The Free Trade Inn, St Lawrence Rd., Byker,(Tel:0191 2655764) is one of what is known as the 'Ouseburn Pub Trail'. It consists of 6 old watering holes within easy walking (or in my case hobbling) distance of each other. What a good idea!
With a magnificent view up the Tyne of its Millenium, Tyne, Swing, and High Level bridges. Particularly from the pub's little summer garden.
The Free Trade Inn is over 100 years old and looks it! As does it's furniture and decor, although I've got to admit the beer was OK. The Jarrow Old Cornelius, a fine dark porter I tasted, was spot on.
The old pub is having, or has just had, (depending of course on when, if ever, you read this), its Ist ever beer festival (of 20 or more proper swallies) on the 6th-8th March 2009. Featuring High House Farm, Jarrow Brewery, Wentworth, Mordue, Leeds, Titanic, Wylam etc. etc. etc. Mien got und himmel! I'm salivating at the gob just thinking about it!!
You must do your best and I mine, to attend this auspicious occasion.
See you there!
To visit the website click the link The Free Trade Inn, St Lawrence Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1AP Tel. 0191 265 5764