'Mint nights' - Punters share their horror at Salford pub being named one of 'roughest' boozers around

Estate pub the Flemish Weaver shut down in 2014 - and some of you would love to see it back.

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A debate about the ‘roughest’ boozers in Greater Manchester certainly got you lot hot under the collar. 

A viral thread on X (RIP Twitter) asking for the more notorious pubs up and down the land got people talking.  @ROUNDTHEBEND__’s post asking “what’s the roughest pub you’ve ever been in and why?” has had a staggering five million impressions and has been hailed as one of the top threads ever. 

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And round these parts, The Flemish Weaver in Salford got the most mentions. Built in the 1970s on Belvedere Road, it was constructed for Salford’s Pendleton Estate, and shut down in 2014. It was most recently a base for contractors working in the area. 

The Flemish Weaver pub closed down back in 2014The Flemish Weaver pub closed down back in 2014
The Flemish Weaver pub closed down back in 2014

But when we posted about it on our Facebook page - some of you were not happy, and leapt to the estate boozer’s defence.

Vikki Copeland: “Went in here for years in the 80s, was always a great night, definitely wouldn't class it as rough!!” 

Simon Boardman: “Had some good times in that pub back in the day.” 

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Karen Shanahan: “This was a fantastic pub down to earth people came here.” 

Jerry Obeney: “As a student in the early 70’s I used to have a pint in there at lunchtime. Always seemed peaceful then.” 

Elaine Leonard Middleton: “Used to go in here in my college lunch breaks many many moons ago and it was ok back then.”

Stuart Williams: “Loved the Flemish. I used to play for the darts team in the local Monday league. We were bobbins but it was a top nobble. Had loads of mint nights in there when Pat & Carol ran it back in the 90's. I don't think it was rough at all. If you drank in the area and you was a bit of a muppet then yes it could quickly come on top for you. My memory is that a lot of great people drank in the local pubs...The Flemish Weaver included.”

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Glenda Moran: “Me dads local, wasn’t rough at all, needs to re open.”

Pauline Gillibrand: “I loved this pub and I didn't think it was rough.”

Bob Jones: “Used to drink in there with the father in law, back in the 80s, considering I was a Police officer and a Scouser, never had a problem.”

Some of you did have funny anecdotes though… if you’re telling the truth. 

Paul Kelly: “I went in the Flemish Weaver once, One of the punters had a goat on a lead.”

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