The Old School BBQ Bus

Mark is the owner of the Old School BBQ Bus in Oldham – the best place to go for low and slow cooked barbecue food, live country music, moonshine and a welcoming atmosphere!  Mark used to have a proper job but back in 2016 he decided to convert an old American school bus into a mobile kitchen with smokers and griddles to cook low and slow barbecue food. 

He called it The Old School BBQ Bus and started trading on a local pub car park in Failsworth.  The bus soon became more and more popular and Mark decided it was time to expand so he found a piece of land, parked the bus on it and built The Old School BBQ Ranch out of second-hand wood pallets and old shipping containers.  The restaurant opened in January 2018 and since then it has gone from strength to strength with a following of loyal customers. 

Mark has become quite the celebrity, featuring on BBC Radio Manchester, a BBC documentary (A Matter of Life and Debt) and articles in various newspapers.  One of his proudest moments was being featured in the Manchester Cookbook – Second Helpings and Mark is hoping to bring out his very own cookbook at some point.  

  • We are an outdoor restaurant – with a roof
  • We have a varied menu full of delicious barbecue food and a fully licensed saloon bar
  • We are family friendly with an outdoor play area for the kids
  • We have live music every Friday and Saturday night
  • Website