Mr Fitzpatrick’s – More Than Britain’s Last Temperance Bar

Mr Fitzpatrick's Britains Last Temperance Bar

Mr Fitzpatrick’s Vintage Cordials. If you live in Rossendale, chances are, you might have heard of them. If you’re really lucky, you might even have tried them!

If you’re yet to try one of these amazing vintage cordials, perhaps it’s time for a trip to Britain’s Last Temperance Bar, located on Bank Street in Rawtenstall.

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One Year On, Two Awards, The Hub of the Community – Anna’s Cafe Bar

A RURAL village bar that has become the heart of a remote community celebrated its first anniversary by picking up a second business award.

In June 2018 when Anna Preece opened Anna’s Cafe Bar on Burnley Road, Weir, Bacup, she looked up and down the busy main road wondering if anyone would visit… and they did. By lunchtime the café was packed and after just eight weeks the business had already achieved the target Anna had set for six months.

The success continued and in November Anna’s was the ‘Invest in Rossendale’ award winner at Rossendale Business Awards, and now at the Rossendale Lifestyle Awards it picked up ‘Bar of the Year’.

Anna, 44, used to be a full-time mum, make soup and bake bread to sell locally and was a part-time copywriter. Now, along with her husband Dave, she is partner in the business, which has offered full and part-time employment to many in a village where there are few job opportunities.

She said: “At the Lifestyle Awards Councillor Sean Serridge was announcing the winner and as he used to live in the village until recently and visits here, I thought to myself, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if he presented the award to us.’ Then he did. It was such a strong category with so many great bars as finalists I didn’t think we would win it.”

Initially, Anna and Dave were looking to rent the premises, which used to be a shop, and had started the planning process only for the owners to announce they were selling to a third party. Anna said: “I was gutted, but then that fell through and we were offered the building and were able to raise the money to buy it. We got the deeds in February and the first thing I did was come in and start knocking walls down.”

Anna and Dave have two children Poppy, 15, and Huey, 12, and Anna said it has been important for them to understand that hard work reaps its own rewards. She said: “Before we opened I was worried about how it would go, but I sort of knew it was going to work. I always knew what I wanted to do with the building and had a vision, but this has become so much bigger.

“We are now a hub for the community to meet, socialise, get to know their neighbours and hold parties. We have also had a visitor come all the way from Leeds – how many cafes did he pass on his way just to come here?”

Meeting a real need in the remote village by providing a warm and welcoming place, has ensured Anna’s is packed every weekend and tables need to be booked in advance. Now Anna is considering an Anna’s 2 and possibly an Anna’s 3 in other areas, replicating the successful template of the Weir business.

She said: “These awards are as much for my team as they are absolutely key to Anna’s being as successful as it is. We knew we had high quality products, we only use high quality ingredients and everything is home-made, but the excellent service, welcome and making people feel comfortable is just as important as we want them to come back.”

Anna’s also gives back and has donated nearly £1,300 vouchers to charities and community groups since it opened.

by Catherine Smyth Media

Nine Days of Heritage Activities Across Rossendale

FROM Asian comedy, to a traditional carnival procession, dialect song and dance to a comedy night – the nine-day Rossendale Heritage Festival has something for everyone.

When it was realised that a number of heritage events were happening across Rossendale at the same time, organisers got together to see how they could work in unison to promote all the attractions and boost visitor numbers.

The result will be a hectic nine day festival starting on Saturday June 29 at 11am with an interactive storytelling session at Haslingden Library all about Ramadan. Eight days later it will conclude on Sunday July 7 at 6pm when the Larks of Dean Quire will sing historic Hymns at Goodshaw Chapel at the annual sermon.

Marketing and publicity officer at The Boo, in Waterfoot, Michelle Darwin said: “We have been working in partnership with all different venues all across Rossendale. We have Smash Bengali at The Whitaker in Rawtenstall at 6pm on Saturday June 29, he is a British Bengali YouTuber Hashu who fuses his two cultures in his own unique style of comedy.

“As part of the heritage festival there will also be two parades. The first being on Sunday June 30 to mark the Centenary of Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival which started with a Peace Procession in 1919, to celebrate the signing of the Armistice. Then on the penultimate day of the festival, Waterfoot Wakes procession will be held celebrating the traditional Wakes Holidays when mills would close and the workers would enjoy a week off work.”

The Wakes celebrations will be held in venues across Waterfoot from June 4-7 and include a ceilidh and a meal and comedy night, when the audience will dine at the Old Library Café, before attending a comedy night at The Boo to watch a preview of two Edinburgh Fringe acts. Two acoustic nights will be held – at Anna’s Café Bar in Weir on Monday July 1 and at The Whitaker on Wednesday July 3.

Also on the final weekend of the heritage festival a two-day Dialect-I-Fest celebration will be held at The Whitaker in Rawtenstall with stages inside the hall and in the park hosting live acts, music, song, dance and brass bands. Rosso has been asked to switch one of its service buses for a liveried bus for the duration of the festival.

At Bacup Natural History Society Museum an exhibition to mark 100 years of the town’s carnival opens this Saturday June 15 and will be on throughout the Heritage Festival until Sunday July 7. A Heritage Lottery Grant awarded to Community Assets Standing Tall, a charity seeking to have historical assets listed to ensure their preservation, has brought the festival together and helped to fund workshops.

