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Man and Scythe Inn, Bolton

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Old & atmospheric. A few interesting & well kept beers.
Wilson_MacDonald - 15 Feb 2015 20:22
Very old pub admittedly, the positives end there i am sorry to say. Dark and dismal, the pint of Bank Top bitter i drank being nothing better than average. For such an historic building, things could be so much better.

Bolton is a real desert of a town for good pubs, don't know why!
nokegthanks - 3 Jul 2013 13:46
Closed down by pub chain Enterprise Inns last Monday October 15. All staff told by text that they're redundant by text. Enterprise Inns to reopen with new staff.

realalerules1983 - 21 Oct 2012 15:28
I would agree with you on the historical connections Paul154, but they dont even seem to bother with this since the sad loss of the Landlord, John Jewitt.

Very expensive for Bolton(3.50 for Guinness), and they have now stopped doing food at lunchtime.

That said, I still do like it on a Satuday afternoon, can get very busy in the evening

Mrwetwet - 19 Jul 2012 12:45
Seems to trade a bit on its historical connections. I had a couple of pints of so-so Holts bitter, although one of my friends was raving about the Thatchers cider (while sensibly limiting herself to a couple of halves). A bit expensive compared to other pubs in town.
paul154 - 2 Apr 2012 14:32
a pub i have not been in for 19 years . hobgoblin was expensive at 3-00 a pint by other pubs in bolton, wigan areas of greater manchester. was a good pint but would not go in again due to being expensive
forestwood - 10 Jan 2012 17:07
Great Boltonian pub.
Viva Lancastria!
Real ale, real cider, real Boltonians!!!
Here's to the next 760 years.
Lancastrian - 4 Nov 2010 21:01
Behind the quaint frontage lies a filthy shit hole. The customers look like they would be more at home in a soup kitchen and I would not be at all suprised to find out it serves meths on draught.
Don't go in here with a full set of teeth and deviod of tattoos or you will get beaten up for being homosexual, probably.
boltonbloke - 8 Aug 2010 19:36
I've been supping in here for 9 years now. The holts bitter is best left alone as it doesn't travel well! Thatchers cider is excellent if you want a night totally intoxicated. The recent inclusion of Broadoak perry on draught is a welcome newby. Trouble is it goes down too well and is actually stronger than thatchers cider! Friday and Saturday nights can be great if you get a decent live band on.
realalerules1983 - 25 May 2010 13:26
Only just started going in so I'm curious as to how it was modernised? Only concessions to the modern world I can see are doors and a flushing toilet! Great pub though, very friendly staff, good selection of drinks and by far the best selection of Cider in Bolton. If you drink Thatchers, keep to a strict 3 pint rule!
peahead99 - 16 May 2010 12:44
Please don't drink that Thatchers.. a quick talk to "Shakey John" will convince you of the undoubted benefits to your health of avoiding the orange poison.
Always fun, but I preferred it before it was "modernised" a long while back.
julia.d - 2 Oct 2009 00:54
A propoer pub in an area awash with branded / themed characterless drinking sheds. Well worth a visit.
wobblybob - 30 Jul 2009 16:45
Decided to pop in here when doing a crawl of GBG pubs around Bolton. Lovely exterior and interior - we were greeted by a friendly bar man who made us feel welcome, a somewhat unusual occurance in Bolton. I was in a cider mood so went for the Thatchers Gold, and noticed the majority of punters were drinking the full strength Thatchers - as mentioned by others, very unusual indeed. Its a little bit of a rock pub so if you have a problem with that then I would be a little wary. Ale wise, I noticed Hobgoblin was available, but can't comment on the quality. The prices were embarrassingly low too - 2.10 for a pint of Thatchers Gold I think. If I ever return to Bolton (which I doubt), it will be to here.
Sharp - 5 Jul 2009 21:14
Probably the 'must-visit' pub in Bolton, this pub dates from the Middle Ages and feels like it. There are several distinct rooms and a flagstone floor, and the pub is full of historical items. Always busy, there are usually 3 or 4 real ales to choose from, including Black Sheep (quite rare on this side o't'Pennines!) and I've never had a bad pint. Look out for the Thatcher's cider that everybody in here drinks, it looks like orange juice and quite patently isn't! Only problem is that this pub is slap in the middle of the weekend 'circuit' and the journey to and from it can be less than pleasant.
Carlurmston - 4 Feb 2009 13:13
best real working mans pub in Bolton
gunninm - 16 Jul 2008 13:15
Live music on a Saturday night and the Thatchers cider is rocket fuel! Friendly bar staff and a great juke box (come on the Houghton Weavers haha)!
handychicken - 4 Jun 2007 14:15
I have to agree with the previous comments about this pub. A rough diamond!!
Beautiful exterior and historic interior... Lovely front room, cosy with locals, and very welcoming... Beers very nice indeed, had a pint of Flowers, was very tasty indeed.
Pub very busy even though it was a rainy afternoon, with many interesting and mixed characters... and I'm sure the pub is all the better for it. I would have loved to spend the rest of the afternoon there.. Maybe next time...
alistair_cross - 21 Jan 2007 10:33
It was a bit scruffy looking the other day, but the beer was in first class nick. Worth a visit.
joegreen - 28 Aug 2006 16:13
Allegedly the 5th Oldest pub in England!

wildeoscar - 3 May 2006 14:41
A gem of a pub, a bit rough and ready but full of atmosphere and interest, occasional traditional music sessions add to this. Great beer.
Rivington - 19 Apr 2006 15:05
Great pub parts of which date back to the 17C. Cosy rooms, flagged floors, good hot 'snack' food & music on certain nights. Good selection of Real Ales.
steviej - 3 Aug 2005 11:48

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