On a Sunday, The Shoulder is packed with walkers, kids and dogs. There is no play area here but a walk up Holcombe Hill is on offer instead, so once you have worn out your little ones bring them in all red-cheeked and settle down for a pint and some hot chocolate.
We booked ahead when we went to eat and were given a cosy table by the fire. Due to how busy it was, my friend left her pram outside and brought in a car seat instead for her six-month-old. The seasonal menu offered tasty wholesome dishes with special touches, such as corned beef hash with a quail egg, Blacksticks twice-baked soufflé and orange-scented rice pudding as well as the usual sandwiches. On the children’s menu were the ubiquitous fish and chips, burger and bangers and mash, all well received by our mob.
The Shoulder of Mutton, Holcombe Village, Ramsbottom, Bury BL8 4LZ
Tel: 01706 822001 theshoulderofmutton.net