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First Chop, Ramsbottom - pub details

Address: 43 Bolton Street, Ramsbottom, Lancashire, BL0 9HU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 38878) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bromley Cross (4.8 miles), Entwistle (5.1 miles)

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I note from the recent publication of the 2015 pub guide that the above premise is still listed? Under the terms of the Camra real ale guide this property should have been removed?

This premise closed on the 20th July (business declared bankrupt) No notification to the regulars or staff, the latter of whom all lost their jobs and many left unpaid. A few days later a noticed appeared in the window "closed for refurbishment"?

The premise has now re-opened (Sept 2nd) as the "Ramsbottom Tap" under new management although still owned by the same person.

Having been a patron since it opened I find the whole closure & re-opening process disgraceful. It is fairly obviously that this was a deliberate and devious act on part of the owner to write off creditors, staff & debt's and start again under a different name.

Having re-visited the bar (on opening night) I can confirm the following:

No major changes to the premises what so ever, the toilets are the same (hand driers still don't work) The decor likewise. The coffee machine behind the bar has been removed and several pressure taps installed to replace it (5 real ales still remain on tap on the bar) The downstairs bar has been removed to accommodate more seating. The food menu has been removed completely (no food is served) A large hype in the beer prices!

Personally it's a poor and minimal re-refurbishment which in my mind just highlights the owners business philosophy.

I for one will be boycotting this bar, the owners has no scruples or morals and his actions are deplorable.
lwalker101 - 14 Sep 2015 06:06
Nice enough small shop conversion that does decent ale. You need to be in there handy to get one of the few seats though.
anonymous - 18 Aug 2013 18:00
*Converted shop*
realalerules1983 - 12 Jul 2012 20:03
After nearly snapping my calf muscle climbing up the exceedingly steep street from the brewery; I just wished that I had started here first!

As I was conscious of the last bus I unfortunately only had time for a swift half (Thornbridge). The quality was excellent. I did however notice that is was quite expensiove even for a half!

This is the first time I have ever drank in Ramsbottom but will definitely call back again in the not too distant future for sure. It seems there is a nice circuit of real ale pubs including the before mention brewery.

As regards the pub itself, it is a small converted pub. The phrase that sums this is "Quirky and cosy". Friendly banter with the locals further added to the overall appeal to the place.

Well worth a visit.
realalerules1983 - 12 Jul 2012 20:00
Small but decent place with a good choice of nwell kept cask ales. Not tried the food. Worth a visit in Ramsbottom!
alexw - 12 Dec 2011 10:10

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