Pub, Post Office & Café in Bamford, Hope Valley

Support the Anglers Rest

Support us by donating on Paypal

It is a very easy process to make a one-off donation or choose to support us monthly using Paypal. Click the button below…

Other ways to donate towards the Anglers Rest

Alternatively, make a cheque payable to the Bamford Community Society, put it in an envelope labelled SUPPORT and hand it to the Anglers Post Office.

A cash or card donation can be made at the till.
Please tell a colleague this is cash support for the BCS.

Our preferred option (no fees!) is a bank transfer...

Transfers can be made to:

The Bamford Community Society at The Co-Operative Bank, PO Box 250, Skelmersdale  WN8 6WT.

Please use sort code 08-92-99 and account number 65614965

Quote the reference SUPPORT.

10 year anniversary

Derbyshire's first community pub

In 2013, the Anglers Rest made history as Derbyshire’s first community pub, thanks to the formation of the Bamford Community Society. The society rescued the premises from property developers, registered it as an Asset of Community Value, and transformed it into a vital village hub with a pub, Post Office, and cafe.

10 years on

Well, we’ve survived! 10 years which is quite an achievement for a community-owned pub, cafe and Post Office, particularly given the challenges of recent years. Yet here we are in 2023 and the Anglers Rest continues to provide a space where people can meet up and a home for more than a dozen local groups, and popular activities from Meet the Artist to Vinyl Night, from Quiz Night to Folk Night.

On going struggle

We have been facing many challenges for some time now, in part because of our inability to recruit a permanent chef which has meant that our food offer has not always been dependable.  What’s more, despite the best efforts of many of the wonderful staff, it has to be recognised that our service standards have not been consistent.

A nightmare year 2023

The last year has proved to be something of a nightmare. Like all those involved in the hospitality business (where, in 2023, on average 50 businesses closed each month)  we’ve been hit by the perfect storm of spiralling energy bills, escalating prices and salaries, and a customer base badly impacted by the cost of living crisis, as well as some changes in behaviour post-Covid. 

All of this has been exacerbated by the demands of ongoing structural repairs, the loss of income resulting from the closure of the Royal Mail sorting office, and the need to financially support our community Post Office which has always depended on a subsidy from the rest of the business. We have also been negatively impacted by major staffing issues.

All this has resulted in us struggling as we go in to 2024

Great news!

However, it appears that fate is on our side in the shape of our new management team- the locally acclaimed chef John Parsons as head chef/general manager, and Jo Doyle, a very experienced pub manager who is well respected in Sheffield as a ‘name’ in the craft and real ale beers world, who will be bar manager/deputy manager.  Both John and Jo come to us enthusiastic about working in a community-owned free house and confident about walking the fine line between turning the Anglers Rest into a ‘destination‘ (which it was in the ‘old days’ and which it needs to be in order to survive) while retaining our community feel, and attracting back our Bamford Community Society members and other local customers by functioning as a good local pub and cafe consistently serving excellent food and drinks.

The arrival of John and Jo at the beginning of January 2024 presents us with a unique opportunity. With their expertise, we are going to relaunch our food and drink offer. At the same time we intend to begin a major refurbishment programme aimed at generating a significant new income stream through providing overnight accommodation in our currently unused upstairs rooms.  We also plan to undertake crucial restoration work in the upstairs and back areas, creating a function room, and much needed staff facilities.  And, of course,  we need to undertake some essential maintenance work, refurbish our existing downstairs and kitchen areas, and upgrade our toilet facilities.

Overall, we estimate that these works will cost £250,000. Some of the necessary finance will require grant funding which we are currently applying for, and which we are hopeful we will succeed in obtaining. However, our position in this regard will be strengthened immeasurably if we can also raise funds via private donations and other more conventional fund-raising activity. Moreover, some of the work is urgent and falls outside the timescales required for grant funding application processes.

In the short term, therefore, we are appealing for your help and support

The Anglers Appeal

To ensure the long-term sustainability of our Post Office, pub, and cafe, and give the new management team the best chance of succeeding, we are launching the ‘Restore the Anglers Appeal’.  Could you help?? Every penny counts!

Our aim is to raise £50,000

We need funds because, for example, we need to…

  • replace kitchen equipment much of which is well past its ‘sell by’ date;
  • refurbish the pub, particularly the tables and chairs, many of which are on their last legs (literally!) despite the sterling efforts of our DIY team;
  • refurbish the back area to provide proper changing facilities for kitchen staff;
  • improve the layout of the Post Office/cafe serving area/’shop’ area and carry out some urgent plumbing and structural works
  • contribute to core costs to support us from January-March (not a particularly glamorous cause, but a really important one!)

We have already received one very generous donation from a local supporter to help us launch our ‘Restore the Anglers’ appeal.

Please consider giving the Anglers Rest your support too and imagine how much of the heart of the village we would lose if the Anglers didn’t exist!

Support the ‘Restore the Anglers Appeal’ and help secure the future of the Anglers Rest