Programmes listing all the events for the festival have been distributed across Rossendale and for more information log on to https://www.horseandbamboo.org/ or contact The Boo on 01706 220241.

by Catherine Smyth Media

Café Pearsons

Café Pearsons

A wonderful place to escape in the heart of rural Helmshore in Lancashire.

Fully licensed and providing the best locally sourced produce, we aim to provide customers with the best possible experience in an inviting, informal space. We have firmly earned our place on the map of Rossendale to become a daily necessity for local coffee addicts and food lovers.

We have recently introduced a fabulous unique Gin Bar which is proving extremely popular alongside our amazingly refreshing cocktails. Pearsons can be hired out for smaller private functions Baby Showers, Birthdays, Christenings etc.

We have regular live music, quiz nights and coming very soon Tapas Nights. We are pet-friendly.

Website:

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Address:

2 The Parade, Helmshore BB4 4HD

Opening Hours:

Closed Monday
Tuesday – Wednesday: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Thursday – Friday: 9:30am – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 4:30pm

The Dearden Tea Rooms

Dearden Tearooms Haslingden

We have a passion for creating delicious food in a warm and welcoming setting. You will experience the authentic charm of yesteryear, open fires, original Lancashire range and many more original features.

Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea or, if you prefer, order from our menu of hearty dishes freshly prepared using locally sourced produce of the highest quality from reputable suppliers. We pride ourselves on our food. Whether it be an afternoon tea, a locally sourced and freshly prepared breakfast, a homebaked cake, or fish and chips for lunch. Visitors can be assured of a warm welcome and a full belly!

Website:

http://deardentearooms.co.uk/

Address:

12 Deardengate, Haslingden BB4 5QJ

Opening Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm

Holden Wood Tearooms

Holden Wood Tea Rooms

Holden Wood Tea Room is an established venue for quality Lancashire food, in our beautiful conservatory tea room. It complements our antique centre and is the ideal venue for anything from a refreshing pot of tea and a scone to one of our full and hearty meals. Situated to the front elevation of the building, we have car parking alongside. Holden Wood Tea Rooms’ menu includes a changing mix of light snacks, full meals and sumptuous desserts. Our staff are friendly, the atmosphere relaxed, and we are dedicated to offering our customers a service that makes them return time and time again.

Website:

http://www.holdenwoodtearooms.com/

Address:

Grane Road, Haslingden BB4 4AT

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 12am

Bumble’s Café

Bumbles Cafe, Haslingden Community Link, Bury Road, Haslingden BB4 5PG

Bumble’s Café specialises in producing quality dishes using local and seasonal produce, offering a hearty breakfast to start the day, delicious ever changing range of specials including soups, hot & cold sandwiches, a daily two-course meal offer & a range of delicious cakes served with choice of teas or coffees. With the chance to sit back & relax with a hearty breakfast, a light lunch, or perhaps just a pot of tea – you’re sure to be suitably refreshed and refuelled here. The menu is available to pre-order & for Takeout too! We can offer catering for private functions either on-site or outside catering.

Website:

http://www.hcl.org.uk/cafe/

Address:

Haslingden Community Link, Bury Road, Haslingden BB4 5PG

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm

The Drop Off Café

The Drop Off Cafe Edenfield

Our café welcomes the muddiest, soggiest, sweatiest cyclists, walkers and four-legged friends around, but of course, the sophisticated souls are just as welcome here too.

We welcome all, be you covered in muck or feeling rather sweaty; the original cobbled floors and reclaimed/handmade furniture will surely not bat an eyelid. We serve a scrumptious lunch menu from 12pm and have the tastiest French Roast coffee to wake and shake you with a yummy slice of homemade cake.

We have a wide range of delicious speciality teas and of course good old Yorkshire tea. We don’t like leaving anybody out, so we have cakes and a menu to serve the gluten intolerant, the vegans and veggies amongst us, along with treats for our polite paws.

Website:

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Address:

42 Market Street, Edenfield BL0 0JN

Opening Hours:

Wednesday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Occasional Evening Opening

Corner Café

The Corner Cafe Crawshawbooth

A traditional British Café offering breakfast, lunch, snacks, sweet treats – we have it all!Eat in or take away we are open 7 days a week. All our food is homemade, freshly prepared and cooked to order. In 2015 we won the Best Café category in Rossendale and Darwen in the Pub and Grub Awards. We have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the last three years running and have also been awarded the Good FoodAward in both 2017 and 2018.

Website:

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Address:

582 Burnley Road, Crawshawbooth BB4 8AJ

Opening Hours:

Monday & Wednesday – Friday: 8am – 2:30pm
Tuesday: 8am – 1:30pm
Saturady: 9am – 2:30pm
Sunday: 10am – 2pm

The Whitaker Café

The Whitaker, Whitaker Park, Haslingden RoadRawtenstall BB4 6RE

The award-winning Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery set in beautiful grounds and boasting a cosy and intimate café-restaurant & fully licensed bar in the heart of the Rossendale valley.Serving Breakfast and Lunch (Wed-Sun) from 9:30 am to 3 pm alongside a wide selection of hot & cold drinks, cakes and desserts, all made daily in-house. Whilst here visitors can enjoy our Natural & Social History collections as well our regular Modern Art exhibitions from internationally celebrated artists.

Website:

https://www.thewhitaker.org/

Address:

The Whitaker, Whitaker Park, Haslingden RoadRawtenstall BB4 6RE

Opening Hours:

Wednesday – Sunday: 9:30am – 3pm