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.
The History Of Britain’s Last Temperance Bar
Before I tell you about Rawtenstall’s Temperance Bar, let’s go right back to the beginning. Mr Fitzpatrick’s originated in Dublin in 1836 when Julie Fitzpatrick began creating delicious tonics from her kitchen.
In 1899, the Fitzpatrick family moved from Dublin to the North of England and opened a chain of Temperance bars with their selection of truly unique recipes. At the peak of the Temperance movement, the Fitzpatrick’s had 40 bars in the North West! People couldn’t get enough of these tasty cordials.
However, the 1900s witnessed an influx of sugary drinks imported to the UK. And they were here to stay. Unfortunately, this had a detrimental effect on Temperance bars around the country until eventually, all but one remained standing. Quite the story eh?
When you think about it, we’re pretty damn lucky to have the country’s last remaining Temperance bar right on our doorstep!
Mr Fitzpatrick’s Temperance Bar Today
Mr Fitzpatrick’s is located on Bank Street in Rawtenstall, where it has been serving delicious drinks to the lovely folk of Lancashire since 1899. Since 2016, the Temperance bar has been owned by Rossendale-born Ashley Morley-Doidge.
Ashley’s father and auntie have produced the cordials to the original recipes for many years, which is one of the many reasons why Ashley was passionate to keep the Temperance bar going.
Ashley said she “felt a strong connection to keeping a piece of Rossendale’s Heritage Alive and loves the fact that the business has fallen back into a family line”. Ashley wanted to create an experience that anyone of any age can enjoy.
The Fitzpatrick factory has continued to create brand new recipes to add to the vintage cordial collection.
The Mr Fitzpatrick’s range includes naturally delicious root cordials such as Sarsaparilla, Dandelion & Burdock, Blackcurrant & Liquorice, Lemon & Ginger, Cream Soda and Root Beer. All of which contain botanical extracts and aromatic spices.
There’s also a range of natural fruit cordials, including Blood Tonic, Rhubarb and Rosehip, Plum, Pear & Mixed Spices and Lime & Lemongrass.
As well as the Temperance Bar, Mr Fitzpatrick’s Vintage Cordials are stocked in a number of food and drink establishments in Rossendale.
The Future Of Mr Fitzpatrick’s – Britain’s Last Temperance Bar
Ashley and the team at Mr Fitzpatrick’s have taken the Temperance bar from strength to strength in the last three years. The Temperance bar now offers a wide selection of mouth-watering drinks based on their delicious cordials, such as Iced Floats and Milkshakes.
Not only that, Mr Fitzpatrick’s Temperance bar now has a food menu bursting with sweet treats including pancakes, waffles, brownies and ice creams. The Temperance bar is the perfect place for treating the family, and Rossendale’s little uns’ can’t get enough of Mr Fitzpatrick’s.
A Historic Gem In Rossendale
It goes without saying, Mr Fitzpatrick’s Temperance Bar is a historic gem nestled within Rawtenstall’s ever-changing landscape and is a huge part of Rossendale’s Heritage.
Ashley and her team are proud of the Temperance bars Rossendale roots and try to support the area when they can. For example, the team recently went all ‘flower power’ to support Rawtenstall’s 60’s Weekend.
For opening times, news and new additions to the menu, head over the Mr Fitzpatrick’s – Britain’s Last Temperance Bar Facebook page.
Rossendale Food And Drink Guide
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