Clock Tower Rochdale

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sometimes those adverts you see on Facebook prove to be very useful. Last week my mum saw one for Clock Tower Dining Room inside Rochdale Town Hall. 

Clock Tower is only open Monday to Fridays till 3.30pm at the moment but I really hope its a success and they open for longer hours and at weekends. 

Luckily for me I'd booked Monday off work so we decided not to hang around and go, rather than just talking about going (does anyone else do that?) 

We decided to go earlier to have a look around as it's been quite a while since either of us last went to Rochdale.

The town is undergoing major renovation and from what you can see they've worked really hard and it's going to look fantastic.

We were a little early and made the most of the sunshine by stilling in the memorial gardens, looking across to the Town Hall.

Inside its a really beautiful building and I was in awe at how nice it is. My local town hall has been derelict for years and is now being turned into a cinema!

I really didn't know what to expect from Clock Tower, I think I was expecting just a cafe with red velvet type conference chairs. What we found was a dining room worthy of a 5 star hotel.  

I have to say we were blown away with the over all look of the room, everything from the linen table clothes, beautiful decorations and pieces of art was perfect. There is an elegance about the room which has a contemporary edge without feeling out of place with the rest of the building. 

There is a good selection from breakfasts served till 11am including full breakfast and a Welsh rarebit that might be worth booking another day off and setting off early for. 

The lunch menu is a nice mix of sandwiches, wraps, ciabatta and a couple of platters as well as Jacket potatoes and not forgetting 3 types of afternoon tea (standard, champagne & G and Tea). Not forgetting a wide selection of cakes. 

Our afternoon started with tea for two and a decision to be made. Sandwiches or afternoon tea?

I went for the ploughman's sandwich. Lancashire Cheese, roast ham, with salad and apple chutney. This was really tasty. The chutney was delicious and the bread and salad were very fresh and well put together.

My mum went for the steak and onion ciabatta and she really enjoyed it. The coleslaw was also really nice and very well received by both of us.

Although the sandwiches were very filling and we didn't need anything else the call of the cakes won and with a special offer of tea (or coffee) and cake for £3.50 it would have been rude not to.

We went for Lemon Drizzle and St Clements. I honestly can't pick a winner. You're all my favourites!

Someone on FB comments that the cake looked really small, I can assure you it's my dodgy photo skills both pieces were very generous in size and I couldn't finish my portion

Every member of the team were friendly, helpful and polite. While picking my cake I was speaking to who I'm assuming was the manager or duty manager and she was impressed we'd travelled so far (25 mins on the tram - I would travel further for good cake)

I wish them every success and think it's just what Rochdale needs.

For 2 sandwiches, 2 tea's and 2 slices of cake it was £23.50 which I was more than happy to pay and I can't stop telling people about it.

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