Eagle & Child Pub with rooms in Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Unassuming roadside pub
  • Total revamp – smart and stylish
  • Sophisticated Orangery dining room
  • Fabulous views to Holcombe Moor
  • Fantastic service – Rose & Glen
  • Appealing, crowd-pleasing menu
  • Lovely, contemporary bedrooms
  • Great garden; veg & herb beds

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Eagle & Child Ramsbottom, Lancashire, BL0 0DL

The personal touch

This handsome old stone pub on the edge of leafy Ramsbottom looks modest enough from the roadside, but step inside and find a stylish space featuring a fabulous light-filled bar and Orangery with terrific long views over the rooftops to Holcombe Moor and the iconic Peel Tower. (Licensee) Glen Duckett has overseen the refurbishment and his eye for detail is flawless; the spacious bar has comfortably padded booths lit by huge glass globes and the airy dining area, with its floor to ceiling windows sports snazzy black & white harlequin floor tiles. But the look isn’t entirely modern, the stone flags and wood-burning stoves giving a nod to the pub’s age, and the cosy ‘snug’ is a good spot to bag if you fancy a game of dominoes or scrabble with your pint.  It’s worth mentioning that Glen has a background in community regeneration, and has continued his commitment to employing disadvantaged young folk – and service here is faultless.

Sticky fingers

Kids are welcome in the bar – but only until 6pm.

Muddy paws

No dogs in the pub, but they are allowed in the garden.


On a good day, head for the huge garden, where you’ll find a chicken run (your breakfast eggs couldn’t be fresher!) a safe play space for the kids and a prolific ‘Incredible Edible’ small-holding where the vegetables, leaves and herbs for your dinner are grown. Al fresco dining coming this summer – an outdoor ‘kitchen’ is under construction.

What’s on?

They host family parties – clubbing with the kids! – and wine dinners from time to time.

What’s the Damage?
5 doubles: £75 – £150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & toilets
  • Parking: small car park

Observer Food Monthly Best Sunday Lunch 2013


Eagle & Child Ramsbottom, Lancashire, BL0 0DL

Do not disturb

Five fabulous, contemporary boutique bedrooms are designed with owls in mind – so choose between Eagle, Barn, Long-eared and Little Owl; Tawny has a stunning wall, a riff on a local relief map, made by a local artist, a complete one-off. More bespoke work comes from Fran Giffard – in each room you’ll find her wonderful bird prints. Bathrooms are the last word in modern luxury, one with beautiful Moroccan tiles, another with an extraordinary back-lit panel, made exclusively, and the monsoon shower glass is etched with – you got it, an Eagle and a Child! There’s a classy espresso maker in each room, along with homemade cookies, playing cards and a jar of Bombay Mix. Barn Owl has a rustic wooden headboard, an exposed stone chimney breast and a wood-burning stove – perfect in the winter. The rooms at the rear have Juliette balconies overlooking the grassed roof of the Orangery, with those stunning views across the Rossendale Valley to the graceful hills beyond.

Creature comforts

Dominoes and playing cards in all rooms; Magimix pod espresso machine and cute Magpie cups & saucers; Homemade cookies & chocolates; Fresh fruit bowl; Complimentary cold drinks


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What’s for Breakfast?

It’s a continental breakfast served in a hamper during the week (to include homemade pastries and granola) and the ‘full Lancashire’ at the weekend

What’s the Damage?
5 doubles: £75 – £150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & toilets
  • Parking: small car park

