Ramsbottom’s food and drink scene may have suffered some casualties of late but it’s still a town with plenty going for it.

And one highlight should you need refuelling while paying a visit is Owens Restaurant and Bar which stands proudly on the corner of Railway Street.

How many other eateries can boast that they overlook a fantastic heritage railway line - the wonderful East Lancashire Railway?

Bury Times: Owens Restaurant and Bar

Despite some recent closures due to the price of just about everything being astronomical and the continuing cost of living crisis, there are still a fair few cafes, pubs and restaurants to choose from in Rammy.

So, shout out to Josh at Harry’s Barbershop on Bridge Street for recommending Owens as it did not disappoint (I’d also recommend the barbers to any blokes needing a trim).

My husband and I paid a visit on a dreary spring Friday morning and received the warmest of welcomes from the chap greeting diners at Owens.

We were shown to a nice cosy table and I was pleased to see that we were still in time for the breakfast menu which is served from 9am until 11.30am, Monday to Sunday.

Bury Times: Owens Restaurant and Bar

It didn’t take me long to make my choice of smashed avocado on wholemeal toast with two poached eggs which comes with grilled tomato (£8). I asked to swap the tomato for mushrooms and I was happy to get a pile in exchange, at no extra cost.

Now, I must apologise to the chef for my lacklustre food photography skills because I feel this photo just does not do my meal justice as it was pleasing to both the eye and palate.

Bury Times: Smashed avocado

I realised my mistake when I had demolished about half of it, as I should have popped the yolk and then taken a picture to showcase the poached-to-perfection egg. But you’ll just have to take my word for it, it was delicious.

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My other half made a solid selection in the form of the Owens stack – two sausages, two rashers of bacon and cheese hash brown on a ciabatta (£6.50). He asked to add black pudding because, you know, when in Bury. A hearty slice was duly added for a reasonable extra £1. Now that is what you call a breakfast butty.

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All washed down with a couple of brews, it almost felt as if we were kicking back in a relaxed hotel dining room.

Owens also has an extensive regular menu but there was another breakfast item that caught my eye – the Sunday special giant yorkie with sausage, bacon egg. That sounds right up my street, perhaps a review for another day.