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The Fisherman's Retreat

Type:Wedding Venue

Riding Head Lane, Shuttleworth, Ramsbottom, Bury, Lancashire, BL0 0HH

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Tel: 01706 825 314

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The Fisherman's Retreat

At The Fisherman’s Retreat there is so much to offer you on your special day; priding themselves on not only being a unique venue but also in providing first class service, and guaranteeing locally sourced ingredients that will always be freshly prepared on the day.

Three rooms at your disposal, ensuring whatever the size or style of your special day you have the perfect room to accommodate.  The Fisherman's Retreat can cater for small and intimate weddings just as well as large gatherings that take over the retreat, whether you wish to get married, enjoy your wedding breakfast, evening reception or your entire day – the venue will accommodate and create a one of kind experience that will be flawless from start to finish.

Being an independent family owned and run establishment, The Fisherman's Retreat know the importance of family, and understand what a wedding day means not only to you, but all your loved ones. With a certain ethic that is apparent when you walk though our doors, they have always believed it’s the little things that matter the most.  It’s in the small attention to detail that no one knew would be so important.

The vast grounds, lakes, ponds, and rural setting are very picturesque, to this day the owners feel very lucky and proud of their countryside location. A picture says a thousand words and at The Fisherman’s Retreat they guarantee that your keep sakes will be priceless.

At The Fisherman’s Retreat there are 3 rooms you can choose to hold your civil ceremony or partnership and 3 rooms which can cater for your wedding breakfast or evening reception. Whether you choose to hold your entire wedding day or just an aspect you can be sure there is the perfect room, the perfect setting and the perfect team to make your dreams come true.

The Nuttall Room
The Nuttall Room is a very special room to the Retreat, a private intimate space boasting open stonework and a wood burning stove focal point. The duel aspect windows flood the room with natural daylight and allow you to enjoy the wonderful views across the countryside. This room is absolutely perfect for small intimate weddings for up to 40 guests.  The venue can perform civil ceremonies as well as the wedding breakfast, the popular horseshoe layout lends itself perfectly to encourage interaction and creates a perfect family feel which is exactly how this room was intended to be used.

The Nuttall Room is a classic ‘snug’ room, offering dark wood tables, comfortable leather chairs and a special collection of whisky that line the oak fitted cabinets, creating a perfectly unique and elegant space.

Civil Ceremony: 40
Sit down meal: 40

The Valley Suite
The Valley Suite offers undisrupted views across Holcombe Hill and The Irwell Valley. Each passing season offers something entirely different, a backdrop that changes slightly every single day.

The floor to ceiling window guarantees a unique backdrop and vocal point for your ceremony and wedding breakfast. This room is flooded with natural daylight that transforms the mood of the room to reflect the ever changing weather and highlights our high class furnishings. The Valley Suite is perfect for a larger ceremony or wedding breakfast, the solid wood furniture and high backed leather chairs create a clean and natural atmosphere as well as keeping a close intimate feel. The seating arrangements are extremely flexible, meaning you can create the perfect seating plan allowing you to have a real input on the design and feel of your day.

Civil Ceremony: 120
Sit down meal: 120
Evening Reception: 150

The Ratcliffe Suite
The Ratcliffe Suite is our hidden gem with four large double doors offering exclusive access onto an impressive patio area with a private balcony that wraps around The Fisherman’s Retreat, allowing you and your guests to experience the remarkable countryside views first hand. Within The Ratcliffe Suite you can provide sociable round tables as well as a private bar area. This room offers a large fitted dance floor, perfect for dancing the night away.

The balcony is lined with oak whisky barrels and filled with ample seating for your guests. The layout is absolutely perfect for an outside drink reception and creates unique photo opportunities while still allowing your guests to soak up and savour the ever changing scenery.

Civil Ceremony: 120
Sit down meal: 120
Evening Reception: 160

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* Closed Mondays unless by special arrangement

Opening times in line with client bookings


  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Wedding Venue Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Wedding Venue Award 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2019 - Wedding Venue Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2019 - Wedding Venue Award 2019



Establishment Features

  • Countryside setting

Venue Facilities

  • Approved For Civil Marriages
  • Dedicated Wedding Coordinator
  • Exclusive use
  • Maximum number of evening reception guests - 160 standing
  • Number of covers for banqueting/wedding breakfast - 120 covers
  • Set in own grounds
  • Table plan easel available



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      The Fisherman's Retreat, RossendaleA family owned, multi-award winning bar, restaurant and wedding venue set in the Lancashire countryside serving locally sourced produce, a truly stunning range of Scottish single malt whiskies, speciality real ales and champagnes.

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