Observer Food Monthly Best Sunday Lunch 2013

Eat & Drink

Eagle & Child Ramsbottom, Lancashire, BL0 0DL

Mastering the menu

There’s a distinctly Lancashire accent to the menu – Chef Ben Morris makes good use of local growers and suppliers, so expect the likes of braised feather blade of Albert Matthews’ beef with chasseur sauce, buttered kale and beef dripping chips, or Forest of Bowland hogget with rosemary potato gallette. Pub classics are given a twist – the humble scotch egg morphs into a Manchester Egg here, made with Bury black pudding and a pickled quails egg, not forgetting the deeply satisfying ‘Double Bomber’ pie made with Lancashire Bomb cheese and curd, and Thwaites braised onions, served with a hazelnut salad. There are unexpectedly refined plates too; venison carpaccio with pickled mouli, shrimps and mustard leaf is as pretty as a picture, and roast cod with curried chickpeas, baby spinach and a tiny, perfect mushroom bhaji is bursting with flavour. If it’s Sunday lunch you’re after, expect the likes of roast sirloin of Bowland beef, or a Morecambe Bay crab cake – both served with broad and runner beans from the raised beds. In the summer, head for the lovely walled garden with a salt beef and Lancashire cheese sarnie – not forgetting those wicked chips!

On the menu

Pressing of leeks, whipped goat’s cheese, blood orange, chives; Beetroot braised bulgar wheat, honey and dill roasted beetroot, Greek yoghurt

Aubergine, truffled celeriac and thyme lasagna, spinach veloute; Sea bream: grilled Turkish pepper paste + red wine braised potatoes, courgette, sumac

Ginger cake, pistachio ice cream, pecan brittle

Sunday Roasts

Sirloin of Bowland beef, Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables, pan thickened juices; Loin of Gloucester old spot pork, smoked pork belly, garden greens, red wine sauce; Morecambe Bay crab cake, pod vegetables, tomatoes

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm (12 noon – 8pm Sunday)
Dinner: 5pm – 9pm (10pm Friday & Saturday)

Behind the bar

Being in the Thwaites stable, you’ll find Odds On, Wainwright and Top Bunk, a bespoke brew, and from further afield, seasonal specials such as Brakspear Oxford Gold from Henley on Thames. The short but interesting wine offer encompasses Spain, France, Italy and Argentina with several by the glass. If you’re in the cocktail zone, head for a rhubarb & rosehip mojito, a ginger Gerry, or ‘More G&T vicar?’ For the designated driver, Fitzpatricks Temperance Cordials are locally produced in Haslingden, and the mineral water is UK based Belu, a social enterprise that supports water projects in developing countries.

Bar snacks

Quails egg scotch egg, mushroom bhaji, haddock goujons, snag banger chipolatas, pork & pear sausage roll, breaded halloumi

Time at the bar

12 noon – 11pm (7pm Sunday)

Local, local, local

Albert Matthews butcher

Wellgate fish

Hills Fine Foods

R Noone and Sons fruit & veg

Daniel Thwaites beer

Mr Fitzpatricks temperance cordials, Haslingden

Park Farm milk

Home grown produce

Vineyard Wine Merchant, Ramsbottom

What’s the Damage?
5 doubles: £75 – £150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & toilets
  • Parking: small car park

Observer Food Monthly Best Sunday Lunch 2013

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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Cheesie Tchaikovsky, Castle Street, Clitheroe BB7 2BX

It’s impossible to leave this wonderful shop without an armful of goodies! Owner Jan Curtis is something of an expert and there’s nothing she likes more than to be quizzed on the diverse range of UK and continental artisan-made cheeses in her shop, including great cheese from Rungis market in Paris. Jan is careful to include the best local and British cheeses too, including Shorrock’s Black Beauty, Greenfield’s Tasty, Blackstick’s Blue and Silk, Mrs Kirkham’s and the beautiful new soft cheese from the Pextenement Cheese Company in Todmorden.


The Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe BB7 9DF

Steven Smith continues his inevitable journey to stardom in this comfortable, stylish, smart country inn in pretty Wiswell. Expect accessible fine dining and a menu that exemplifies the local/seasonal mantra from a kitchen posse who really seem to care; the Herdwick lamb, roast rack and belly, black olive, roast Cevennes onion and Haggis Shepherd's pie nails it. You'll have a truly memorable meal.


