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Fitzpatricks Temperance Bar
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Description: Britain's Last Original Temperance Bar. The temperance movement began in Preston in 1835 during the period of the industrial revolution and was a response to the widespread alcoholism that existed at that time. The availability of cheap ale and gin had been responsible for the breakdown of family life and industrial productivity amongst the working classes. Prohibition was never legalised here but non alcoholic bars began to appear in every town and village to promote abstinence from the 'demon drink'. By the 1890's temperance bars graced every high street the most prominent being Mr Fitzpatrick's - a successful family of Dublin herbalists who established themselves in the North of England and at their peak successfully ran over 40 shops in the region. After world war II interest in taking the pledge faded. The end of prohibition in the United States and the heavy importation of sweet, sugary drinks hitting our shores saw the decline of the temperance bar. However, One Temperance Bar survived and today Mr Fitzpatrick's still owns and operates the little Victorian bar situation here in the Lancashire town of Rawtenstall. Serving to the public the fabulous vintage cordials made hot, cold and sparkling, milkshakes, Iced floats, Mocktails and Ice Lollies we welcome you along to come and visit the bar..
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Description: Britain's Last Original Temperance Bar. The temperance movement began in Preston in 1835 during the period of the industrial revolution and was a response to the widespread alcoholism that existed at that time. The availability of cheap ale and gin had been responsible for the breakdown of family life and industrial productivity amongst the working classes. Prohibition was never legalised here but non alcoholic bars began to appear in every town and village to promote abstinence from the 'demon drink'. By the 1890's temperance bars graced every high street the most prominent being Mr Fitzpatrick's - a successful family of Dublin herbalists who established themselves in the North of England and at their peak successfully ran over 40 shops in the region. After world war II interest in taking the pledge faded. The end of prohibition in the United States and the heavy importation of sweet, sugary drinks hitting our shores saw the decline of the temperance bar. However, One Temperance Bar survived and today Mr Fitzpatrick's still owns and operates the little Victorian bar situation here in the Lancashire town of Rawtenstall. Serving to the public the fabulous vintage cordials made hot, cold and sparkling, milkshakes, Iced floats, Mocktails and Ice Lollies we welcome you along to come and visit the bar..
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Our first visit and it won't be our last! Fantastic place! Like a cross between a tea room and a milkshake bar - modern decor whist keeping all the old Victorian fittings. I had raspberry leaf tea (delicious) and my other half had traditional sarsaparilla (delicious and nostalgic) a family were in having milkshakes with donuts on top, they looked incredible!! The staff in the shop were knowledgeable, chatty and nothing was too much trouble. Will be making regular visits from now on!

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

Great shop - all sorts in there. Spices, herbs, cordials, toothbrushes and toothpaste for babies without any harmful chemicals, all sorts. Herbal medicines - coughs, sore throats. Really worth a visit. Pleasant, friendly and helpful staff.

Date of visit: July 2016
Thank Claretfairy
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

This is a wonderful piece of living history, where you will receive a warm welcome and be plied with samples while you decide on your tipple. They sell drinks cakes and ice cream.

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is a wonderful little gem.
Serving a fabulous range of nostalgic drinks and quirky twists on milkshakes. Delicious home baked cupcakes with exciting flavoured topping like liquorice and dandelion and burdock! Who could resist.
Many of the drinks are served with mini home baked cookies or cup cakes all with a vintage flourish.
You can buy old fashioned spices, herbs and sweets and of course bottles of temperance cordial in wonderful flavours. Brilliant presents and at bargain prices you can stock up your cupboards
Prices are vintage and unbelievably good value.
You can buy take away drinks and cakes and they even do bespoke hampers.
You will not get a better, warmer Lancashire welcome than at Fitzpatrick's, the staff cannot do enough to please and the little place is brimming with warm hugs and friendly welcome.
Everyone must visit at least once, though one visit will never be enough. Great for the young and old and you must try the home baking and the amazing home made edible chocolate bowls filled with a cordial of your choice. Designed for children but enjoyed by all and at a ridiculously low price. Cannot recommend highly enough you will not be disappointment and I guarantee you will fall in love with this little gem

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

This is a piece of history harking back to the temperance movement and an alternative to pups.

Wonderful piece of nostalgia with some of the friendliest owners/staff I have come across.

Drinks that hark back to childhood, some brought up to date with a modern twist.

Travelling there on a preserved made it even better.

Date of visit: October 2016
Thank E7841HTdavew
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