Review on The Northern

Former Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Paul Heathcote has launched The Northern in the iconic Grade II listed Bolton Town Hall. Occupying the space that was once the staff canteen, the Town Hall has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and as well as the restaurant, there's a theatre and a wedding and conference area.

Featuring an open kitchen with classic metro tiling to one side of the traditionally styled dining room, well-spaced dark wood tables are set with chairs upholstered in British racing green leather. There's lovely backlit stained glass windows, antique brass light fittings and mirrors, with walls bedecked with pictures paying homage to Bolton's past and present.

The restaurant reflects great Northern classics with seasonal produce carefully sourced from the surrounding area. Amongst the starters you can expect dishes like potted salmon and old fashioned drop scones or chicken liver paté, bacon jam and toasted Warburtons potato cakes. Main courses home in on beef rag pudding, mash, buttered cabbage and beef gravy or for fish fans there's The Northern's fish pie. Desserts aim for comfort in a big way with Heathcote's bread & butter pudding or treacle tart paired with clotted cream.

The Northern has a concise wine list to accompany the food and there's a comfy lounge and bar area for guests who just want to pop in for a drink.

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Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Thu-Sat (1.00 - 7.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.00 - 8.00pm Thu (5.00 - 9.00pm Fri & Sat)

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Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at The Northern

  • Pre theater meals
  • 90 covers


The Northern
Bolton Town Hall
Victoria Square
Greater Manchester

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