Paul Heathcote has turned Bolton town hall's old staff canteen into a 'proper northern' restaurant - and it's proper good.

The Northern in the Albert Halls promises a local flavour - and delivers actual Paddy McGuinness.

It's stupidly good value for the quality of the cooking and produce, maybe reflecting the fact that most of the ingredients have only had to travel for a few miles down the road.

Never mind proper Northern - this place is proper good.

Read the full review on the Manchester Evening News website by clicking HERE

A nostalgic wallow’ - The Northern, Bolton, reviewed. Neil Sowerby gets his clogs on and heads up to Paul Heathcote’s new place.

The clogs came out because the Northern menu offers a side of ‘clog o’dripping chips’ and I’m ever impressionable.

Read the full review on the Confidentials.com website by clicking HERE

Latest TripAdvisor Reviews

  •   I booked on line for this restaurant and received confirmation that the booking was ok. However when we arrived it was closed and no indication when it would open again!!... read more

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      Second time we came here, first time I couldn’t really fault with teething problems, however.. amazing food amazing service! We had corn beef hash cake and the cod cheeks, was... read more

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      My brother booked for my dads 70th so we had children from 4yrs to 70+ and everyone left feeling satisfied. What a great addition to Bolton as not many great... read more

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  •   Called in on Sunday 8th March to sample what was on offer after reading some good reviews on here. Firstly we were greeted by the lovely and professional Courtney who... read more

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      Sunday afternoon meal for 9 of us. Great food and great service. Lovely quality restaurant food at pub food prices. If you like traditional, local food, which is hard to... read more

    thumb bromleyXman

      Gem in Bolton. Lovely room & great food. This is the second time I’ve been & would go again. Difficult choice as all sounded good. This time has corned beef... read more

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  •   The Good:
    Lovely, very traditional vintage style setting within the Albert Halls.
    The front of house staff are a credit to this place; very welcoming, friendly and attentive... read more

    thumb Raggydll

      Paul Heathcote has got it spot on at the Northern, simple menu but fantastic in terms of quality. great wholesome regionally sourced food. You cannot go wrong. The waiting team... read more

    thumb Fergies2013

      Tried to find fault-failed!Loved everything about the place.It was warm,well lit and clean.I loved the comfortable chairs.It had a good atmosphere,neither posh nor casual.Service was excellent.We didn’t have to wait... read more

    thumb holly337
  •   Had a cracking meal here tonight. The mackerel pâté and pork rib eye were outstanding. Dining companions all loved their meals. Well appointed and attractive dining room. Courtney our waitress... read more

    thumb RobinK708

      Great location - Right in the centre of Bolton and wheelchair accessible.

    The food was absolutely delicious. Superb British food and wonderful portions! Everyone had something different and all... read more

    thumb SarahJ2098

      Four course meal with live music in great surroundings. Excellent all round - could well become a monthly treat. Smashing value and over generous portions. Saw different Main courses being... read more

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Following the recent government advice, The Northern is now closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and would like to thank our customers for their support at this difficult time. We hope to be back operating as soon as we possibly can.

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For now, stay home, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you again soon!