Popped by this little charming gem today. I have not been down Healey Dell for more than a decade as have been living in the South however what a treat! Quirky rooms with artwork, antiques, crystal chandeliers and wonderful afternoon tea and fresh sandwiches.
The place was packed by the time we left at lunchtime and I also checked out the art workshop and gallery which has wonderful sculptures and paintings and it was great to actually meet one of the five artists that are based there.
I did enquire about the derelict buildings which are very visible only to find that this was Rochdale’s contribution to supporting the second world war in the form of a munitions factory.
Sadly there seems to be no support from the councils of Rochdale and Rossendale whose borders the Dell lie on. Pot holes a gogo, which can be navigated very slowly by car, however after seeing Rochdale invest millions into the town center it would be good too see some basic investment into this little piece of the Borough’s heritage which we never really here about. With so much focus on the inner town with grants for Broadfield Park, opening the river etc. This would be an ideal place to teach the children of the Borough how important this area was. Its a great place for a walk and this tea rooms are a grand finale.
Kudo’s to the staff for genuinely friendly and great service and all voluntary.
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