The Junction Inn is a well established pub/ restaurant in Denshaw Saddleworth area. We provide you with high quality home-cooked food using locally sourced ingredients.

At the meeting point of five roads, a little way from the old hamlet of Denshaw, stands the Junction Inn, a good example of a posting or coaching house built to serve the needs of travellers.

Together with the small group of houses which were built nearby it took its name from the busy crossroads. The Inn itself was erected alongside an ancient packhorse route which on leaving Denshaw went over Ogden Edge behind Cherry Clough, on its way to Rochdale.

A ‘posting inn’ was not simply a place where stage coaches stopped and often changed their team of horses, but, perhaps more importantly, was an inn which kept supplies of horses regularly available for travellers using post-chaises.
Throughout the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries ‘posting’, as well as coaching, was on the increase but it was of course considerably more expensive, and was the prerogative of a limited class.

The inn was built in 1795 by James Milnes (or Mills) to take advantage of an act passed ‘for maintaining a Turnpike Road from Mumps Brook within Oldham to Ripponden, and a branch therefrom, at Gains to Delph, all within Saddleworth’.

On his retirement in 1815 the inn was sold to John Grafton. Included in the sale were ‘large brewing pans, mash tub, cooler, and other brewing vessels, barrels, stillages, mangle etc. Also three elegant post chaises nearly new, eight excellent post horses in high condition, harness, stable utensils etc.’

The present building is largely eighteenth century in date, but incorporates earlier features. It is two stories high and has a three window centre portion with one window arched recess on each side.

The junction inn prides itself on its excellent service & warm welcome. First and foremost a pub at heart we offer fine wines & cask ales from our local brewery at Manchester, j.w.lees.

Sit by one of our cosy fires in the winter or on the patio in the summer. Dog friendly.. muddy paws & boots welcome….


ll our food is locally sourced, prepared and freshly cooked to order. Where possible we use free range and do grow some of our own herbs & vegetables. The junction inn is available for small or large functions and we can cater to suit your personal requirements. Food allergies and intolerance. Before ordering please speak to a member of our team. Whilst we take every care possible our kitchen is a multi-ingredient area and although we try, all dishes are prepared in an environment that may not be free from nuts, seeds, gluten or lactose.

Some fish may contain small bones.

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Saddleworth has many hidden treasures, but one in particular is making a welcomed return in the heart of Denshaw village. The Junction Inn, which has recently enjoyed an amazing refurbishment in recent weeks and been taken over by a passionate couple, aiming to place this historic Inn well and truly back on the culinary map. Barrie and Christina Evans have injected a fresh lease of life into the place following the refurbishment.

The couple are currently injecting their knowledge and enthusiasm into good use, along with the rest of the team, by making The Junction Inn one of the great local destinations of choice. Its new open plan and stylish interior, outside terrace and large private car park make it the perfect setting for either an intimate dinner for two or a large private party. As the Festive weather creeps ever nearer, we arrived at the quaint establishment, which exudes a unique charm and character.

We were warmly welcomed by the lovely Christina who kindly showed us to our table situated by the window with lovely views of the Saddleworth hills.

We then began to peruse the mouth-watering menu on offer, created by talented Head Chef Mark Kelly who has worked his culinary magic in the area for a number of years Mark, along with his team, has conjured up a new and exciting traditional menu which has something for absolutely everyone, including an impressive Menu of the Day (available Monday to Friday between 12 Noon - 6pm). After a brief discussion with Barrie about his recommendations, we were more than happy with our menu choices from the plentiful menu.

For starters, I decided to go for the Creamy Peppered Mushrooms on Ciabatta, which was simply amazing.

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Food -

  • Monday - Thursday 12 noon - 8pm
  • Friday 12noon - 9pm
  • Saturday 12 noon - 9pm
  • Sunday: 12noon - 8pm

Bar -

  • Monday -Thursday 12 noon -10.00
  • Friday 12 noon - 10.30
  • Saturday 12 noon - 10.30
  • Sunday 12 noon - 10.00

Call us on 014 578 74265 for any bookings / enquiries

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