9 surprising places to buy books in Ramsbottom

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C.S Lewis.

Well, Ramsbottom certainly has the coffee shops (they sell tea too C.S. Lewis) so I think we’ve got that side covered, but what about the books?

I’ve spoken with many people since creating This is Rammy, on the podcast and just in general conversation around the town. I’ve gotten into the habit of asking people what they feel Ramsbottom might be lacking, and many times people mention they’re surprised there is not a Bookshop. This has came up time, and time again.

So I went out and had a look around Ramsbottom to try to come up with the ultimate list for local bibliophiles as to exactly where you CAN buy books in Ramsbottom.

One of the fantastic features of Ramsbottom is that the proximity of all of these places are near enough that you should be able to hit them all in an afternoon.

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Creator of This is Rammy, award winning podcaster and lover of all things Ramsbottom.

Since moving to Ramsbottom with his family Lee wanted to get involved in promoting the town; starting the website and podcast felt like a great way to do this.

Pancake Recipes Ramsbottom Style

Do you flip or turn?

What am I talking about? Pancakes of course!

As it’s pancake day tomorrow (or shrove Tuesday if you want to use it’s correct name) but ultimately we all know it as pancake day.

So what better than to celebrate Pancake Day than with some locally sourced pancake recipes?

If you do happen to make any of these pancake recipes I’d love to see your results. Please send in your photos and I’ll share the best one’s.

Right, let’s start with the first of the pancake recipes which is savoury and comes courtesy of Mellissa Brown of The Mouse Trap If you don’t happen to have any Perl Las cheese you can use another Blue Cheese or simply nip into The Mouse Trap and they’ll be happy to sell you some.

How to make The Mouse Trap Blue Cheese Pancakes:

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Creator of This is Rammy, award winning podcaster and lover of all things Ramsbottom.

Since moving to Ramsbottom with his family Lee wanted to get involved in promoting the town; starting the website and podcast felt like a great way to do this.

How to survive a Zombie Apocalypse in Ramsbottom

With the return of The Walking Dead to our TV screens I’ve been pondering a question with a friend, one which I’m sure you’ve wondered too. Assuming you’re in Ramsbottom at the time, the question is, how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse?

Real Scientists ponder on how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse.

A few years back, Cornell University researchers actually put some thought into how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse. They agreed the best place to go would be somewhere remote, ideally mountainous like the Rockies.

Given we don’t have anything quite like The Rockies here, and Holcombe Hill, though lovely isn’t exactly Rockies status we’ve ruled that out.

So the question I’m going to attempt to answer today is, where is the best place in Ramsbottom to hold up in a Zombie Apocalypse?

This is a slightly different question to How to survive a Zombie Apocalypse in general. Naturally the answer there would be as far away from any forms of population as possible as Cornell University have suggested.

With that in mind, let’s crack on with the thought process, but before we go any further, we first need to better understand the definition of a Zombie.

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Creator of This is Rammy, award winning podcaster and lover of all things Ramsbottom.

Since moving to Ramsbottom with his family Lee wanted to get involved in promoting the town; starting the website and podcast felt like a great way to do this.

What’s it like living in Ramsbottom?

Each evening after traveling along the M66 and taking the junction for Ramsbottom, I’m greeted by one of the most familiar place marks in Ramsbottom.

It’s been stalking me for several miles as I’ve snaked my way towards the town down the M66. Even before I got off the M60 Manchester ring road I can see it in the distance. Sometimes from tens of miles away, even more.

It’s Peel Tower, and it’s a monument that is familiar and welcoming to any Ramsbottom resident. It’s not just seeing Peel Tower that causes a sense of relaxation and welcoming though, it’s the whole package that Ramsbottom has to offer.

In my life I’ve lived in five locations, all of these around Manchester; Eccles, Moston, Lower Broughton, Swinton and Salford. Factually, I’ve never lived anywhere as welcoming as Ramsbottom.

Some people would argue that anywhere is better than where I’ve lived before, but that would be a bit harsh on those areas, I’ve had some great times in those places. I agree though, some of them are notoriously rough, but they were never that bad when I lived there and I never really had any issues.

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Creator of This is Rammy, award winning podcaster and lover of all things Ramsbottom.

Since moving to Ramsbottom with his family Lee wanted to get involved in promoting the town; starting the website and podcast felt like a great way to do this.

Ramsbottom Festival? Maybe Ramsbottom Guest-ival?

It’s been a bit nippy in the past few days, so I’ve been looking back at Ramsbottom Festival last year where it was so hot over the weekend I got sunburnt (although I do get sunburned very easily, so that’s not surprising.).

Aside from having an amazing time I also got a chance to catch up with loads of people who have been on the show.

I’ve kept in touch with them since they’ve been on I am honoured to say I consider them friends (maybe they don’t me though ???? ).

I took advantage of the captive environment and got them to strike a pose. You can click on any of the images below to be taken to their past interviews on the podcast.

Andrew Burgess (Budge) with Team JMC – Episode 37

Danny English of CommuniTree Initiative – Episode 5

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Creator of This is Rammy, award winning podcaster and lover of all things Ramsbottom.

Since moving to Ramsbottom with his family Lee wanted to get involved in promoting the town; starting the website and podcast felt like a great way to do this.

More great local foodie Instagram accounts


Recently I talked about an article featured on Lancashire Life website regarding several local Ramsbottom based food establishments Instagram accounts. Well, there were some missed that also are doing a great job of promoting themselves on the platform that I wanted to highlight.

For your reference, here’s the episode of the podcast and here’s the article, to save you searching.

I’ve had a dig around and found a few more Instagram accounts featuring some of the fantastic food and drinks on offer in Rammy that weren’t featured in that article.

Roots Supper Club

I’ve not actually been to Roots, from what I understand though a supper club is essentially food served from a home or pop-up location. I’ve been intrigued by the idea of the supper club and I hear they have fantastic food, I’ve just not taken the leap to go. Have you been to Roots Supper Club? If so, what did you think?

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Roots Supper Club Instagram Page

Roots Supper Club Website

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Creator of This is Rammy, award winning podcaster and lover of all things Ramsbottom.

Since moving to Ramsbottom with his family Lee wanted to get involved in promoting the town; starting the website and podcast felt like a great way to do this.