Roaming Roosters Bistro, Higham BB12 9ER

Take a seat at the Olde Spot Bistro in this fab farm shop and enjoy dishes made from the free range and organic produce you've just been browsing- the likes of gammon and eggs, Blue Rooster chicken escalopes or a grass-fed beef steak and chips.


Food by Breda Murphy, 41 Station Rd, Whalley BB7 9RH

One of Ballymaloe's star pupils (she subsequently became a tutor) Breda Murphy has shifted her skills to an incongruous semi by the railway station - but don't be put off. Her style is fresh and innovative, and her presentation is pretty as a picture - expect the likes of pan seared sea bass fillet with kimchi but save room for warm Guinness parkin, iced cream cheese and date caramel. Outstanding.


Roaming Roosters Farm Shop, Higham BB12 9ER

Award-winning farm shop and great cafe - you'll find free range meats of all descriptions plus local honey, biscuits, preserves and cakes. It's all good stuff, and they have an emphasis on sustainable, traditional and heritage.


White Swan, 300 Wheatley Lane Road, Fence BB12 9QA

It's a Timothy Taylor pub, but don't expect sticky carpets and a dart board - an adventurous young chef, Tom Parker (ex-Northcote, a pupil of Lisa Allen) is wowing the food world with his simple but startling dishes - his shepherd's pie is nothing like you'd expect, and the rice pudding has never been less school-dinners. It's a friendly, relaxed vibe and you can of course have a pint - but try the home-made gin, it's a belter!


Levanter 10 Square Street, Ramsbottom, BL0 9BE

Raved fulsomely about by no other than the Observer’s Jay Rayner, this modern tapas restaurant doesn’t take bookings – you just turn up and bag a place. In a previous life owners Joe and Fiona were street food maestros, dishing out huge pans of paella, and they show a total dedication to all things Spanish. Expect the likes of tortilla, padron peppers and plates of the best hams and chorizos, hake on sundried tomato and olive puree and fresh figs roasted with garlic and hazelnut butter. An absolute gem.


Baratxuri 1 Smithy Street, Ramsbottom BL0 9AT

Levanter’s little sister, this Basque-style bar serves up pintxo – literally ‘thorn’ or ‘spike’ – which your tapas comes on. It’s a very relaxed, sat-back place, great for a drink and a couple of plates of fabulous food.


Nutters Restaurant Edenfield Road, Rochdale OL12 7TT

TV chef Andrew Nutter has been feeding folk for two decades in his splendidly Gothic manor house on the outskirts of Manchester and has picked up a slew of awards. He uses only the best ingredients the region can offer to produce the likes of Goosnargh duck leg confit with gingered pasty, piccalilli and snow pea salad, and Harefield rack of lamb with garlic and rosemary potato gratin. Take a stroll in the 6 acres of immaculate parkland before settling down for a memorable dinner!


The House of Beer 8 Silver Street, Ramsbottom BL0 9BJ

Find a terrific range of beers – around 400 - from all over the world (‘from local to global’) in this tardis-like shop just off the high street. Local breweries are well represented but you’ll also find a rotating stock of UK beers from Cornwall to the Orkneys, and from further afield, Europe and the US. There’s a good selection of ciders, and gluten-free, organic, vegan and Fair Trade beers too.


Grind & Tamp 45 Bridge Street, Ramsbottom, BL0 9AD

This great little cafe serves up a very good range of coffee – the beans are from micro-roasters, pioneering high grade Arabica from sustainable and ethical sources, supporting both direct & Fair Trade; a must for you caffeine fiends.


Cake Craft of Ramsbottom 34 - 36 Bolton Street, Ramsbottom BL0 9HX

A little bit niche this one, but if decorative cake making is your thing, head for this amazing shop to score everything you need for your craft: coloured sugar paste, edible glitter and a dazzling range of cupcake decorations – and check out the beads, ribbons and candles. Ten minutes in this place makes the least able baker want to take it up!


