I’ve had little time for blogging these past few days, although there’s one or two in draft form. I’m hoping to publish them tomorrow. Today’s taken up with social activities as Dawn and I are being taken out for a meal by friends as a wedding present. We’re heading across the border into Lancashire to Nutters restaurant. I’ll post some pictures and let you know what the food was like later.

This evening we’re off to another friends 21st in nearby Siddal, so I’m expecting it’s going to be a fairly late night!


– and so it was! The pair of us are having a lazy (ish) day today after yesterdays entertainments. Our mean with friends was a very convivial occasion in great surroundings. Nutters restaurant is located in a former sanatorium high up the hills overlooking Rochdale. It’s a lovely building with high ceilings, ornate windows and lots of character.


The bar area by reception is a mix of period and modern.


Looking into the restaurant area from reception.

Our group shared a selection of starters off different menu’s – including the fixed business lunch menu. Dawn really enjoyed her scallops whilst I tried the Lancashire potato cake which (whilst beautifully presented) was a tad disappointing.


The scallops were delicious!



The Lancashire potato cake. Great presentation but the sauce was rather bland, the tasty cauliflower made up for it.

Several of us had the Bass with a chili and ginger risotto as a main course. The fish was lovely but none of us could detect either the chilli or ginger in the risotto.



To finish off I sampled the sticky toffee pudding. As with all of the meals it was very well presented, it also tasted delicious!




Our group outside Nutters. See what I mean about the building? You can read about its history on Nutters website. 

After the meal Tony Allan (of Phoenix brewery fame) drove us back to Yorkshire via Littleborough, where we stopped off for a swift half at a wonderfully eccentric pub he knew called the Red Lion. This multi-roomed pub is stuffed full of knick-knacks, from a multitude of mirrors to pianos via horse brasses and historic photographs. Oh – and cobwebs…



The bar in our room was just as entertaining, whilst we perused the pumps, deciding what to have, the barmaid said ‘Oh, ignore them, they’ve not been on for years, we keep them to stop the bar looking empty”…