The best option on the walk between the inconveniently placed main railway station and the town centre of Rochdale. I actually ended up here at 10pm on a Sunday night in full cycling gear due to engineering works on the line and nobody in this very local oriented Sam Smiths pub took the mickey or gave me a hard time about it, which made me feel very welcome. It doesn’t have the full range of Sam Smiths ales but the usual cask and keg drinks are available as well as some of the handcrafted organic range. It’s a one room affair but large enough around a long ’L’ shaped bar. There’s a pool table sandwiched into the small area that faces the front of the building. The interior includes a stuffed eagle in a case above the window.