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Manchester Local Hidden Gem – The Fisherman’s Retreat

by S. H.
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My latest find with amazing traditional British cuisine in Ramsbottom, Manchester

I’ve been on a local pubs/restaurants hunt around Manchester and is my latest hidden gem discovery. It’s located in Ramsbottom and there are some reservoirs and farms near by which are perfect for a mini day trip to have a wander.

The trickiest part of getting to this place is that you have to drive through quite a narrow single lane which I was super nervous about as I was worried I went down the wrong route. However the food was totally worth it, and I wish I lived closer. There is plenty of parking space in front of the restaurant so don’t worry about the parking.

Manchester Local Hidden Gem - The Fisherman's Retreat
Manchester Local Hidden Gem - The Fisherman's Retreat

There’s a huge window so you can take in the amazing view while you enjoy your meal. I highly recommend that you visit earlier so you can make sure to get a window seat.

They have a wide range of menu items; from breakfast, afternoon tea to dinner. They even offer a whole pig roast but you need to book it in advance.

For starters, I went for Mushrooms (£7.5) and Moroccan Beef Koftas (£7.5). I absolutely love the Mushrooms because of the Port & Blue Stilton cheese sauce. As for the Moroccan Beef, it has a little kick which goes really well with the mint yogurt.

Just a little side note that their starters are quite filling so you might want to consider that when you order one.

Manchester Local Hidden Gem - The Fisherman's Retreat
Mushrooms (£7.5)
Manchester Local Hidden Gem - The Fisherman's Retreat
Moroccan Beef (£7.5)
Manchester Local Hidden Gem - The Fisherman's Retreat
Lamb Five Ways (£22.75).

If you’re looking for a must eat from this place, it has to be this dish – Lamb Five Ways (£22.75).

This caught my eye straight away when I was browsing their menu, and it turned out even better than I expected it to be. Don’t let the picture fool you, the portion is actually quite big – especially as there’s a mini Shepherd’s pie on the side. My favourite part was the slow roasted lamb breast with the whisky infused stuffing, it was so tender and delicious that I wish it was a main dish on its own. Another highlight was the haggis & ewes cheese bonbon since I wasn’t a super big fan of haggis when I first tried it when I visited Edinburgh, but I totally fell in love with this one. 

To be honest, I only found this place when I tried to find some good Beef Wellington in Manchester, and this was the only place that was recommended.

This was my first time trying Beef Wellington and it didn’t disappoint me. The beef was super tender and the sauce was amazing too. Another highlight was their potato rosti as I can tell it was super fresh.

Manchester Local Hidden Gem - The Fisherman's Retreat
Beef Wellington (£19.95)

I really love this kind of local pub/restaurant that serves more traditional and quirky British food, and I hope that I can find more of these kinds of places in the city as I really feel this is true British food at its finest.

Restaurant info:
Address: Riding Head Ln, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 0HH
Phone: 01706825314
Opening hours: Wed. – Fri. 12-9pm/Sat. 10-9:30pm/Sun 10-8pm
Site: https://www.fishermansretreat.com/

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