Fire and Salt BBQ @ The Gaslamp – Manchester

Do you ever have that thing where you find somewhere you really like, think it’s brilliant and then never go because there’s one major flaw? The Gas Lamp, I like to go here – photo with thanks to Drinking Aloud It’s like this at the Gas Lamp – one of the few pubs in Manchester…

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The Plough and Flail – Mobberly, Cheshire

Sometimes I think I expect too much from restaurants – maybe they bring it on themselves, maybe it’s the setting, maybe I just have high standards. The Plough and Flail in Mobberly, Cheshire is set in the middle of sparrow laden hedgerows, lush fields and picturesque villages; stepping in, you’re surrounded by light wood, slate…

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The Old Forge at the Bob Smithy – Horwich, Bolton

Located up on Chorley Old Road; the Old Forge is a new, intimate dining room that has opened alongside The Bob Smithy pub – they’ve knocked through into the next door cottage to create 34 covers and a kitchen to boot. The Old Forge is a buzzy little place with the added bonus of not…

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The Chetham Arms – Chapeltown, Bolton

I’m in fear of shocking you readers, but there’s something to be said about the North West’s dining scene; if you only eat in the cities because you ‘know’ you’re guaranteed the best food, then you’re getting a raw deal – the best food, the best service and the best prices are all found outside town. I’m going…

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Suzanna’s – Little Scotland, Blackrod, Bolton

When we moved out of the city centre to the ‘provinces’ a couple of years ago it was to the mouths agape of our peers; where would we socialise? Where would we eat out? Contrary to their belief it hasn’t been an uphill struggle, we’ve found good places to eat – albeit we rely mostly on…

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Blundell Arms – Horwich

There’s nothing more rewarding after a long walk across the moors than a good pint supped in cosy, comfortable surroundings. Certainly the Blundell Arms in Horwich, part of the Chef and Brewer chain, delivers on that front. It’s close to the moors, has a roaring fire and there’s plenty of exposed wood and warm colours…

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The Windmill – Parbold

There must be a ‘how to’ guide on putting together upmarket country pubs that’s doing the rounds of Northern villages at the moment. Roaring fires, mismatched furniture, real ale on tap, Farrow and Ball paint scheme and a gourmet burger on the menu. The Windmill in Parbold has recently been revamped and it seems they…

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Luciano’s at the Millstone – Anderton, Chorley

Luciano’s is the recent incarnation of an Italian restaurant at The Millstone, it’s been remade and done up – previously it was a sad, tired restaurant with peeling 90s wallpaper serving over-priced, over-cooked food apparently with a mediterranean influence ie. served with watery courgettes and a sprinkling of oregano.From the outside the Millstone looks like…

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The Clog and Billycock – Pleasington, Blackburn

We’ve been to The Clog and Billycock in Pleasington a few times since we upped sticks and moved out of the city to greener pastures. Our first few visits were amazing; a great pub in a lovely area with well sourced, well cooked food, making the most of the riches the North West has to offer.…

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The Crown – Worthington

Popping out for lunch to say goodbye to a work colleague it was decided that we should stop by The Crown at Worthington for their lunch time meal deal. The Crown at Worthington is a traditional pub with a large extension to the rear. The front of the pub is definitely the most charming (I find the…

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