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Where to Eat

Whether you’ve an appetite for something traditional, modern, international or even a little of all of those you’ll like what’s on the menu in Todmorden.


Sample some famous Northern hospitality and treat yourself to excellent fare at family run restaurants or in a variety of pubs and cafés from the hilltops to the valley bottoms. Everywhere is renowned for their friendly staff and quality, with an increasing emphasis on locally produced wholesome food.


Todmorden offers a wide variety of styles and tastes to suit all pockets and has also taken advantage of a growing demand for “café society” with a number of tearooms and cafés throughout the town. Everything from cream teas, to pannini to hand cooked muffins can be enjoyed with a relaxing cup of coffee. A Todmorden blend can even be purchased to take home with you!


As you’d expect from a historic town, Todmorden is not without a wide selection of pubs! Real ale, lagers and a good selection of wine, some of it locally brewed, can be drunk in cosy pubs that were originally houses to coaching inns. Most pubs also provide meals, from simple pub grub to full a la carte menus!


Shepherds Rest Inn: Lumbutts Rd. Todmorden. OL14 6JJ. 01706 813437. Traditional country pub with panaromic views. For the best in pub food, fine cask ales, lagers and wines, served  Has a 5 star food hygiene rating.

Top Brink: Lumbutts, OL14 6JB. 01706 812696. Traditional family run pub & restaurant in an idyllic countryside position. Homemade meals & a good selection of real ales. 5* rating for hygiene.

The White Rabbit: 1 White Hart Fold, Todmorden OL14 7BD.  Modern British restaurant providing high quality dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Speciallity 5 & 8 course taster menu paired with excellent wine selection.



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The name Todmorden first appears in 1641 and is generally accepted to mean Totta’s boundary-valley, probably a reference to the valley running northwest from the town, although the name “marshy valley of the fox” has also been proposed. The earliest written record of the area is in the Domesday Book (1086), at which time most people were living in scattered farms or in isolated hilltop agricultural settlements. Packhorse trails were marked by ancient stones of which many still survive.

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