A History of ‘The Flyer’
First opened in 1691 on Rochdale’s most dangerous street, rebuilt in 1923 and reopened in 1926 the flying horse hotel is the oldest free house in Rochdale and was once the post office and court house.
By 1819 amenities included a dwelling house, brew house, garden and cottage, all leased to James Whitehead, innkeeper, of Packer Street…
In 1823 the committee appointed to gain a Police Act for the town met there, and in 1854 Rochdale’s first Revision Court was held on the premises. For many years the Magistrate’s Court sat at the Flying Horse, until the Police Court transferred to the Commissioner’s Rooms on Smith Street in 1854. Demolition of the old Flying Horse Hotel was recorded in the Rochdale Observer of 26th June, 1923.
It noted that with its disappearance went the “last building save one, of all those which in the days of our Great-Grandfather’s formed what was then known as Packer.” The present building, re-named the Flying Horse after a spell as ‘The Sports,’ opened in the summer of 1926 with landlord James Berry at the pumps…
When can I visit the Flyer?
We have implemented special measures to ensure that social distancing requirements are met when you’re drinking and/or dining at The Flying Horse. We will be operating at a reduced capacity, so to avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend that you book a table in advance using our online booking form.
12th April: Outside only
17th May: Inside
All hours are subject to change. Please recheck before you visit.
Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-11pm, Fri: 11:30am-1am, Sat: 10am-1am Sun: 10am-10pm