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Sweet Green Tavern, Bolton

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Shocked by how much this once good real ale pub has declined.
Dirty, smelly (of dogs) and beer very average.
I hate to say it, but AVOID.
It's a dump.
Lancastrian - 19 Dec 2015 23:32
Visited this pub in the afternoon with my dad and found the girl behind the bar really friendly. I made the mistake of ordering a cider which was not clearly marked by a pump clip and just a homemade paper one(i Wanted real ale). The girl offered to change it but I plodded on and to be fair I'm not a cider drinker but it was nice. This pub can go to another level but I feel it's happy the way its going. Still one of the best pubs in Bolton
Caskales - 4 Jun 2014 16:14
Nowhere near as good as it used to be, which is a great shame. Now only has a very limited choice of ales which were average at best.
alexw - 25 Mar 2012 09:45
First visit for over a year - don't get to Bolton often these days. Friendly welcome, real coal fire and relaxed atmosphere. Interesting range of beers and reasonable prices.
wobblybob - 15 Feb 2012 12:21
Visited for a change from the Howcroft but much the same very ordinary beers and surly bar staff.
manstein - 20 Dec 2010 23:51
This could be an excellent real ale pub. BUT where do I start? The regulars have a shocking clique mentality! Its reminiscent of when a stranger walks into a bar in the wild west! (Everyone looks round staring at you).

The beer is always warm and always looses its head in 30 seconds flat of being poured. Its not a place I feel welcome in and as such do not frequent!
realalerules1983 - 8 Jun 2010 15:48
Excellent Hop Star Winter Ale - all ales £2.40. TV's (no Sky)
oftenscore6 - 7 Jan 2010 21:16
I got spiked in here.. watch your glass at all times.
julia.d - 2 Oct 2009 00:30
How this pub gets a 6.7 is beyond me. Close to the station, I arrived here with great hopes having read its positive review in the GBG. The barmaid (what I assume was the landlady) was very rude towards us, and generally unpleasant, presumably due to the crime of visiting this pub bearing a Kent accent. Anyway, went outside to the admittedly pleasant beer garden (after playing on the ancient fruit machines). My guest ale, one of the 7 or 8 available, was absolutely shocking - undrinkable. I have never had a pint like it before. Because of the previous altercation at the bar I elected not to bother taking it back and took my custom elsewhere. AVOID.
Sharp - 5 Jul 2009 21:09
Great photos of the mighty Tottenham Hotspur up on the wall!!
Real ale, dosn't get busy, well worth a visit!
L.M - 13 May 2009 00:30
Further to my previous rating...sorry to say that while still a nice boozer the beer quality in the Sweet Green is variable. For around the last three times I have visited a pint change has been required, believe me I'm not a 'complainer' but do insist on taking beer back if it's not good. Last time I visited the first two pints I tried were off! They are always exchanged graciously, but that is not the point, many people are not comfortable complaining about beer quality. In my humble opinion this pubs should focus less on the number of ales on tap and more on keeping them flowing well and in good condistion. Let's hope things improve.
lill1971 - 28 Apr 2009 11:14
Traditional boozer just across the road from the station in an area of retail park anonymity. The selection of ales is very wide, probably the best in town, and contrary to previous reports I haven't had a bad pint in here, although I don't doubt it can happen. It's a rambling place with a pleasant interior- green leather seating and several distinct areas, including a secluded room tucked away behind the bar area. There's a fire that is nice in winter and a pool table- whether that's good or bad is a matter of opinion. One to head to if waiting for a train.
Carlurmston - 4 Feb 2009 13:19
Went in here after a long journey from London having come up to watch Spurs at the reebok. Was pleasantly surprised and the ale was fine. It was a Darwen brewery bitter with a silly name. Nice photos of the pub in days gone by in one of the bars and we were all delighted to see two pictures of Jimmy Greaves in action for Tottenham Hotspur. Could do with him up front now....
nickthefish - 1 Feb 2009 09:42
Popped in the other week. Ordered a couple of pints of Moorhouses' "Witch Hunt" which assaulted even my companion's unsophisticated palate. The beer was exchanged with good grace by the barmaid. As with many of the "real ale" pubs, there are simply too many beers for the turnover. The result is that the poor customer has to gamble on how long the barrel has been on for and whether any has been pulled off that day. If lucky, a fresh pint; if not, disappointment and the hassle of returning the offending pint.
menelaus42 - 18 Oct 2008 16:16
How the winds of change blow through the licensed trade. With the decline of the Howcroft we tried another visit here although lots of cask pumps always make me wary. Needless to say we were served two pints of vinegar by the Bet Lynch lookalike however these were rapidly changed for something better. Does the landlord here never taste his own stock to prevent customers having to suffer 'pesh'!
manstein - 18 Oct 2008 16:13
Probably the best proper boozer in Bolton - and a fine selection of ales... well worth a visit.
ian.g - 19 Sep 2008 16:48
Both myself and a friend sent a drink back in here recently, the landlord changed my friends without question but tasted mine and told me there was nothing wrong with it and it wasn't his fault if I didn't like the taste. They were both the same brew bought and returned at the same time!!!

