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Low and Slow Texas BBQ, based in Hollinwood Oldham - The Old School BBQ Bus, Chadderton, Oldham

The Old School BBQ Bus

4.8
4.8
569 Reviews
£25 and under
Barbecue
In 2016 the Old School BBQ was born, using a freshly imported 1982 Bluebird International American school bus from Arizona as a mobile kitchen.

The bus was converted from a traditional seated bus to a fully functional kitchen, with smokers and griddles to cook low and slow BBQ food.  The OSB journey had begun, trading from humble beginnings on a local pub car park in Failsworth. 

Our little yellow bus soon became a familiar landmark and we became more and more popular with lunch goers who wanted freshly prepared, appetising food served with a smile.  Soon demand meant that we would be more often than not greeting our customers with a "sold out" sign, so it was time to expand.

So here we are, with a covered seated area serving our firm favourites, complemented with a fully licenced bar and WC facilities... did we mention the stage?  That's right, we also provide live music from various acts from near and far - we are sure you will find our eatery to be like no other! 

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, American, Steak
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu 16:00–22:00 Fri 16:00–23:00 Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    0161 682 5006
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Dawn Draper
  • Area
    Failsworth
  • Cross Street
    At the side of the M60/ Junction 22 - Manchester road A62
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Hollinwood tram stop, Bus stops opposite
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 569 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Overall

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Ambience

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Value

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Child-friendly

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Good for groups

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Hot spot

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Great for live music

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Lively

  • Manchester

    Best Overall

  • Manchester

    Best Food

  • Manchester

    Best Ambience

  • Manchester

    Best Value

  • Manchester

    Child-friendly

  • Manchester

    Innovative

  • Manchester

    Good for groups

  • Manchester

    Hot spot

  • Manchester

    Great for live music

  • Manchester

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Manchester

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Manchester

    Lively

569 Reviews
  1. DarrenB

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As a chef myself I can’t fault this place been meaning to go for ages the ribs where amazing really tender tacos where nice the service was good and singer was excellent really good night and great food and the cocktails are excellent

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  2. RachelP

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and great service. The team were friendly and fast.

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  3. ClaireS

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time with friends and family. Unfortunately the music act was a no show but that is out of the venues hands. We put on great tunes instead! Love the vibe and the staff 🙂

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  4. PaulaT

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Thought the food was ok Nothing spec Very exspensive gif what you got

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  5. IanW

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food was excellent. Very friendly and staff are happy to help .

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  6. AlisonA

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely night good was gorgeous and staff were good. My only criticism was the music/singer was just too loud. We had to ask 3 times to get it lowered and when we check on a music level monitor is was well into the red.

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  7. JohnM

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience staff helpful polite professional food excellent all in all a very enjoyable dining experience

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  8. debbiep

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a beautiful find!!! Was amazed when I walked through the door. Staff were so friendly and told us more about the history behind the bus. Food was great and very tasty. Hoping to go back soon to experience the live music.

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  9. AllyBongo

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent - shame the service let it down. Once we were served the mains not 1 server came over to check how the food was, to take any more drink orders or even ask if we would have liked desert! Even had to go up to the bar to pay as the servers were all too busy sat around chatting! Shame, as it would have been a lovely Valentine’s Day meal experience otherwise.

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  10. JenM

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service nice atmosphere good entertainment highly recommend

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  11. RevDave

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there to celebrate Valentine's Day with a steak and wine meal. Lovely steak. Would go medium rare next time as medium was a bit much for our taste. We were really pleased that the musician (Kane) was already playing at 7pm so we had live music for the whole of our meal. He played a selection of music that was right up our street. Thank You!

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  12. Angie

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing night ,food was great service was great and Staff were very friendly and took time to make our night special thankyou to you allxx

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  13. JoanneH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1st time af Old School BBQ Bus came with my son, really enjoyed the atmosphere, food was fresh and delicious. We’re looking forward to coming back and trying different things on the menu.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well what can I say about the OSB apart from how pleasantly surprised on how nice this place was. The staff are so nice and accommodating and the food was great. We enjoyed the live music and atmosphere which made the night and experience even better. Definitely recommend this venue and know we will definitely be back. Eric.

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  15. ChantelleW

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was brilliant cocktails was amazing the kids loved evrything and we will definetly be coming bavk there again soon thankyou very much x

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  16. RachelN

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is amazing, such value for money! Staff are lovely as always

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  17. EricS

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent friendly service and great food.Something for everyone from very hot sauces to unusual ones like irn brew sauce.great range of cocktails and other beviridges

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  18. P5VDD

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the uniqueness of this place. Staff are always nice and friendly. Food is great especially if you like good portions

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  19. PaulaL

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous evening amazing food staff we're very helpful

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  20. tuqah

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice atmosphere we were seated and served very quick the staff were kind food quality quantity was good 😊

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  21. AngelinaW

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic as always! Staff are very friendly and helpful, genuinely lovely staff 😊 Food fantastic as always too!

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  22. BeverleyB

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent value for money always excellent service and the staff are so friendly

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  23. CarlW

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the food was amazing, as always. Great Atmosphere and at a reasonable price.

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  24. carlyr

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous food as always . Staff very friendly , great prices :-)

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  25. DanielleP

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was just so good. In all honesty I forget that it is there! The food was amazing and incredible value for money! We can’t wait to go again when there’s live music on! Thank you 😊

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  26. RachelN

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolute value for money! Portions are very generous and the food is delicious! Staff are always lovely

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  27. AmandaW

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food as always, superb atmosphere…. Terrific cocktails 🍸 Excellent live music …… Hidden Gem! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  28. RobL

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Consistently great this place, really good sized portions. Best American bbq place in the north west.

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  29. JoanneT

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a fab time here on NYE. Food was top notch and the staff were lovely. We’ll be back soon!

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  30. IanG

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was all exceptional. 3rd visit for me. Loved it

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love this place. Everything about it is such a vibe food is amazing.

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  32. thomasn

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good place nice food nice atmosphere good choice of deserts

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice quirky place top food great portion’s definitely will return

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  34. AntonyJ

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and a good atmosphere. It was nice to here Mark sing.

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  35. KayleighB

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service and great atmosphere! Highly recommend

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  36. AndrewJ

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drink brilliant as always, Service and atmosphere great, Hangman sauce hot hot hot 🔥

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  37. ClaireS

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked a table for 7 at 5pm on a Sunday teatime so expected a bit of a wait for service and food, however both were superb. The food was amazing, and lots of it, friendly staff and a lovely ambience. Will definitely be returning.

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  38. CarlD

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food but the menu has got to state chips are with some meals. Fell again like last time and ordered chips seperate. Too much food in end. Just a waste of food and my money.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were great - attentive, polite and friendly. The music that was on added a really good vibe to the night. The food was delish and the portions were really decent. The sauce that is on the grilled cheese brisket is really good! We all came away stuffed and happy.

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  40. MikeV

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fantastic night with great food and live music.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

The Old School BBQ Bus offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0161 682 5006.

The Old School BBQ Bus is rated 4.8 stars by 569 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Old School BBQ Bus

Alford St, Hollinwood, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 7LP

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    At the side of the M60/ Junction 22 - Manchester road A62
  • Area
    Failsworth
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu 16:00–22:00 Fri 16:00–23:00 Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–21:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, American, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Hollinwood tram stop, Bus stops opposite
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Dawn Draper
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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