Bolton Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Bolton

August 4, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Bolton (/ˈbɒltən/ ( listen) or locally [ˈbɜʏtn̩]) is a town in Greater Manchester in North West England. A former mill town, Bolton has been a production centre for textiles since Flemish weavers settled in the area in the 14th century, introducing a wool and cotton-weaving tradition. The urbanisation and development of the town largely coincided with the introduction of textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution. Bolton was a 19th-century boomtown, and at its zenith in 1929 its 216 cotton mills and 26 bleaching and dyeing works made it one of the largest and most productive centres of cotton spinning in the world. The British cotton industry declined sharply after the First World War, and by the 1980s cotton manufacture had virtually ceased in Bolton.
Things to do in Bolton

1. Sokrates Taverna - Horwich

80-84 Winter Hey Lane, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7NZ, England Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Drinks HK$110 - HK$330 +44 1204 692100
Excellent
71%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 411 reviews

Sokrates Taverna - Horwich

Sokrates Tavern on Winter Hey Lane in Horwich is a relaxed and friendly restaurant serving authentic Greek, Cypriot and Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. The dining room has a rustic and easy-going ambience. When the temperatures are high customers love to dine in the Greek village yard. The focal point of the menu is the Greek Meze Banquet which offers an array of 15 or more dishes served to the middle of the table for people to share over an hour or so. It is a great way to eat with family or friends and enjoy a Feast of Flavours. There is a full A' la Carte menu with dishes like the Greek Island Prawns, Mousaka and not to forget the Greek Souvlaki (skewers) and Lamb Koftas. Desserts like the delicious and very popular Greek Yoghurt cheesecake and home made Baklava. Sokrates Taverna has an excellent selection of red, white and rose wines from Greece and Cyprus.

Reviewed By dave h - Bolton, United Kingdom

we went here for our lads 13th birthday, expecting a greek experience, greeter tried to be nice, but was over powering. the menu was over complicated (confusing). after ordering the food, we were told to take our cutlery out of the basket, which was on the table, why? after ordering the meze, we were told how to use the dips ( please!) meze included a greek salad, however no olives came with it. after going to Greece for many years, no bread, no olive oil, maybe we're spoilt.food was average

2. Royal Balti House (Award Winning Restaurant)

78 Market Street | Farnworth, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 7NY, England Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, British, Balti, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$86 - HK$165 +44 1204 573515
Excellent
91%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 876 reviews

Royal Balti House (Award Winning Restaurant)

We at the Royal Balti House restaurant feel that we offer a 5 star service to compliment our wonderful food. In recognition we have won several local awards that we believe reflect the professionalism of our team both in and out of the kitchen. We also do TakeAway and Delivery Service. Browse through our extensive menu with over 200 dishes,find your favourite food or try our chefs specialities. We have an abundance of mouth watering dishes that we feel sure will delight your tastebuds. Our waiters have complete knowledge of all the dishes we serve. So if you are not sure they will be happy to advise or help wherever possible

Reviewed By DVETheK

...and we are pleased that we did. Very attentive service. Everything arrived as per the order and was really nice. There was an option to have skinny or chunky chips so we chose the latter which were nice and different- a bit like little roast potatoes in some ways. At seventy quid for three people (including just three pints of lager) it was a fair bit more expensive than our usual Indian but it made a change and there were no complaints about any aspect which is fair enough I suppose.

3. Nick's Restaurant

162 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 3BA, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +44 1204 849774
Excellent
73%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 565 reviews

Nick's Restaurant

Reviewed By Sandra C

We always come to nicks when we want a good steak but last night was a little underpar. Starters were great hubbie had the duck pasta and I had scallops. We thoroughly enjoyed. Steaks came out and I had asked for medium which usually was bob on but last night was more rare. The blood was still oozing out onto the plate. Now many people would love this and I don't mind pink but was a little under for me. I asked the waitress to see if he could cook it little more as it was bleeding. The steak came back and was fine still a little under but I could live with that. But the meat which had vegetables on the plate as well came back on the same plate with cold vegetables which was a little disappointing. But this was remedied and the lovely waitress brought some fresh mash for me. Desert was lovely and the service great. Steak is a matter of choice and didn't detract from the lovely food we had. Next Time I may order medium well.

4. Ciao Napoli

11 Mawdsley Street, Bolton BL1 1NJ, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1204 399291
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 360 reviews

Ciao Napoli

Reviewed By Stewart B - Bolton, United Kingdom

We normally visit every other Friday for the excellent lunchtime special, great value at £9.95 for two courses plus coffee. Our favourites on the comprehensive menu include Pollo Creme with 3 veg and beef stroganoff which I get with half chips/rice. The meals are always perfectly cooked and well presented together with a bottle of the excellent house wine. The service is always first class and professional thanks to Mo, Jose and staff including Andy the chef. Great atmosphere in this small cosy restaurant that just gets better. Now looking forward to their Valentine menu.

5. Achari

148 Crook Street, Bolton BL3 6AS, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1204 548973
Excellent
70%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 406 reviews

Achari

Reviewed By mikezhivago - Manchester, United Kingdom

First time visit for me with a few friends . Very smiley welcome on arrival and quickly led to our table . The place is fitted out very nicely and it was quite busy for a Tuesday evening . The service was good with a new beer tried ( king cobra ) , which I believe can be a little difficult to obtain , but excellent and strong at 7.5% . The food order was taken and we were not disappointed. The poppadums were excellent with good relishes and grease free. The curries were top drawer, very tasty and we polished everything off with aplomb. There was no rush to leave and we just lingered while our food digested . A large party of 20 plus arrived after us and they were looked after just as well as us , the service is simply first rate . A great curry house and highly recommended.

