This is the largest of the five main towns in Rossendale with a population of 23,000. Pronounced‘Rottenstall’, it dates back to the Middle Ages and boasts a plethora of independent retail shops and businesses on cobbled Bank Street and nearby Kay Street with a traditional market off Newchurch Road.A £3M development to form a new bus station possibly with a hotel is under construction. The town has a plentiful and varied selection of restaurants and cafes, takeaways, pubs and micropubs and is the terminus of the East Lancashire Railway.
A little way outside the centre there is The Whitaker, a museum and restaurant set in the picturesqueWhitaker Park, a dry ski slope Ski Rossendale, leisure complex and Golf Rossendale driving range.The Bocholt Tree is metal tree sculpture ‘planted’ on Bocholt Way which symbolises the twinning arrangements between Rossendale and the German city. It has been ‘adopted’ by an artist who regularly decorates to reflect the time of year.
The town’s library opened in 1907 and is a key landmark along with the former court buildings now a function and event venue and on the hill is the impressive Ashday Lea Masonic Hall.
In the Rawtenstall Guide
- A Right RoyalTea Party
- Blind Tiger
- Buffer Stops
- Bumba’s Grill
- Casa Tapa
- Do Dah’s
- Fresh Café Deli
- Hop Micro Pubs
- M. Harrison Butcher
- Mr. Fitzpatrick’s Temperance Bar
- North Street Restaurant
- Northern Whisper Brewing Company
- The Veg Shop
- The Whitaker Café
- Wood n Chocolates
- The Thai Shack
Also visit in Rawtenstall
- Cordey’s 40 Bank Street, Rawtenstall BB4 8DY
- Nino’s Restaurant 245-251 Bacup Road, Rawtenstall BB4 7PA
- The Fig Tree 45B Bank Street, Rawtenstall BB4 7QN
- The Whitchaff Inn 371 Bury Road, Rawtenstall BB4 6EH
Lying mid-way between the conurbations of Rawtenstall and Bacup, Waterfoot is where the water courses of Whitewell Brook and its larger neighbour the River Irwellcombine.It is home to a huge Victorian Tricketts Arcade, which sadly has never been fully restored. The town also boasts a good mix of shops, everything from crafts to a butchers, a café, pubs and a small supermarket.It has an artistic side being home to The Boo, the base of the nationally-acclaimedHorse and Bamboo Theatre Company, The New Millennium Theatre, artists studios, The Milltown Gallery and Rossendale Dance and Drama Centre.
In the Waterfoot Guide:
- Nowt Poncy Food Company
- Paula’s Café
- The Hargreaves Arms
- The Old Library
A warm valley welcome awaits you at The Sand Witch. An award-winning café/bistro, bustling with a family-friendly atmosphere.Have a Barista coffee and sumptuous cake or go for our widely renowned full English. Enjoy the varied menu in the Café or take your food away for convenience. Eat in or takeaway, we know you will be impressed. Grab the best coffee in town and one of our freshly prepared hot or cold sand witches or a piping hot homemade soup and set yourself up for the day.
93 Newchurch Road, Stacksteads OL13 0DH
Wednesday – Sunday: 8am – 3pm
Our restaurant boasts a very varied food menu and a traditional carvery serving 4 separate types of meat carved in front of you. You won’t be going home hungry. Our Carvery is one of the leading carveries in Rossendale why not decide for yourself if it’s the best. All our food is fresh local produce and cooked in-house. The Rose N Bowl is mountain biker friendly and we welcome you to come in and have warm food and a pint after your long ride, we are slightly off the Mary Towneley Loop however many people choose to visit or often finish at the Rose N Bowl. We are also on the doorstep of the all-new AdrenalinGateway Centre in Stacksteads and welcome all Gateway visitors.
264 Newchurch Road, Stacksteads OL13 0UG
Tuesday: 5:30pm – 12pm
Wednesday – Thursday: 11:30am – 3:00pm & 5:30pm – 12am
Friday – Sunday: 11:30am – 12am
We are a small, family-run business who specialise in making preserves such as chutneys, relishes, marmalades and vinegars. They contain no artificial colours preservatives or additives of any kind. They are all delicious! As well as the core range, seasonal specials are available, and many ingredients are sourced locally.Heritage Kitchen is not open to the public. We attend farmers markets across the region and orders can also be made online.
26 Burnley Road, Bacup OL13 8AB
Established for over 30 years, Mario’s is part of the Community. We have a simple philosophy: great Italian food, prepared in an authentic traditional way, coupled with a family friendly and relaxing atmosphere, the like of such you would find in Italy. Mario’s is a family run business, catering for families, couples & larger parties.
Whatever the occasion, we can provide a great night. All our food is prepared to authentic Italian recipes, using ingredients sourced locally or imported directly from Italy, offering great food at reasonable prices.
74 Market Street, Bacup OL13 0AT
Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 2pm & 5:30 pm – 11pm
Saturday: 5:30pm – 11pm
Sunday: 5pm – 10pm
The town’s name is derived from the Old English Fulbaechop meaning muddy valley by a ridge and the earliest reference to the area was in 1200.The market is in the centre of the town with shops surrounding it on all sides and supermarkets further out. It was heralded as one the of best-preserved cotton towns by English Heritage.
Many of the town centre buildings are within a Conservation Area and a five-year lottery-funded project to renew the shop fronts and public realm began in 2013.The town hosts a number of antique and collectable shops, independent retailers and businesses, several cafes, takeaways, a restaurant and pubs.The historic 140-year-old Bacup Natural History Museum boasts a collection of artefacts that capture the town’s past.
Bacup is famous for the Britannia Coconut Dancers, a Morris-type troupe known as the ‘Nutters’ – a group of men with blackened faces who perform dances.The town’s Royal Court Theatre dates back to 1893 and its stage has been graced by Dame Nellie Melba. It is now run by a not for profit organisation.High above the town, in the village of Weir, is what is reported to be England’shighest War Memorial.
In the Bacup Guide
- Mario’s Pizzaria Ristorante
- Heritage Kitchen Range Of Preserves
- Rose ‘N’ Bowl Carvery
- The Sand Witch – Café/Bistro
Also visit in Bacup
- Bally’s Bites 232 Newchurch Road, Stacksteads OL13 0UE
- Bammy’s 2 StJames’ Square, Bacup OL13 9AA
- Brian’s of Bacup 21 Union Street, Bacup OL13 0AA
- Happy Valley Takeaway 76 Burnley Road, Bacup OL13 8AE