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Ye Olde Man & Scythe, Bolton Central, Bolton

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Jon B left this review about Ye Olde Man & Scythe

this is indeed an authentic old pub - if you only have time to visit one in Bolton make it this one. Several rooms, lovely old weathered decor and local real ales - I had a decent bitter from Bank Top. Friendly locals for downtown Bolton, almost a little too friendly!

On 4th May 2019 - rating: 9
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Al Bundy left this review about Ye Olde Man & Scythe Inn

A fine authentic olde worlde pub and apparently the 4th oldest in Britain. Inside there are a few rooms to sit and low beams to avoid. 4 handpumps on one part of the bar and 4 on the other. Loads of ciders available. For a more exhaustive description Mr Bonsers review will inform more than I'm going to.

On 7th September 2017 - rating: 7
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John Bonser left this review about Ye Olde Man & Scythe Inn

On the historic cobbled street of Churchgate in the heart of Bolton is Ye Olde Man and Scythe, an attractive looking black and white Tudor style pub with gables and leaded bay windows.

A sandwich board outside tells us that its “officially the 4th oldest pub in Britain”. High up on the frontage, we learn that “ in this ancient hostelry, James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, passed his last few hours of his life previous to his execution on 15 October 1651”. We also learn that the pub dates back to 1251 AD, but was rebuilt in 1636. It is believed that only the vaulted cellar remains from 1251, but that some of the internal timbered beams date back to 1636

Inside, a staple shaped bar counter on the left serves a flagstoned front area, a narrow drinking corridor and a further area at the rear accessed along the corridor. The front area has a dartboard and juke box. At the rear, we see an old ceiling beam which is annotated in old style lettering as being the end wall of the original building 1251. Reminding us that we’re in the north, we’re also told that this is the way “to t’yard “ – a small outside seating area effectively in the middle of the building.

On the right hand side of the corridor are two rooms, the front one of which looks out on to the market place. The rear room is much larger and is traditionally furnished with padded seating around the perimeter of the room. There’s a fine decorative ceiling, despite beams which clearly aren’t original, and walls which are decorated with interesting framed prints relating to The Civil War, and, in particular the Bolton battles of 1643 and 1644. We learn that an annual re-enactment takes place outside the pub every 15 October, which, as it just so happened, had been in the week before my visit. The highlight of this room is undoubtedly a glass cabinet which contains the chair on which James Stanley apparently sat whilst awaiting execution on the scaffold outside for his part as a Royalist sympathiser and his involvement in the Bolton battles. Here also is a rather gruesome effigy of his bloodstained severed head after the act had been done. In this room is also a piano and some old Victorian bell pushes. Even to non – historians such as myself, it’s an interesting room, although it does feel rather dark and gloomy and the seating does look rather worn, which, in my view, does lessen the overall experience.

Ye Olde Man and Scythe claims to have been “leading Bolton’s music scene for 20 years” and there’s regular jam sessions and live music of the loud rock variety. A loud juke box seems to keep the clientele happy when there’s no live music on, as do several electronic games machines.

Cider is clearly the favoured drink here – not without good reason is the pub better known as T’Cider House – and, on my visit, virtually every customer ( a predominantly male clientele) was drinking one of the Thatchers flavoured summer ciders – orange and apricots, blackcurrant and apple, strawberry and pear, passion fruit etc. These are advertised on a sandwich board prominently situated outside on the pavement at the front, as is the fact that these are sold at a price of £ 2.20p per pint between 12 – 4pm on Mondays through to Fridays. We are warned to be careful as the ABV of these drinks is 7.5%, but, on my recent Friday mid-afternoon visit, a good few customers, were already clearly starting to get rather boisterous. This is evidently not a pub for the faint-hearted.

4 real ales were on – Bank Top Flat Cap, Hobgoblin, Robinsons Dizzy Blonde and Moorhouses Pendle Witch. Quality was reasonable and, although this is clearly a cider pub, pleasingly the local CAMRA branch magazine is prominently displayed.

This was a memorable visit. Despite a number of reservations, on balance, I would revisit when next in Bolton

On 6th December 2013 - rating: 7
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Bolton, 0.47 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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4th May 2019, 17:32
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 01 November 2012 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 06 December 2013 by ROB Camra
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