The 'roughest' Greater Manchester pubs according to punters - and one Salford boozer takes notorious prize

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It’s a title some pubs might wear as a badge of honour. And a simple tweet, if that’s what they’re still called, has crowned the roughest boozers in the land. 

@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 on X, formerly Twitter. 

Many Mancs joined in the debate and one pub got more mentions that most - The Flemish Weaver. 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. 

Those who picked it as the roughest pub around had plenty to say. 

@mofanning said: “Only sold pints (or warm white wine for the ladies) and you couldn't leave in one piece without buying at least one item from a range of Adidas sports bags. I lived in the tower block, so was my local and kept me in Cypriot Bensons for years.”

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

@willriley100 said: “Was working in the flats over the road, nipped in for a pint at dinner. There was a ‘gangland’ funeral wake on. Bad.”

@PaulGilligan18 said: “Quickest pint ever drank!”

@1daverap said: “Flemish Weaver, the Woodman and the Paddock were all a bit wild in the 90s.”

Plenty of other boozers got mentions - quite a few in Salford including The Broadway and The Kenyon Arms. 

Users also pointed to Billy Greens in Collyhurst and the George and Dragon on Ardwick Green - although punters clearly had different opinions on what made a ‘rough’ pub. The full thread is well worth your time.