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The Anglers Rest, Bamford

The Anglers Rest lies in the centre of Bamford, a village at the heart of the most visited area of the Peak District National Park, with good road and rail links between Sheffield and Manchester.


The Anglers Rest is thought to have been a farm that brewed and served beer. It became a staging Inn in the 19th Century progressing to become a well-known dining establishment in the middle of the 20th Century. At the end of the 20th Century its fortunes declined as it languished under the management of a PubCo, with little investment and a succession of short-term tenants.

In 2012 its fortune changed when the Bamford Community Society was formed to purchase the Anglers Rest and turn it into a community hub with a pub, café, Post Office and bunkhouse. In October 2013, through the generous investment of £263,500 from 328 shareholders, the pub transferred to community ownership.

The Bamford Community Society is run by a Board of Directors, elected by the shareholders, with the pub run by professional staff. Until the first AGM to be held in January 2014, the Board consists of interim directors (listed on the Who’ who page).

This website is designed to serve as a communication portal for the Bamford Community Society. For details about what’s on at The Anglers Rest, please see …The Anglers Rest Official web site here.