He then spent the rest of our time in there continuously walking past our table glaring at us.

If you want a sour pint served by an equally sour landlord then this is the pub for you!


boltonbloke - 15 Aug 2008 13:25
Agreed on comments below. With the sad decline of the Howcroft it'll be seeing more of my money.
manstein - 12 May 2008 13:08
Nice traditional pub, convenient for the station, warm and friendly welcome from both landlord and punters. Good mix of clientèle, coal fire in winter, pool room, plenty of seating in five separate areas. Busy on match days with Bolton supporters before they catch the train to the Reebok. The beer is GREAT, normally a large selection (10+)of locals from Banktop (Bolton) and Hopstar (Darwen) plus other interesting specials from micro's around the country. Overall great pub with a real Bolton atmosphere.
lill1971 - 17 Apr 2008 11:39
A proper boozer!! Excellent range of well kept real ales served by friendly staff in a smart, clean pub. The Bank Top I sampled was first class.
9/10 from me!
boltonbloke - 23 Feb 2008 13:39
Called-in yesteday and what a turnaround at this pub. It has returned to its former glory. A friendly welcome and an impressive choice of eleven guest ales, mostly from micro-breweries. Excellent and definitely one to visit when in Bolton!
wobblybob - 22 Nov 2007 07:48
Nice pub. Popped in before the match last weekend and went back after. Can't miss it when you walk out of station. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. First pint was ropey but got it changed no problem. Rest of beer excellent. Sarnies available and £1.20 for a pint of Hydes "Black".
ZapuTheSnake - 7 Sep 2007 12:34
Well worth a visit, lots of good quality ales! Also very convenient for the railway station and other transport links.
alexw - 18 Aug 2007 23:17
The range of real ales has improved tremendously in recent months with lots of small brewers represented. The quality is generally very high. There is usually one beer priced at £1.00 per pint. In my opinion this is the finest real ale pub in Bolton.
phigson - 17 Aug 2007 17:53
Must've been a bad day when wobblybob went. Lovely pint of Bank Top last night and the place was very friendly.
EFC1878 - 25 Jul 2007 12:21
Not what it once was. On a recent visit the real ales were OK - no more. A shame.
wobblybob - 25 Dec 2006 15:14
Proximity to the station is probably its biggest plus point. The downside when I was there was a barmaid who looked as though it would have killed her to smile.
joegreen - 28 Aug 2006 15:41
There might not be much sweet green left around this traditional little pub situated on a busy road between Morrisons and Sainsburys, but despite the unlovely surroundings the pub remarkably manages to retain a friendly, cottagey atmosphere. Usually a few real ales on, and in good condition. Just a stone's throw (across that road) from Bolton railway station.
NellySays - 15 Jan 2006 17:38

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