Located in the village of Horwich, The Blundell Arms is set in a historic courthouse building and has been a north west landmark since 1741.
The pub's distinctive stone slate roofs, and its dressed stone and quoins on the exterior fit perfectly with this area, where beautiful architecture and history flourish together. Less than 15 minutes walk away lies the Grade II listed Holy Trinity Church, consecrated in 1831, and constructed by renowned religious architect Francis Octavius Bedford. Horwich Parish Hall is also nearby - another impressive Grade II structure, which was built in 1793, and had such close ties to the church that its staff were payed from the Sunday service collection
Bolton itself houses Smithills Hall, one of many historic, Grade I listed stately homes in this region, another being Chorley's Astley Hall. With central Manchester and Liverpool both within 40 minutes by car and Arnside and Silverdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) less than an hour away, the Blundell Arms is ideally located for exploring the region's most important sights.
Whatever your reason for visiting this attractive area, the Blundell Arms is a wonderful historic setting for savouring delicious traditional pub food, including relaxing Sunday lunches and seasonal specials.Read more...
The Blundell Arms is set in the quaint village of Horwich, just a 20-minute drive from Bolton. Once a thriving mills town, Bolton’s first mill was opened way back in the 14th century when Flemish weavers came to the area. The town also has a strong sporting background. Not only is it home to the Bolton Wanderers Football Club, whose home ground, Macron Stadium, is just a short drive from the pub, but it is also the birthplace of WBA World light-welterweight boxing champion Amir Khan.
Just 3.7 miles from the pub lies Bolton’s acclaimed Octagon Theatre, whose productions have been delighting local audiences since the venue first opened in 1967. Each week, there is a collection of plays and performances to enjoy, including laugh-out-loud pantomimes, Shakespeare renditions, contemporary classics, American dramas and musicals from around the world. Visitors to the theatre can take part in performance workshops and learn how to express themselves in front of an audience.
Bolton was once at the heart of the cotton and textiles industry and this legacy is remembered at the Bolton Steam Museum. Set on the site of the old Atlas Mills, the museum houses one of the largest collections of steam engines and mill equipment in the country and is well worth a visit.
The most significant attraction in the surrounding countryside is probably Smithills Farm. The farm is set within 70 acres of rolling countryside and has been family-owned since 2000. There are pigs, llamas, goats, sheep, ducks, deer and even a Burmese python. Visitors can take a tractor tour, ride a donkey and even attempt an inflatable assault course.
When t-shirt weather hits, guests of The Blundell Arms can soak up the sunshine in the big beer garden at the front of the pub. The pub is set on a hill, so views from the garden are outstanding, with wide open fields in one direction, the Macron stadium in another, and the historic Grade II-listed Bolton Town Hall in the other. Inside, the views from the pub windows are no less impressive.
Though the Blundell Arms does attract regulars who come for the weekly quiz, it is particularly popular among visitors to Horwich. After working up an appetite exploring the surrounding area, they often stop by the Blundell Arms for a feed or a pint of cask marque real ale in front of a roaring log fire. The friendly and historic Blundell Arms welcomes all visitors, both young and old, and offers unrivalled views of Bolton and beyond.Show less...