Pub, Post Office & Café in Bamford, Hope Valley

About the Anglers Rest

A community pub set in the glorious Peak District

The Anglers Rest Bamford is a cosy and friendly pub, cafe and post office located just under Bamford Edge near Ladybower Reservoir. In 2013 it became the first community pub in Derbyshire when it was rescued from property developers and purchased collectively by 388 people, then registered as an Asset of Community Value. It is run for the benefit of the wider community by the Bamford Community Society. 

Our vision for the Anglers Rest

We want to develop a sustainable community business that is inclusive and with a reputation for good customer service, that contributes to a vibrant and thriving village.

We aim to provide the best and most unique hospitality experiences in the Hope Valley.


History and location

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 was built as 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 PubCo, with little investment and a succession of short-term tenants. 

In 2012 it’s fortune changed when the Bamford Community Society (BCS) was formed to purchase the Anglers Rest. Bamford Community Society Ltd is a registered society under the Co-operatives and Community Benefit Society Act 2014.

A community pub

The Anglers Rest was purchased in October 2013 through a community share offer which raised £263,500, with 75% of members living in Bamford parish and included investment from the main village institutions (Bamford with Thornhill Parish Council, St John the Baptist Church, Bamford Primary School PTFA and Bamford Community Arts and Crafts).

The oldest part of the building was built in 1870, just under 150 years ago, and we intend to maintain and develop the business and building so that it will still be the village pub in another 150 years.

The Anglers Rest has now been trading as a community owned and run business for ten years and provides:

• A local village pub with a traditional ambiance;
• A daytime café with a small retail area and art for sale by local artists;
• A Post Office with a service portfolio focused on meeting local needs.


A good reputation

We have developed a good reputation and achieved LocAle accreditation by CAMRA, were awarded Sheffield CAMRA District Pub of the Year 2017, High Peak Responsible Business 2017 and a listing in The Good Pub Guide 2016 and 2017.


We have an EV charger installed which you can check the availability of here. The car park is strictly for patrons only. Enforcement measures are in place.


We are located in the beautiful Peak District, below the famous Bamford Edge and only a mile from Ladybower Reservoir.

The Anglers Rest
Taggs Knoll
Main Road
Hope Valley
S33 0DY