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Bolton's pubs, restaurants, hotels, shops, beauty spots and journeys are all eligible for nomination as 'Hidden Gems', to compete against others across the North of England to be crowned Top Hidden Gem, in a campaign sponsored by Northern Rail.

At thebestof bolton we have long recognised the value to businesses of being recognised by it's customers as a 'recommended business' and 'word of mouth' has always been known as the best form of recommendation for anything, so it's not surprising that The Bolton News are supporting the initiative by Network Rail to identify the towns Hidden Gems.

The campaign is also being backed by the Federation Of Small Businesses who's members know only too well the value of this sort of recognition.

The idea is that we, the people of Bolton, all have our own favourites when it comes to eating out, shopping, walking or simply enjoying a relaxing drink with friends, so why not share our experiences and give others the benefit of our knowledge.

Business owners go out of their way to create 'Customer Experiences' so we, the consumer will enjoy and want to repeat them. Let's reward them where credit is due and tell others about them so everyone can benefit and those businesses thrive.

The six categories for recognotion as 'Hidden Gems' are:

  • Attraction
  • Beauty Spot
  • Hotel
  • Journey
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
There will be a Top Winner in each category and Highly Commended Plaques will also be awarded. All shortlisted nominations will feature on posters across the regions rail network encouraging people from outside our immediate area to visit too.

This is another great initiative to raise the profile of Bolton, bring people to our town and generate much needed income for our economy.

You can make your nominations by visiting 


or by e-mail to


People who nominate will be entered into a prize draw to win a tailor made weekend, enjoying some of the North's best Hidden Gems.

Don't forget also that at thebestof bolton we are always looking to identify the towns best loved businesses, so you know where to go when you need great products and services. When you have had great service or just know of a business that goes the extra mile to help it's customers let us know at


or e-mail us at



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