From award-winning curries to delicious vegan lunches, the diverse choice of food in Bolton is impressive for a town of its size. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, our selection of the best places to eat in Bolton will help you plan where to dine during your stay.
Places to eat in Bolton
One of Bolton’s strengths is its diverse food scene. There are plenty of restaurants which serve up food from a variety of cuisines. Right in the heart of Bolton town centre is Olympus Fish & Chip Restaurant on Great Moor Street. This is not your average chippy – the pianist who plays his grand piano as you eat proves that! Combine this with classy decor, friendly staff and excellent fish and chips, and you start to see why this place picks up awards on a regular basis.
If you are in the mood for trying something from a bit further afield, head to Tapaz Ristorante on Bradshawgate, a short walk from The Octagon theatre. With an extensive tapas menu offering the best tastes of the Mediterranean, you have a great opportunity to try something new.
Just around the corner from Tapaz on Mawdsley Street is Ciao Napoli, a cosy Italian with a relaxed atmosphere and a fresh, authentic menu. Come here for great pasta, pizza and steak dishes, and enjoy the welcoming family atmosphere that good Italian restaurants are known for.
When it comes to reputations, you will struggle to find one stronger than Royal Balti House on Market Street. Widely regarded as the best restaurant in Bolton, this popular Indian has a variety of amazing curries on its menu. Our tip is to try their famous ‘Bolti’, a dish named after the town, which helped them sweep a variety of awards at the 2017 English Curry Awards and received glowing praise from celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott.
We also highly recommend The Bank, a delicious steakhouse tucked away in the newly renovated vaults beneath Market Place Shopping Centre. The casual atmosphere and extensive cocktail menu make this a brilliant place to visit with friends or family.
Restaurants in Bolton
Cafés in Bolton
If you fancy heading out for a light bite at lunchtime, Bolton’s cafés will happily tempt you in with specialist teas and coffees, delicious desserts and sumptuous meals. One of the most popular is Chill @ The Cowshed, just a short drive from our Bolton West hotel on Winter Hey Lane. Their tea room offers a vast array of quality teas and coffees, along with some delicious snacks and over 40 flavours of ice cream. They also have a great afternoon tea menu where you can sample a selection of sweet and savoury delights and wash them all down with a pot of tea.
Heading north of the town centre is Earthlings, a health food café and juice bar which specialises in vegetarian and vegan food. You may find yourself amazed at the incredible dishes that Earthlings create, all made from ingredients that have been grown organically. With Jumbles Country Park just a short drive away, this is the perfect place to come after a wander through the countryside.
If you are looking for a caffeine fix, The Coffee Grind on Newport Street in the town centre is the place to go. These guys know more than a thing or two about coffee, and their extensive range is helpfully separated into five strength levels to help you decide which one to go for. They also have a delicious range of sweet treats to accompany your drink, should you wish to indulge.