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Fitzpatrick’s - The Last Temperance Bar

Written by Kirsty Jones on


If you’re staying in Lancashire make sure you take a trip to the last surviving Temperance Bar.

Temperance Bars were introduced in the 19th century to promote a healthier, alcohol free, lifestyle. Today Fitzpatrick’s is the only one remaining, it has been open since 1890, and is certainly worth visiting! It’s a very small traditional establishment, but, is definitely worth visiting if not just to sip some delicious Sarsaparilla!

Located in Rawtenstall this bar is open to the public offering up a real taste of the past. From Sarsaparilla to Dandelion and Burdock (the way it used to taste!), to forgotten sweets such as barley twists there is something for all ages to taste! As well as a whole host of herbal “old wives” antidotes and cures Fitzpatrick’s is like stepping back in to a time warp!

The small bar itself is fitted out the way old shops used to be. Jars of sweets are shelved from floor to ceiling behind a wooden counter. There’s a charming selection of original merchandise of age old domestic brands interspersed amongst the stock. It’s a real insight into the way things were!

East Lancashire Railway have a station close by to Fitzpatrick’s, so you could go all out and spend a nostalgic day chugging through the beautiful northern valleys!

Kirsty Jones

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