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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.
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!
12 Deardengate, Haslingden BB4 5QJ
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm
The Spice Room continues to gain acclaim as one of the finest local Indian takeaway restaurants. Featuring an extensive menu of Indian Sub-Continental cuisine, our restaurant is a family-run establishment catering to those who enjoy dishes which are genuine in origin and use of traditional Indian ingredients. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, and dishes such as our Lamb Kuvani, Murghi Spice Special or our excellent Tandoori dishes have helped us attain a loyal following both locally and, in recent times, further afield.
600 Blackburn Road, Rising Bridge BB5 2SB
Monday – Friday: 4:30pm – 10.30pm
Saturday: 3pm – 11:30pm
Sunday: 1pm – 10pm
Room D is an exciting boutique bar where people can relax and experience a wide range of premium beers, lagers, fine wines and spirits, cocktails and a varied all day food menu that includes daily specials. Takeaway service available.There is a quality first class entertainment program throughout the weekend that includes DJs, Artistes, Duos and Bands. There is also an open mic night on a Monday, that is not to be missed.
Room D5 Deardengate, Haslingden BB4 8QN
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am – 1am
Sunday: 10am – 11pm
At Kismat Takeaway we place great importance on the use of fresh local ingredients and the finest herbs and spices from around the world. We have fully qualified chefs who take the greatest care in blending each combination of ingredients to create your final dish. Our emphasis on quality, customer service and high standards sets us apart from our competitors.Being a small family business, we take huge pride in community cohesion and are proud sponsors of Haslingden Cricket Club & St Marys FC, and supporting our local schools and clubs throughout Rossendale.
22 Blackburn Road, Haslingden BB4 5QQ
Sunday – Thursday: 4pm – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 11pm
In the late 1800s, Cissy was born to a family baker. As a child, she made pies and developed a passion for baking. Today we use the same recipe.
A Cissy Greens pie is not just a meat pie but true taste of history. Cissy Greens pies are handmade daily the same way they were made 200years ago. We use only the freshest locally sourced ingredients and our pies are made with whole cuts of high-quality meats.
Our range of handmade pies and cakes can be purchased from our shop, from many food outlets in Lancashire and are available wholesale to distributors, chippies, delis, restaurants and other bakeries.
30 Deardengate, Haslingden, BB4 5QJ
Mon – Sat: 8.30am – 4.00pm
We are one of the few remaining traditional fish and chip restaurants. We serve only the finest, sourced fish, caught in the North Atlantic.
From traditional Cods to delicious Haddocks – you will be treated to the best available.Sourcing the finest quality seafood ensures that we are frying only the best fish produce on the market for our customers.
Toffalis provides the ideal combination of stunning location and great food.
544 Burnley Road, Crawshawbooth BB4 8NE
Monday: 4pm – 6:30pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30am – 6:30pm
Friday: 11:30am – 7pm
Saturday: 11:30am – 6pm
We are a long established Indian Restaurant in the village of Crawshawbooth.
We serve a delicious range of quality Indian cuisine in modern surroundings and we also offer a takeaway service at discounted prices!Give us a ring to book a table or order a meal on 01706 227777 / 229977.
612 Burnley Road, Crawshawbooth BB4 8AJ
7 Days Per Week: 5pm – 11pm