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 stone’s throw from the visitors’ moorings, The Rose of Lancaster is perfectly placed to cater for walkers, cyclists and boaters passing by or overnighting.
“We’re in the right spot,” said Manager Antony Walton. “There are few places is the area with such a large beer garden as ours, so we’re always packed out during the summer. But in colder months like the ones we’ve 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 area’s award-winning family brewers, it’s no surprise The Rose of Lancaster stocks a comprehensive range of JW Lees’s beers. It’s own-brand Original Lager sells well in summer, while more traditional drinkers lap up the Lees Bitter, a beer that’s been made on the Middleton Junction site in north Manchester since 1828. Light, bitter and citrusy, it’s a refreshing and moreish drop that’s 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, there’s something for everyone. And a warm welcome with well-deserved refreshments awaits amblers and more ambitious wanderers alike.
That’s 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