Welcome to

The Flying Horse Hotel

Founded 1691

Dine with Us

Our kitchen serves traditional home made meals all produced using the finest locally sourced ingredients along with an additional daily specials board.

Book a tableVisiting the Flyer

An Award Winning Pub

The Flying Horse has been included in the Good Beer Guide since 2002 and hosts a staggering range of traditional real cask ales and ciders, lagers and bottled ciders served by a team of friendly, professional and enthusiastic staff. We are also proud to be part of CAMRA’s Locale scheme. The pub recently won Rochdale. Oldham and Bury CAMRA pub of the year.

What's on tap?

Let Us Entertain You

The Flying Horse Hotel has a growing reputation as Rochdale’s number one live entertainment venue. Apart from being the only venue in Rochdale to host live music four nights a week we have also had some of the biggest names in comedy perform on our stage.

We are also the proud sponsor of the Rochdale ‘Feel Good festival’ which is Rochdale’s biggest music event and it happens right on our doorstep every summer. Artists that have played the Feel Good festival include The Fun Loving Criminals, Badly Drawn Boy, The Lightning Seeds, Martha and The Vandellas, The Bluetones, The Beat and many more.

In addition to the Feel Good festival The Flyer has also hosted it’s fair share of talent. Some of the big names to have played here over the years are Paul Heaton (The Beautiful South), The Animals, TFB, The Irish Rovers and comedians Justin Moorhouse and John Bishop plus many more local and national acts.

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?

Opening Hours

All hours are subject to change. Please recheck before you visit.

Pub Hours

Mon-Wed: 11:30am-11pm, Thur: 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-1am Sun: 10am-10pm

Food Hours

Mon-Wed: 11:30am-8pm

Thur-Sat: 10am-8pm

Sun: 10am-7pm