The Farrars Arms

Century-spanning semi-rural free house offering an extensive food and drink menu, including what may be the North’s best cheese pie.

The Farrars Arms
56 Oldham Road, Grasscroft, Oldham, OL4 4HL
01457 873842

Monday: 12–11 pm
Tuesday: 12–11 pm
Wednesday: 12–11 pm
Thursday: 12–11 pm
Friday: 12–11 pm
Saturday: 12–11 pm
Sunday: 12–11 pm

To say The Farrars Arms has seen some stuff in its time would be a massive understatement. At around 300 years old, this stone built watering hole in semi-rural Oldham has looked on at a succession of epoch-changing events. Not least the Industrial Revolution, which transformed landscapes here in the North West during the 1800s. Suffice to say, this establishment still stands guard over that scenery, at a time when the survival of pubs is being called into question. Clearly, then, someone is doing something very right here, and it doesn’t take long to figure out what. 

Located in the historic village of Grasscroft, once you’ve done taking in the spectacular views and beautiful craftsmanship of the building itself the first thing to pick up on is the warm welcome. A pub in the truest sense, The Farrars Arms takes hospitality just as seriously as the food and drink it serves up. Which, of course, is all of the highest possible standards. Think traditional free house fare, made using the best possible modern ingredients sourced from local suppliers when and where possible. Classics on offer include the Steak, Stilton and Camden Ale Pie, Sausage & Mash, and Chilli Con Carne. Not to mention what some claim to be the finest Cheese & Onion Pie available in northern England. 

Starters & Sharers feature everything from Soup of The Day and BBQ Pork Belly Bites, to Wild Mushroom Bruschetta and Beef Brisket Loaded Fondue Chips. Meanwhile, those looking for something in between a small plate and large mains might consider rustic ciabatta sandwiches, wraps, and salads, or a freshly made pizza — priced at an outrageously appealing two for £12 on Tuesdays. Sundays bring roasts with all the trimmings, and desserts take the form of classics like Sticky Toffee Pudding. As any pub should, The Farrars Arms has an impressive drinks list, with whisky, gin and draught beer lovers particularly well catered for.