Thursday, 29 January 2009
My kind of pub is this. Loads of friendly atmoshere. A small bar. An ancient black oven and fire range blazing away(as my parents and grandparents had in the 40's and 50's) and 4 real ales on tap. I could have moved in!!
In an isolated region near Fencehouses and Great Lumley. If you like old pubs and good beer then here they are.
A Northumberland Ales Pit Pony went down a treat as I'm sure the Black Sheep, the Jarrow Brewery Rivet Catcher and the Courage Directors would have done too if I only had time.
Hurry back if you can Jack!
To check out their website click this link Smiths Arms, Brecon Hill, Castle Dene, Chester le Street
Monday, 26 January 2009
57, St. Andrew's Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 5SE . Tel (0191) 2602490
This is my local. Only 250 yards walk from my house (mind you I have to get the Metro from Heworth to the Haymarket) but there it is!
Right opposite the bus station, the Hotspur is popular with weekend shoppers but match days are unbelievable.Your pint is wedged under your chin. Its stowed off, absolutely heaving. Before and after kick off.
I know you may not believe this (stop sniggering at the back there) but I've enjoyed many a good pint of Courage Directors, amongst other ales, in here!
A good variety of ales, popular but more leisurely during the week, buzzing most evenings.
103 Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 7RY
Tel: 0871 917 0007
The Aletaster. I've never seen such a large selection of real ales in one pub. A proper feast for the the genuine drinker. If you can't find something to your liking here you never will!
I found the Marstons Pedigree and the Theakstons Old Peculiar both smashing.
A proper drinker's pub.
Parking at the rear if required.
the beaten track, this is a very popular and hospitable pub/rest with a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere.
There are three good real ales on offer.Courage Directors,Mordues Workie Ticket and Theakstons.
Nice open fire in the winter.
Waggon Inn, Galloping Green Road Gateshead, NE9 7XB
Originally, an old pub called The White Mare Pool, which was taken over by The Dixielanders, an extremely popular local singing /comedy ensemble(mainly Billy Martin and Bobby Hooper) who entertained me brilliantly on many an hilarious evening. Feeding the audience on........Drinks were supplied in large stone jugs, if prefered,to save you having to go to the bar too often.
What fabulous nights. Ah, happy days.
The old place was bought and completely demolished by the Fitzgerald group who then built a new place on the same site.
The Green as we know it today became my local until 1996, when I moved away. I still visit it today to enjoy one of its many real and guest ales.
I also still find it a most comfortable and attractive pub/restaurant and highly recommend it.
By the way there's a large, south facing,outside area for summer supping and an enormous car park.
Stocks mainly Jarrow Brewery beers. Had a couple of pleasant pints.
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
For instance the attractive restaurant section, by far the greater part of the pub, looks superb.
An ideal place to have your family, friends, fiance or for that matter your mistress out for a meal. In the summer it would be an smashing place to sit outsde, with a kids play area too.
On to my area. The bar is modern but comfortable, has a choice of 3 real ales and I must admit the Jennings Cross Buttocks, (Jennings do have some cracking names for their beers) a tasty dark sultry drink was lovely!
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
ALBION INN, Bill Quay, Gateshead, NE10 OTY. Tel:01914692418, Reay Street
Good old pub. A bit isolated but right on the bank of the 'Big River',with fabulous views of the Tyne.Superb ales,mainly from the Jarrow Brewery(Rivet Catcher etc.). Well worth a visit.Opens at 4pm during winter.
Alas now closed. What a shame. 25/1/2010.