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11 September 2023

How you responded to Twitter (sorry, X) challenge of 'what's the roughest pub you've ever been in?'

11 September 2023

A tweet from @ROUNDTHEBEND__ asking about the roughest pubs made a staggering five million impressions on X, formerly Twitter. Many users nominated The Flemish Weaver, built in the 1970s on Belvedere Road, as the roughest pub, although it was shut down in 2014. Users recounted experiences at the pub including gangland funeral wakes and quick pints. Other pubs in Salford such as The Broadway and The Kenyon Arms were also mentioned, alongside Billy Greens in Collyhurst and the George and Dragon on Ardwick Green.

The Sandringham, a traditional pub in the gentrifying area of Sandy Park Road, Bristol, continues to charm locals despite its bare rudimentary provisions. Having proudly stood for 125 years, this establishment spurns the gastropub trend, favouring a more old-fashioned approach with cheap pints and minimal food selection. The pub's authentic appeal is further strengthened with its array of diversions including an upstairs function room, skittle alley, dartboards, and a pool table. Homey touches such as local patrons known by name and a weekly meat draw offer an enticing window into a bygone era of the British pub culture.

The £50 million redevelopment scheme in Stretford has caused a split in opinion among local residents. The five-year plan includes the transformation of Stretford Mall and the town centre, introducing new waterfront bars and restaurants along the Bridgewater Canal, and the potential demolition of parts of the existing Mall. Reactions vary widely, with some older residents expressing reservations about the focus on bars and eateries, while others anticipate the arrival of more diverse shops and the boost to the local economy. The plans also involve the construction of 800 new homes, a mix of town houses and flats, plus spaces for shops, eateries, bars and educational facilities.

Two neighbouring Edwardian homes, formerly used as care homes, in the Erdington suburb of Birmingham are set to feature in an auction. The vacant houses, each with three bedrooms, are in need of renovation and have a guide price of £69,000 each. Located near the Gravelly Hill railway station, they present a great opportunity for first-time buyers with DIY skills, or landlords seeking to expand their portfolios, according to Jonathan Hackett of Bond Wolfe. The properties are among 180 lots in Bond Wolfe’s next auction.

Jet2 is launching holiday packages to Formentera, Spain, for summer 2024 from Newcastle International Airport. Between 16 May and 5 October, there will be weekly departures to the peaceful island 20km south of Ibiza, with transfers included in the prices. Travellers will fly to Ibiza before taking a coach and ferry to Formentera. Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, believes Formentera's tranquillity and unspoiled beauty will prove popular with customers seeking a summer getaway. This addition strengthens Jet2's summer programme, providing customers an increased choice of destinations.

Liverpool is renowned as a birthplace of numerous famous figures, including the Beatles and Jodie Comer. However, many don't realise that several celebrities, frequently mistaken for Scousers, originate from Wirral, across the water. Notable individuals such as Daniel Craig and Paul Hollywood were born or raised on this peninsula.

Toby Carvery on Bristol Road is a popular local meeting spot offering traditional Sunday lunch all week. With significant outdoor seating, a large car park, and a bar area, it caters to large crowds. Its midweek set menu provides good value for money but the beverages are pricy. The carvery, although crowded and messy, offers a range of options. Despite a less than stellar dining experience, the low prices and portion sizes continue to attract families.

Police have released video footage of two people fleeing the scene of the fatal stabbing of Ronaldo Scott in Brixton on 4 September. Authorities are urging those with any information to come forward. Witnesses can contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously or submit mobile phone, CCTV, doorbell, or dash-cam footage via a link for the investigation. Ronaldo, aged 21, died from multiple knife wounds despite the efforts of police and medics.

Recently, we've explored Birmingham's rich history, focusing on the city's life in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. This week, we delved into the pre-war era of the 1930s. Birmingham, one of the largest cities, experienced an economic boom during this period, with over 60,000 new homes built and the Institute of Fine Arts inaugurated. The accompanying photographs provide glimpses into 1930s Birmingham.

Admiral Taverns is seeking passionate and enthusiastic individuals to operate 13 pubs around Greater Manchester, according to Ceri Radford, Head of Recruitment and Operations Support. No prior experience is required as the company offers extensive knowledge and support to maximise the potential of the pub. Interested parties can contact 01244 321171 for more information.

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