Bury Market 1 Murray Road, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 0BJ

This extraordinary market has been around since the 1500s and is widely believed to be one of the best in the country. Covering an area of 200,000 sq ft, you’ll find a bewildering array of produce from tripe to tomatoes; there aren’t too many places where you can buy ducks’ eggs, Goosnargh chicken, Morecambe Bay shrimps, Bury black pudding, and Cheshire gooseberries in a few yards of each other. Let the train take the strain, and catch the East Lancs steam train from Ramsbottom to Bury, it’s a proper treat. Just don’t forget to take a big cool box for your purchases.


Real Ale Trail Guided Tours

Jump on the steam train in Ramsbottom and take a Blue Badge guided tour through some stunning scenery along the Irwell Valley and listen to tales of illegal brewing, rebellious landlords who come back from the grave and an extraordinary mill empire, all whilst sampling local ales at some of the best pubs and bars in the area. Forget booze cruises, this is the real deal. Tours run throughout the year and last all day: check out the dates for 2017 on the website


Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival

Now in its 9th year, this popular, award-winning festival is the last word in family fun, though there’s lots to occupy serious chocoholics too, so if you’ve every harboured dreams of becoming an artisan chocolatier, save the date! (Festival runs yearly, in April)


Park Farm Shop & Tearoom Walmersley, Bury, Manchester BL9 5NP

This is a great day out! A working dairy since the 1950’s, family-run Park Farm now embraces a garden centre, licenced tea room, a gift shop and florist and of course their own dairy products in the farm shop. Treat yourself to an afternoon tea – it’s all bone china and crisp linen tablecloths - and the range of sweet and savoury pies is mind-boggling. The Lees family is rightly famous for their award-winning Whinberry pie – prepare to watch your tongue turn purple!

Out & About

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Gliding PR3 2WN

For a taste of real Pennine adventure, try soaring on the thermals high above the stunning landscape of the Forest of Bowland. This exhilarating activity captures the region's varied scenery at its best.


Fishing BB7 3AT

The Forest of Bowland boasts four of the most scenic and picturesque rivers – the Ribble, Hodder, Wyre and Lune – which mainly offer game fish, including salmon, brown trout and sea trout. The upper Hodder has a growing reputation for grayling fishing. For a directory of other places to fish in the region, visit: www.environment-agency.gov.uk


East Lancashire Railway, Bury BL9 0EY

Linking Heywood and Rawtenstall, the East Lancashire Railway runs for 12 miles and carries passengers by steam or diesel. There is a good choice of handy station stops along the way. This is just the place to wallow in railway nostalgia.


Margaret Haes Riding Centre, Moor Road, Holcombe, Bury BL8 4NX

Founded by Margaret Haes in 1967, the Riding Centre is an independent charitable organisations with horses specially selected for temperament and size. There’s the use of an outdoor arena and the chance to roam the West Pennine moors on horseback – an exhilarating experience.



The Emporium, Clitheroe BB7 1BE

Expect a few surprises at this former Methodist chapel site, which has been lovingly and painstakingly converted to provide three huge levels for eating, drinking and shopping, or more specifically a coffee shop, wine bar and brasserie, and interior design superstore.


Simpsons, Greenfield Road, Colne BB8 9PF

Bespoke furniture is Simpson's speciality. Founded in 1977, the company employs a large team, including skilled craftsmen, all of whom are based in a striking 18th-century mill.


Dawsons Department Store, King Street, Clitheroe BD7 2EU

A family-owned business at the heart of the Ribble Valley, Dawsons is the leading independent house-ware store in the area. Departments include a cookshop, and there's Moorcroft, Bedeck and Sheridan bed linen and Hartman garden furniture.


Stydd Gardens, Stoneygate Lane, Ribchester PR3 3YN

Stydd Gardens is one of the region’s quirkiest shopping venues – hugely captivating, entertaining, vintage shabby and chic – with a garden nursery with the accent on old-fashioned roses and plants grown on site, and a bespoke wine company among the attractions.

