Bolton CAMRA Social to support the flood affected pubs in Hebden Bridge – Possible date: Saturday 2nd May 2020

After hearing of the floods in Hebden Bridge caused by Storm Ciara earlier this year it was decided that we would run a branch social to the town to show our support. Obviously, we can’t do this until the pubs are open again.

I have been in touch with the Chair of Halifax and Calderdale branch and as of the end of February some of the pubs were ready to open but many were not.

We have pencilled in Saturday 2 May for our trip. I will be in touch with the Branch chair about individual pubs and hopefully by the beginning of May the pubs will be open again.

It would be good if several branch members could join us and we can meet up with some members of Halifax and Calderdale branch.

Travel times and pubs to visit will be on the website once I have more information

Gill Smart

Social Secretary

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Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA – Social to Rivington Brewing Company – Saturday 28th March 2020

We shall meet at the Crown Hotel in Horwich at 12.00 for a beer before our walk to Rivington Brewery, Home Farm, Horrobin Lane, Anderton, PR6 9HE.

Food is available if you would like to eat here before we set off for the walk to the brewery.

For those who don’t want to walk we can arrange a taxi/mini bus from the Crown to the brewery and share the cost. We would expect to leave the Crown around 1.00pm. It would be useful if we knew how many people would like to share a taxi.

Please contact Gill on or on 07967 585670 to let me know or if you have any other queries

Gill Smart

Social Secretary

Bolton CAMRA branch

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA – Stockport trip – Saturday 18th April 2020

will meet at Bolton Station at 12.00 to catch the 12.11 train
directly to Stockport arriving at 12.51. The return fare is £6.70.
There are return trains to Bolton are 17.12, 17.36, 18.05 and 18.12

Pubs we
can visit include the following:

The Crown, 154 Heaton Lane, SK4 1AR. 5 changing beers

The Magnet, 51 Wellington Road, SK4 1HJ. 12 changing beers

Petersgate Tap, 19a St Petersgate, SK1 1EB, 5 changing beers

Bakers Vaults, Market Place, SK1 1ES, Robinsons with 3 changing beers

The Armoury, 31 Shaw Heath, SK3 8BD Robinsons

Olde Vic, 1 Chatham St. SK3 9ED (opens at 5pm) 5 changing beers

are plenty of other pubs in Stockport 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
or call Gill on 07967585670

Smart, Social Secretary

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA – Weekday Social – Bromley Cross – Friday 20th March 2020

The weekday social for March is a visit to Bromley Cross. We plan to meet at the Railway on Chapeltown Road at 1.30.

There is a
train from Bolton station at 13.00 which arrives in Bromley Cross at
13.09. There is also the bus option with the 533 and 541 buses
running from Bolton to Bromley Cross on an hourly service. The 533 is
a hourly service with a bus leaving the Interchange at 12.50. The 541
is a half hourly service with buses leaving at 12.43 and 13.13.
Journey for both services is approximately 30 minutes.

The pubs
we intend to visit are:

The Railway, 37 Chapeltown Road, BL7 9LY with 3 changing beers. Food is available

The Nook and Cranny, 211/213 Darwen Road, BL7 9BS with 3 changing beers

Spread Eagle, 126 Hough Lane, BL7 9DE with 3 changing beers. Food available

The Flag, Arnold Road, BL7 9HL, 6 changing beers

For more
information, contact Gill on 07967 585670 or email



Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020

We will be voting for Bolton CAMRA Pub of the Year, Club of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year at the next meeting on Thursday 5th March 8pm at The Millstone in Bolton town centre. Voting can only be done in person at the meeting, with a valid CAMRA membership card.

Pub of the Year Finalists are:

Brewery Bar, Horwich
Great Ale at the Vaults
Hen & Chickens
Northern Monkey
One for the Road

The winner is decided from a combination of votes at the meeting, average beer score through the year and scores from judges who have visited all pubs and scored using CAMRA guidelines.

