wigan so this list is just suggestions. If your favourite is not on the list let us know on the day and we can visit. If you need any further details please contact social@bolton.camra.org.uk or call Gill on 07967585670. If you arrive after the start of the social please contact Gill to find out where the group are at that time.

Gill Smart, Social Secretary


Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA Social – Chorley Post Christmas Social – Thursday 30th December

Meet at 1.00pm at the Crown on Chapel Street, Chorley. Pubs to visit will include those listed below. It is always a good afternoon out in Chorley.  Trains and buses run regularly from Bolton but please check on the times of the Christmas services for both train and bus.

Crown, 46-48 Chapel St., Chorley, PR7 1BW

The list of pubs we intend to visit is still being finalised. Details will be here soon.

Please contact Gill on social@bolton.camra.org.uk or 07967585670

Gill Smart

Social Secretary


Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA Social – 125 bus trip – Saturday 13th November 2021

The 125 stagecoach bus runs between Bolton and Preston regularly throughout the day from Bolton Bus Station along Chorley Old Road to Horwich.  The buses run every 10-15 minutes during the day so there are no timings on this trip. Check the time of the buses when you are in each pub.

The trip is planned to start at Bunburys.  Followed by visits to some or all of the suggested pubs below

Meet at Bunburys at 1.30pm with enough time to enjoy a beer or two

Bunburys, 397, Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 6AH

Hope & Anchor, 747 Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 5QH

Here is an option to stop off at Bobs Smithy and The Jolly Crofters. Both of which are on Chorley Old Road

Bank Top Ale House, 34 Church Street Horwich

Tap and Cork, 179 Lee Lane, BL6 7JD

Blackedge Brewery Bar, Hampson Street, BL6 7JH

The Crown, 1 Chorley New Road, BL6 7QJ

Of course, like all our trips we don’t stick rigidly to the plan. If a pub has some special beers, then the stay is longer.

If you need more information email social@bolton.camra.org.uk 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

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 chair@bolton.camra.org.uk 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.camra.org.uk.  

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 social@bolton.camra.org.uk 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 social@bolton.camra.org.uk 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 chair@bolton.camra.org.uk 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 whatpub.com or email pubs@bolton.camra.org.uk

Cheers

Graham Walsh

Bolton CAMRA Branch Chair

chair@bolton.camra.org.uk


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