Public House Then & Now

The Flamingo

By Paul Mapes

Over the past few years we have seen the closure of many local public houses. The Flamingo on Oak Tree Lane closed around the time this photo was taken in December 2010. No doubt some people will possibly recall the Flamingo being built and opened, and have also enjoyed 'refreshment' there.  While the new establishment 'Farmfoods' still offers refreshment, it is mostly the kind to take home and put in the freezer or oven!

Photo:The Flamingo, Oak Tree Lane, December 2010

The Flamingo, Oak Tree Lane, December 2010

E. Thomas

Photo:Farmfoods May 2012

Farmfoods May 2012

P Mapes

This page was added on 15/05/2012.
Comments about this page

Many a good night spent in the Flamingo and afterwards into the steak bar next door [Flamingo Steak House ?] for a good steak, also it had a late licence so a few late drinks as well.

By jim cains
On 16/05/2012

There was only one problem with the Flamingo, the customers at closing time. On the Opposite side of the road on Kelstedge Drive, which was primarily flats in blocks of four with doors from the main road and on to the drive. At closing time many who lived on the estate used this as a shortcut always a little worse for drink and very noisy. Eventually the council put yale locks on the doors as it really upset the older residents.

By M G R
On 19/05/2012

The Flamingo was an established pub with a good reputation as having a good steakhouse and in later years a small dance area. For many years the surrounding area was heathland, it is unfortunate that over the passage of time the reputation of the pub and the facilities declined, in part due to the increase in social housing in close proximity. I have fond memories of my evenings there in the 80's .

By Julia Wright
On 27/03/2013

600k to build one of Holes show pubs, Frankie Vaughan opened it.  Remember when the bottom park was full of visitors buses. Also remember having to clean the copper tables in the spanish bar with half a lemon, I worked behind the bar having just moved in up the road in 1964. I watched it built, with the main road and huge car park it had much potential Sad its gone.

By PARSONAGE
On 05/07/2013

600K! I think you mean £60k Parsonage? It opened 27th May 1966. There was no grand celebrity opening on the night, just the chairman of Holes Brewery, Sir Oliver & Lady Welby. If Frankie did turn up he wasn't advertised. As you say, it was indeed a fine building with much potential at the time, licensed capacity when it opened was 220 persons and I think on many a night through the 60's & 70's that was exceeded. There was no 'food' provided to attract custom in those early days, it wasn't needed, people ate at home and went to the pub for a drink. No, the only additional draw were the 'turns' together with the innovative 'waterfall' in the Flamingo Lounge. Oh, and Richard Race from Rainworth playing the organ nightly!

By Berisford Jones
On 05/07/2013