Rochdale Town Centre is one of those resurgent towns whose food and drink scene keeps getting better.   

Rochdale town centres food and drink offers are currently going through a renaissance, bringing a much-needed change to this town centre, which is steeped in medieval history and architecture.

As part of this ongoing renaissance, The new ALIVE AFTER FIVE campaign launched by Town Centre Management is geared to promote the centre’s food and drink offer.


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Paul Ambrose, Rochdale Town Centre Manager, says. “Whether you are looking to have after works drinks with colleagues, a meal with the family or an evening out with friends there is the perfect venue for you.

We now have a have a wide variety of restaurants, pubs and bars, and if cask ales are your thing, you will be well catered for with over sixty on tap which can be located in The Baum, The Flying Horse Hotel, The Wellington, The Medicine Tap and The Regal Moon.

Rochdale now offers superb choice, guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling and your mouth watering and even your body is moving to the beat of live music entertainment.

Also, a recent search on TripAdvisor will confirm that Rochdale is experiencing a newfound revival.

You’ll find an array of restaurants, coffee shops, tea rooms and pubs to suit every occasion, mood and budget and all set in the fantastic historical town centre.

Whether you’re looking for a place to have lunch with the whole family, a cosy, quiet dinner, a chance to sample guest ales, most exquisite wines, cocktails, spirits or listen to some of the best live bands in Rochdale, you really will be spoilt for choice.

Here’s a list of some of the exceptional venues you’ll find in Rochdale Town centre.

The Baum

Situated next door to the Co-Op Museum on Toad Lane, The Baum opened its doors in the early 1980s and has remained a firm favourite featuring the towns best beer garden.

The Baum serve a quality bar menu 7 days a week and commit to using locally sourced or British products where possible. The pub makes a selection of sandwiches and wraps, serving up beef, gammon, sausages, rag pudding, speciality salads and daily specials.

Featured in The Good Beer Guide since 2007 and winning Greater Manchester’s Regional CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2012.

Supporting Micro breweries near and far, The Baum has seven ever-changing cask hand pumps, one guest cider & over 30 continental bottled and draught beers.

33-37 Toad Lane Off Hunter’s Lane Rochdale OL12 0NU  Tel: 01706 352 186

The Flying Horse Hotel

The Flying Horse Hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Rochdale town centre, parallel to the historic Town Hall.

The Flying Horse is a modern yet traditional hotel with a lively popular public house and a private function room for up to 200 people.

Open daily; the kitchen serves traditional homemade meals all produced using the finest locally sourced ingredients along with an additional daily specials board and hosts a staggering range of traditional real cask ales and ciders, lagers and bottled ciders.

Proud to be part of CAMRA’s Locale scheme.

The Flying Horse is widely regarded as Rochdale’s premier live music venue offering four nights of live entertainment provided by the finest local and national live acts.

37 Packer Street Town Hall Square, Rochdale OL16 1NJ.

Vicolo del Vino

One of Rochdale’s hidden gems.

Vicolo del Vino is an Italian themed cellar bar located right in the heart of Rochdale town centre, hidden away down the cobbled avenue, on the up and coming “The Butts”, serving a variety of Gins, cocktails and some of the finest wines around in a warm and cosy relaxed atmosphere.

The Butts, Rochdale OL16, England. +44 7870 155951

La Mancha


La Mancha Tapas bar was established in 1998, taking the humble tapa also known as an appetiser to a different level by producing authentic Spanish cuisine in racione portions for the concept of sharing.

Created in the heart of Rochdale, in a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere – ideal for either a snack and a glass of excellent Spanish Vino or a party night out.

Our friendly staff look forward to welcoming you.

La Mancha, 5 The Butts Avenue, Rochdale, OL16 1ES. Tel: 01706 713 400

The Wellington

A traditional pub with a glamorous twist

The Grade II listed building which dates back to 1750 now boasts a stunning restaurant and bar, in 2017 this pub was transformed from a derelict building to a venue packed with beautiful and unusual features from the 1920s and Victorian period.

The Wellington serves a Mediterranean menu seven days a week, all cooked from fresh.

On entering The Wellington, you are instantly struck by the beautiful appearance of this bar-restaurant. Serving a selection of great Beers, real Ales, quirky collection of Gins and mixer tonics and also offers free live music events at the weekends.

The Wellington succeeds in delivering Rochdale a more upmarket venue.

Drake Street, Rochdale OL16 1RE. Tel: 07396 014786

The Medicine Tap

Providing first class delivery at the old post office as restaurant and bar!

The Old Post Office which was built in 1923 by the post service’s primary architect, Sir Charles Wilkinson, features a beautiful Baroque-style façade sits opposite the impressive town hall and has been tastefully renovated.

From coffees to breakfast bites, from afternoon tea to evening dining, and from the beer hall to the cocktail bar, it is building a reputation for heart-warming food and drink. With quality-sourced continental food, finely crafted ales and an extensive menu to suit all palates and preferences, we endeavour to create that perfect ‘going out’ experience that will keep you coming back time after time

2 The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ, Tel: 01706 869828

Cocka Doodle Moo

May the moo be with you!!

Serving up American style burgers, chicken and ribs this establishment is a firm favourite of with a wide variety of meat shack food on the menu which is an innovative dining experience.

With quirky takes on burgers and grilled food, you won’t leave disappointed.

Their two-course Early Bird Menu is available from 4-6pm on Thursdays and Fridays and features favourite Moo meals with a wide range of starters and mains for selection.

3-5 Yorkshire Street, Rochdale, Greater Manchester. OL16 1BH  Tel: 01706 668642