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Tony Flynn (a man never needing an excuse to end up in a pub) took a look around The White Horse, Gilda Brook Road, Eccles, (or is it in Salford as some suggest?), as part of SalfordOnlines Pub Spotlight.

History With Flynn


The pub got serious media coverage when Bev Callard - of Coronation Street fame - was the landlady. 

Thankfully her grandiose ideas never really took off, and I am glad to say that it has returned back to being a proper pub. 

The new landlady Maria has done a grand job in reversing the pubs fortunes, the ill fated M30 restaraunt has been scrapped and the vault reinstated, complete with pool table, some rather posh card tables, apparently poker is a big draw at the pub, also Sky TV is on for the sports fans. 

The main room has been decorated throughout and is the venue for something diffrent most evenings, Tuesday is an open mic night with local musicians organising events, karaoke evenings, talent nights and the really popular Saturday evening cabaret nights, try and catch The Mere Cats, a rock and roll band who really raise the roof. 

If you get the chance try and get in on a Sunday afternoon. Firstly, Alex the award winning chef puts on a great Sunday dinner, and secondly music is provided by Roman, a keyboard/vocalist who has a huge following, mainly ex-locals from The Woolpack, Salford, who come along for a good old fashioned sing song. 

Whilst I was in I was amazed to watch local icon and singer "Pendleton Ernie", a sprightly 87 year old who certainly knows how to belt out the tunes getting the crowd up dancing. 

Mention must be given to Alex the chef who provides breakfasts seven days a week, and meals everyday until 7.00pm, ask him about his Gordon Ramsay connection, it's true believe me. 

Robinsons beer is on draught along with, lager, cider, guinness, wine, soft drinks, etc. 

Maria deserves a big round of applause for turning around a pub which to be honest was becoming more White Elephant than White Horse, so pop in for a pint, worth it just to see "Pendleton Ernie"!

Sadly the pub is no more and it is now a branch of Sainsbury's.


Tony Flynn

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