Club of the Year Finalists

Bolton Ukrainian Club
Ellesmere Rd Recreation Club, Morris Green
Hilltops Sports & Social Club, Blackrod
Horwich RMI
Lostock Sports Club

Cider Pub of the Year Finalists

Bank Top Brewery Ale House, Horwich
Bank Top Brewery Tap
Beer School, Westhoughton
Brewery Bar, Horwich
Nook & Cranny, Bromley Cross

The winner is chosen from a combination of votes at the meeting and scores from judges who have visited all pubs and scored using CAMRA guidelines

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA Branch – Darwen beer ramble – Saturday 14th March, 2020

We meet at One For The Road at 11.45 to have a beer before catching the 12.28 bus to Darwen (No 1 leaving from stand C), arriving in Darwen at 13.04. Some pubs we can visit are listed below. If anyone has a favourite within walking distance not listed below then let us know on the day and we can visit it.

Caskbar, 165 Duckworth St., BB3 1AT; Mayflower tap with 4 ales

Old Chapel, Railway Road, BB3 2RG: a Wetherspoons pub with 8 changing beers. Previously was a Methodist Chapel. Food available

Taps Bar, 11 Railway Road, BB3 2RG: Cask ales plus craft beers from around the world

Bridgewater, 2-10 Church St. BB3 2RE: 3 regular cask ales from Bank Top and Thwaites plus 3 changing. 10% discount for CAMRA members

Number 39, 39-41 Bridge St., BB3 2AA: Hopstar brewery tap with 4 regular Hopstar and 1 changing

Darwen Tap, 47 Blackburn Road, BB3 1EJ: A micro bar with 4 changing cask ales

Victoria Hotel, 94 Suddell Road, BB3 3HW: Freehouse with 2 changing cask ales (often Hopstar)

If anyone is thinking of joining us in Darwen please all me and for information about where we are; Gill 07967585670

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA – Weekday Social – Little Lever – Tuesday 18th February, 2020

The February weekday social is to visit some of the pubs in Little Lever.

We will meet at   One For The Road, Stalls F14 to F15 Ashburner Street Lifestyle Hall, BL1 1TJ, at 1.30pm to have a beer before we walk to the bus station to get the 524 Diamond bus to Bury from stand J. These buses run every 10 minutes and will take approximately 15 minutes to get to Little Lever.

The pubs we plan to visit are:

Jolly Carter, 168 Church Street, BL3 1BW, 5 changing real ales

The New Inn, 56 Church Street, BL3 1BE, 2 regular ales and 1 changing

Henighans, 71 Lever Street, BL3 1BA, 2 regular Bank Top

Little Lever Working Men’s Club, Victory Road, BL3 1HZ, 2 changing ales

This is just a suggestion of the pubs to visit. We are always open to other suggestions from others if they have a particular favourite

For more information, contact Gill on 07967 585670 or email

Gill Smart

Social Secretary

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Southport CAMRA – Chorley Social – February 15th

A few of the Bolton CAMRA branch members will be joining the Southport CAMRA branch in Chorley for their Social on February 15th.

We will be meeting at The Bob Inn at 12pm. There are a number of fine pubs to choose from in the town which can be seen here Click. This is a joint social with CoLAPS (Coast of Lancashire Ale Preservation Society).

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News

Bolton CAMRA – Chorley Trip – Saturday 22nd February

Meet at 1.00pm at the Crown on Chapel Street. Pubs to visit will include those listed below. It is always a good afternoon out in Chorley.  Trains from Bolton leave at 12.20 and 12.25 arriving in Chorley at 12.34 and 12.44 respectively. The fare is £6.00 return. 125 buses leave from stand P at Bolton bus station every 10 minutes with the journey taking just under one hour. A Central Lancashire Day rider ticket is £4.90 which would allow a stop off in Horwich on the way home if required.

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

Shepherds Hall Ale House, 67 Chapel Street, Chorley, PR7 1BS

Ale Station, 60 chapel St., Chorley PR7 1BS

Bootleggers, 21 Bolton St., Chorley, PR7 3AA

Malt’n’Hops, 50-52 Friday St. Chorley, PR6 0AH

The Shed, Fazackerly Street, PR7 1BG

Cuckoo’s nest (formerly Toastie Tavern, D’owd Inn) 111 Market Street, new micropub with 3 changing ales

Flat Iron (formerly Market Tavern), 21 Cleveland Street, PR7 1BH recently refurbished 4 changing ales including a mild

There are plenty of pubs to choose from and although most don’t serve food there are plenty of places in Chorley to eat.

For more information, contact Gill on 07967 585670 or email

Gill Smart

Social Secretary

Source: Bolton CAMRA Pub News