Always something different at the Shoulder of Mutton, Holcombe, Bury

Outside areas at the Shoulder of Mutton, Holcombe, Bury

Foodie Pub!

“Outstanding food, menu regularly changed, consistently good beer and wine and the friendliest staff. A gem” TRIPADVISOR


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We now serve Afternoon Tea, Monday to Thursday 2.30-5.30pm. The Afternoon Tea comprises two teas and a selection of cakes for just £4.95!

The Shoulder of Mutton brings the best in cask conditioned ales, home cooked food and an atmosphere that brings together old world charm and contemporary hospitality.

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Enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of an 18th century pub in the heart of Holcombe village on the rugged west Pennine moors. Our real fire will keep you snug and cosy. Children, walkers and well behaved dogs are very welcome. We are proud of our pub and look forward to meeting you.

Whether you want a quiet drink, a quick lunch, a leisurely family dinner, or just somewhere to meet friends…The Shoulder of Mutton is whatever you want it to be!

Home Cooked Fresh Food

Try one of our Traditional Favourites or select Something Special from the à la carte menu. We also have a daily Specials Board and local 32 day dry aged Holcombe beef steaks.

Remember that we make almost everything on the menu at The Shoulder of Mutton. And we make everything from locally sourced Lancashire produce wherever possible.

If you prefer a freshly brewed tea or coffee we do those as well. An ideal choice with one of our mouth watering hot or cold sandwiches.

And at the Bar . . .

. . . there’s a passion for cask-conditioned ales, from local micro breweries, that few pubs can match plus quality wines from classic Amarone Della Valpolicella to Spanish Albarino and Australian Shiraz. There's also a wide choice of drinks including fine single malt whiskies, liqueurs and fine Champagne.

You've helped to choose wines on our latest list so you can now select of different glass to match each course.

Our Director's Choice section is constantly evolving to bring you fine wines by the bottle from around the world. From New World contemporary classics to Old World favourites.

Wonderful Winter Walks

The Shoulder of Mutton is an ideal start (or end) point for some amazing moorland walks. Holcombe village is dotted with footpath signs so just pick one and start exploring. Here are a couple of examples . . .

Lancashire Life has an excellent circular walk from Holcombe to Helmshore via Pilgrims Cross, ending back at the pub. You'll be hungry when you've finished so time it right. more>

If you are paying a visit to the East Lancs Railway take a look at their Rail Ale Trail. From Ramsbottom you can walk up the Rake to The Shoulder of Mutton. If you can manage that you'll deserve to treat yourself. And it's all downhill on the way back. Rail Ale Trail>

Shoulder of Mutton
Lumb Carr Road

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Sunday - Thursday
12 noon - 11pm
Friday and Saturday
12 noon - Late

01706 82 2001
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Monday to Friday
12 noon to 2.30pm
5.30pm to 9pm

12 noon to 3.30pm and
4.30pm to 9.30pm

12 noon to 8pm

Bank Holidays
12 noon to 8pm

Everything is prepared from fresh so please bear with us at busy times.

We have a small, more formal restaurant area. Although not always necessary, please phone if you would like to reserve a table. Only assistance dogs are allowed in this part of the pub.

Please feel free to contact us on 01706 82 2001 whether it's to book a table or if you have any special requirements - we would love to help.

The Shoulder of Mutton, Holcombe Village, Bury, BL8 4LZ


Hire Our Chef - Available for private functions. Everything supplied.

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Tastes of the Shoulder - a five course tasting menu available Friday and Saturday evenings. Please phone for availability.


Regular live music - please phone for details.

Quiz Night every Tuesday with cash prizes.


Reserve a table in either the pub or the more formal restaurant areas. Although not always necessary, it's a good idea for larger groups or those with specific requirements or expectations.

Private Dining for up to 25 covers.

Separate Function Room available for private occasions. Please ask for our buffet prices.

Beer Gardens at the side and rear - children very welcome. Food can be served outside.


























If you're coming to 'The Shoulder' to enjoy something specific, please phone to check before travelling. Everything described on this web site is subject to change, availability and price fluctuation without notice.