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
Our restaurant is located just 5 minutes either way from both Rossendale and Rochdale, nestled close to the Healey Dell nature reserve.
We are a specialist grill and steakhouse that caters for couples, families, group bookings and private parties.
Enjoy our delicious locally sourced meat from own butcher based in Whitworth.
142 Market Street, Whitworth OL12 8SZ
Wednesday – Thursday: 5pm – 9:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 10pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8:30pm
We provide a personalised service with high-quality catering for all occasions and budgets, catering for group sizes from ten to five-hundred people, all freshly prepared on our own premises! Our corporate catering clients are as diverse as local authorities, industrialists, high street banks and sports clubs. At Lords we can offer you waiter service by uniformed staff, Collection or Delivery – just ask and we can provide what you need. We have new purpose-built kitchens to prepare your food in a clean modern environment.
Unit 2, Spring Bank Mill Street, Whitworth OL12 8QP
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The Berni Inn is an ideal function room and venue and can accommodate up to 150 people over 2 floors. We can decorate the room to your requirements, from balloons to bouquets or you can come in and put your personal touch to our venue – making sure your party or event has precisely the look and feel you require. Most types of event or party can be held here. Perfect for business, flexible and friendly with a range of speciality buffets, including our famous ‘Around The World’ buffet.
Millfold, Facit, Whitworth OL12 8DN
7 days a week by prior agreement
Steve and Jane Butterworth have over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and realised there was an opportunity to open a quality steakhouse within the Whitworth area.
Our food is naturally full of flavour, full of goodness, and from people, we know and like.
We often cook with seasonal ingredients, olive oil and fresh herbs Where possible all our products are sourced locally so that we can provide an excellent dining experience. We visit our suppliers regularly.
264 Market Street, Whitworth OL12 8PW
Wednesday – Saturday: 5pm – 10pm
Sunday: 12:30pm – 10pm
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Whitworth stretches three-a-half miles along the valley bottom from Shawforth to Healey corner and it is home to some 7,500 residents.
Along the main road, there is a stream of shops, everything from butchers to a petfood business; hardware to groceries; several pubs; cafes and takeaways.
It is the only area in Rossendale to have a town council, paid for by an additional precept on the council tax.
Cowm Leisure offers outdoor sports including waterskiing. In the former quarry on the hill, there is motocross and the town’s sports and leisure complex is run by Community Leisure Association of Whitworth.
As you head towards Rochdale stop off and admire the picturesque Healey DellNature Reserve.
In the Whitworth Guide:
- Basil’s Restaurant
- Berni Inn
- Lords The Caterers
- Promenade Bar Grill
Also visit in Whitworth
- Cock & Magpie Tong End, Whitworth OL12 8BJ
- Thai Cuisine @ The Birches 145 Market Street, Whitworth OL12 8RU
- The Red Lion Market Square, Whitworth OL12 8PY
- Whitworth Deli 339 Market Street, Whitworth OL12 8QJ
There is a food and drink revolution taking place in Rossendale. As more visitors come to the Valley, new food and drink businesses have sprung into life to meet their needs. Over the last 5 years or so, the number of food and drink businesses in Rossendale has more than doubled.
Valley at Work, Rossendale’s business association, believes that the time is right to celebrate the quality and diversity of our food business community. The result is this food and drink guide.