A warm welcome – North West

This truly is a pub designed with canal users in mind. An inn opened on this site in 1803, one year before the Rochdale Canal officially opened, and today The Rose of Lancaster promises patrons a perfect blend of traditional and modern.

 

 

Split into two distinct parts, the pub houses an old-style tap room with TV and darts and a contrasting, modern lounge and restaurant with panoramic views across the canal and the Irk Valley beyond. Built right on the towpath, a stones throw from the visitorsmoorings, The Rose of Lancaster is perfectly placed to cater for walkers, cyclists and boaters passing by or overnighting.

“Were in the right spot,” said Manager Antony Walton. “There are few places is the area with such a large beer garden as ours, so were always packed out during the summer. But in colder months like the ones weve got coming up, our roaring log fire helps keep customers warm and cosy. And, of course, so do the drinks.”

A mere mile or so away from the areas award-winning family brewers, its no surprise The Rose of Lancaster stocks a comprehensive range of JW Leess beers. Its own-brand Original Lager sells well in summer, while more traditional drinkers lap up the Lees Bitter, a beer thats been made on the Middleton Junction site in north Manchester since 1828. Light, bitter and citrusy, its a refreshing and moreish drop thats sure to refresh after a long country walk.

And there are plenty to choose from in this area. From a gentle stroll along the towpath around the meander of the Rochdale Canal – built deliberately to circle the deeper troughs of the valley it had to cross – and over the Irk Aqueduct to a longer trek to the Tandle Hills Country Park, theres something for everyone. And a warm welcome with well-deserved refreshments awaits amblers and more ambitious wanderers alike.

Thats not all. The Rose of Lancaster hosts regular functions, including tribute acts such as Frankie Valli and Freddie Mercury and even a charity Snail Racing evening. In fact, in 2016 it was named one of the top five Prostate Cancer fundraising pubs in the country.

The Rose of Lancaster, Chadderton (Rochdale Canal) 0161 624 3031