Places to visit


Bronte Parsonage, Haworth BD22 8DR

The former home of the Bronte« sisters opened as a museum in 1928. This is where Bronte« fans get a feel for the daily lives of these extraordinary sisters and how they applied themselves as writers. If you feel like a walk while you're there, trek across the Pennines to Top Withins, thought to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.


Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford BB9 6JQ

The museum explains in great detail the history and origins of local people and where they settled. The museum, tearooms and shops are housed in attractively restored farm buildings overlooking Pendle Water.


Browsholme Hall, Cow Ark, Clitheroe BB7 3DE

Pronounced 'Brusome', the hall is the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire, the ancestral home of the Parker family, who have lived there since it was built in 1507. Together with the gardens it is open to visitors from May to September. Chinese porcelain and antique oak furniture are among many fine items on display.


Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Burnley BB12 8UA

Sir Charles Barry, who designed the Palace of Westminster, was responsible for the striking interiors of this imposing house outside Burnley. Gawthorpe Hall was once home to the Kay-Shuttleworth family, influential figures in the local textile industry. There are paintings here on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.


Stydd Gardens, Stoneygate Lane, Ribchester PR3 3YN

Stydd Gardens is one of the region's quirkiest shopping venues - hugely captivating, entertaining, vintage shabby and chic - with a garden nursery with the accent on old-fashioned roses and plants grown on site, and a bespoke wine company among the attractions.


Yorkshire Dales Lead Mining Museum, Earby, Barnoldswick BB18 6QF

This visitor attraction offers the chance to view a unique collection of tools, photographs and memorabilia reflecting the mining, dressing and smelting of lead ore. Other items include, of all things, a steel hook and socket worn by a miner who had lost his hand.


East Riddleston Hall Riddlesden, Keighley BD20 5EL

This fascinating building, once the home of a cloth merchant, offers many artefacts and items of oak furniture dating from the 17th century. There are also exquisite embroideries and award-winning gardens.


Ramsbottom Library & Heritage Gallery BL0 9AE

With the emphasis on local history and heritage, this is a fascinating venue to visit. The Heritage Gallery provides the opportunity for locals and visitors alike to access the area’s heritage through exhibitions and archive information.


Moses Gate Country Park , Hall Lane, Bolton BL4 7QS

Moses Gate consists of 750 acres of amenity land in the Croal and Irwell Valleys, three miles from Bolton. Make time to call into the site’s visitor centre at Rock Hall, the headquarters of the park’s rangers.


Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe BB7 9PZ

This magnificent building, acknowledged as one of the largest in the North of England, is a Catholic co-educational boarding and day school. Tours take place and it was here, on regular visits, the writer JRR Tolkien is thought to have sought and found inspiration for the many settings in his classic literary creation, The Lord of the Rings.


The rugged grandeur of the nearby Forest of Bowland is a spectacular part of Britain’s Pennine landscape. The forest is characterised by steep-sided valleys and tracts of heather-covered grouse moor. In addition to gentler routes and family rambles, there are several long-distance trails to enjoy – including the Ribble Way and the Pendle Way. For something a little different, try the 9km-Tolkien Trail at Hurst Green, north of Blackburn.


Much of this corner of the North West of England is blessed with good cycling potential but one of the best areas is the Forest of Bowland. This is Lancashire’s largest forest and within it you’ll find several graded colour-coded mountain bike trails. The more challenging trails include an 8km blue route and a 20km red route.


The region is blessed with a great many festivals and events. There are art events, photography, theatre and creative writing, wildlife meadow walks and family farm visits.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: 5 minutes from M66; take Junction 1 for Ramsbottom then follow main road towards Edenfield; pub on left in 1 mile as you enter Shuttleworth village.

By Train: Pub is just up the hill from the East Lancs Railway Station in Ramsbottom, so you can travel in style on a steam train from Bury or Rawtenstall.


3 Whalley Road, Ramsbottom, Lancashire, BL0 0DL

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