6. Olympus Fish & Chip Restaurant

35-41 Great Moor Street, Bolton BL1 1SW, England Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night +44 1204 523887
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 662 reviews

Olympus Fish & Chip Restaurant

An award winning, upmarket family run restaurant offering best quality fish and chip meals - and much, much more - to Bolton residents and visitors. With its distinctive arched windows and comfortable Seating for over 200 people, the Olympus Restaurant has not only become a local landmark but regularly attracts visitors from all parts of Lancashire, Cheshire and beyond.

Reviewed By Fourstarmac - Rochdale, United Kingdom

Having experienced this restaurant before I was not too enthusiastic about the chips served with my battered haddock as they were rather soggy. My wife's experience with the steak & mushroom pie was much more favourable. The waiters are always attentive but the service could also have been faster with bringing the meal.

7. The Cherry Tree at Blackrod

Chorley Road, Blackrod, Bolton BL6 5LA, England Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1257 481234
Excellent
74%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Cherry Tree at Blackrod

The Cherry Tree at Blackrod is a Bustling Restaurant in Bolton, near Chorley Lancashire. Offering Fine Wines, Cask Beers & Modern British Dining. A family owned restaurant and bar that provides classic British cooking with a warm, friendly and personal service. We concentrate on serving our take on classic dishes with a modern influence using only the freshest, local produce. Aside from our award winning food, we offer an extensive selection of drinks including Cocktails, Gins, Fine Wines and Champagnes - served by the glass as well as by the bottle.

Reviewed By lillibet12309 - Preston, United Kingdom

I was brought here just before Christmas and I did a review afterwards. Returned today and think the food was even more impressive than it had been in December. I had the chargrilled chicken breast which was delicious. I rarely eat chicken skin but this was crispy and very tasty, accompanied by dauphinoise potatoes and leeks and peas done in a delicious creamy sauce. My weakness is cheesecake and I was delighted to see a passion fruit one on the menu.
I would recommend this place to anyone.

8. The Black Bull

8 Lowercroft Road, Bury BL8 2EY, England Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$55 - HK$188 +44 161 761 5961
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 275 reviews

The Black Bull

Chris, Christine and the team would like to welcome you to the Daniel Thwaites's Black Bull situated on the outskirts of Bury, close to Ainsworth Village. We believe in the traditional English Pub offering a warm and hospitable atmosphere, where you can meet up with family and friends, have a good chat and enjoy great service, Award winning ales and fantastic home-cooked English food from our friendly staff. Since taking over the pub in 2011, we have achieved an enviable reputation for great food, service & beer. This has been recognised by the fact that we have won several awards, including Thwaites Pub of the Year 2012 Thwaites Best Pint 2013 Great British Pub Awards Best Partnership Pub in the North West 2013 Great British Pub Awards Best Cellar in the North West 2012 Good Beer Guide Cask Marque accredited We have a Smoking Canopy and a Beer Garden at the rear of the car park which is stocked with lovely flowers throughout the summer. All major credit cards are accepted. Our motto is quite simple: "Real Ales, Real Food, Real Pub" We look forward to seeing you soon Chris & Christine

Reviewed By c1yates

Have had numerous meals in this pub and they have always been excellent. This was our first time for a meal since the new ownership. My meal was lovely I had chicken off the specials board, with new potatoes and veg and I couldn't fault it. The others in the party had chips which looked anaemic and one person had a salad with his food which came in a small pot which consisted of lettuce and not much else. When we walked into the pub someone near the bar was talking very load and he was swearing a lot. The landlord did tell him to watch his language. There was a lot of shouting and bad language in the pub which did put us off going again which is a shame as it is our local.

9. Luciano's at Middlebrook

The Linkway | Middlebrook Retail Park, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6JA, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +44 1204 691111
Excellent
63%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 599 reviews

Luciano's at Middlebrook

Reviewed By Tracey S - Darwen, United Kingdom

We have been here a few times when its busy and have had prompt service. Today we popped in and plenty of tables. We were not even acknowledge, so walked and found a t able. Sat down waited ten minutes, waiters walking around looking, messing talking laughing. Eventually we saw a waiter walk past and I had to say "Can we have some service please", the waiter looked disgruntled. We ordered two cappucinos and two paninis. 15 mins later a waitress asked us if we had got our drinks, we said we had ordered them. Seconds later two filter coffees were brought with hot milk, I said no we ordered cappucinos. 5 minutes later the drinks arrived. Another ten minutes and the food arrived, it was bland and normally we get salad with paninis, just plain ridged crisps.
When we finished we got up to leave, my husband paid, the waiters cleared the table and asked if everything was ok so I explained, poor service, lack of promptness and getting the drinks wrong, told them we had been many times but said this was really poor.
They apologised and that was it. Wont be going again. It were not just us though today, we noticed quite a few tables that were looking for service after waiting.

10. Unity Brook Pub

452 Manchester Road, Kearsley, Bolton BL4 8RX, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$24 - HK$118 +44 1204 704049
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 311 reviews

Unity Brook Pub

We are are traditional family run pub who pride ourselves on our personal service and excellent quality We serve great beer and superb home cooked food at incredibly reasonable prices We assure all our customers of a warm welcome and an enjoyable experience

Reviewed By T3048TEannec - Worsley, Manchester

Had a lovely family meal ...... nothing is to much trouble , firstly very busy great atmosphere ..... Emma restaurant Supervoisor managed to find us table was very attentive & polite ... took our order was very pleasant & efficient..... the food was really good from the starters to the mains 4 of us eating and everything was bloody lovely.. thank you Emma & Team .... not forgetting the bar staff Annie as always brilliant fast efficient great rapport with all te customers,,,, well done team 10/10 happy Christmas Annie & Keith x

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