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Flying Horse and other pubs

Post  Hinch on Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:43 pm


Not been in for a couple of years but popped in today to meet an old friend. It was very quiet but what a great line-up of beers! 6 or 7 on handpumps.

I had two local brews; the Phoenix Arizona from Heywood and the Bluestone from Whitworth which I have not tried before and was really cheap at £1.95. Rest of beers priced from £2.30 - £2.80. Both in great condition.

I must go in one evening soon and do a full review. I hear that the food is good also.

I used to go in fairly regularly but it went through a bad patch and the beer quality was variable but there has been a real improvement. Mind you, The Baum has hopefully made a few up their game and not before time.

Blue Pits in Castleton also looks great after a refurbishment. I enjoyed a nice couple of pints with Old Regurgitator the other week. Staff very friendly and welcoming with free tasters offered.


Far too many good pubs closed in recent years. Let's hope that the tide is on the turn.
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Post  johnb on Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:10 pm



Excellent pub for live music too - and the bands get paid!
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Post  Hinch on Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:40 pm

I was always put off going in years ago by the sight of two huge bouncers on the door but I suppose they are an ever-present fixture now of town centre pubs.
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Post  johnb on Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:10 pm



There to ensure the safety of the punters...

Sign of the times as you say.

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Post  Hinch on Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:57 pm

Sadly, my concerns re bouncers are based on personal experience. For a few years I was in charge of a trauma ward specialist in head injuries in Cardiff on night duty. Many of the punters came in after a night out with suspected fractured skulls and various other injuries. A very worrying proportion of these were caused by door security staff.

Hopefully the training and licencing has improved, BUT I heard a story about one leaping off a table and drop-kicking a customer who was sat down enjoying a drink. This happened in Rochdale only a few weeks ago. Evidently it was a case of mistaken identity, but I don't think this was reported to the Dibble.

Also heard another recent story of bouncers looking on disinterested as a young lad was being kicked in the face as he lay on the ground only a few yards away.

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Post  cyfrifia on Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:59 pm

Alcohol based night life seems to feature a lot of head injuries. Bouncers should be trained to minimise them. Broken arms and legs may be more painful due to remaining conscious, but they are more easily fixed.

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Re: Flying Horse and other pubs

Post  Hinch on Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:59 pm


From my days in the clubs in the forlorn hope of 'copping off'; admittedly long gone, there was nothing more that the bouncers enjoyed than piling in on some hapless, inebriated teenager who was wearing the wrong coloured socks or had the merest hint of an attitude problem and kicking his head in. (Memories of The Chambers)

Once they had made their perks selling pass-outs, the chance of a good, one-sided punch-up seemed an ideal way to round off an otherwise uneventful shift.

Later on of course; certainly in the cities, door staff were often provided by criminal gangs as part of a protection racket which is the main reason they bought in licensing. 

Wanted: Fit young men with No 1 haircuts and tattoos for door security work. Certificate in martial arts essential. Must provide own black bomber jackets, have aggressive stance, chew gum and have eyeballing skills.
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Post  cyfrifia on Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:14 pm

It's a pity to see the Baum pub has been robbed.
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/local-news/cctv-shows-burglar-breaking-baum-6558578
And especially upsetting when it's someone who knows the code for the burglar alarm.

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Post  Atlas on Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:17 am

The code should be changed on a regular basis so as to avoid disgruntled staff or others from passing it on - or using it themselves for nefarious activities. Although to be honest it should be relatively easy to discover who has given it out unless it is previous staff from eons ago. Does not the licensee live on the premises? If not then it is bad practice to give the code to anyone else under any circumstance. Careless if you ask me. Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes 
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