Thursday, 30 July 2009
Pity there's only 2 real ales on tap. Black Sheep and Lambtons, and the Black Sheep was murky to say the least! The Lambtons was an improvement, but the shine was knocked off the visit.
What a shame.
Nice pub though.
A terrific old stairway leads to a very impressive bar. And I mean impressive!
Wood everywhere, a U shaped bar and split level eating and drinking area. It must be seen to fully appreciate it. For gronks like me, not being able to manage the staircase, a huge lift takes you to the bar.The ground floor is of course inaccessible, being taken up by the most important part of the building. The brewery!
Sunday, 26 July 2009
What a delightful old building. The interior is really welcoming with a lovely proper pub atmosphere. I stood for some time at one of the bay windows just looking at the view up the old Tyne past the ferry landing. I had to congratulate Tony Shawcross, the owner, for making such a good job of the place.
Now to the real ale selection.
Unbelievable!! And all 9, yes 9, sittng there waiting to be supped.
Cumberland Ale, Hobgoblin, Jennings Cocker Hoop and Sneck Lifter, Banks Bitter and Original, Pedigree and on and on. Wake me up, I'm dreaming. Oh no, there's another room downstairs with umpteen more pumps!!
caught up and we had to move on.
One criticism. For the likes of me, the stairs were a small nuisance but it won't stop me from calling again.
A must for the real ale enthusiast.
The main bar. Real ale paradise!
The Steamboat was sampled by Cask Task some time ago, but as a beer festival was about to take place there the following week, it was decided to put the official visit off until then. What happened? We missed the bloody thing!
We happened to be passing that way today so the transport automatically turned in to Mill Dam. Cask Task was beaten to it by a funeral party -yes, a funeral party!
Not to be put off. Cask Task personel are made of sterner stuff, when 1st rate real ale is available, on we went. It has to be said at this point, that the selection of beers available was terrific and the boss man helpful and entertaining.
Eight pumps on deck, including Adnams Broadside, Moorhouse Black Cat, Theakstons Old Peculiar, Wells Bombardier, Deuchars IPA, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Abbot Ale and our piss artist off the telly, Morrisey and his pal Fox, had their Aussie IPA in there!
Not having tried it before, Morrisey and Fox's Aussie IPA was the first port of call in the Steamboat. What a beaut. Strong, but a really fruity and delicious pint. The Black Cat was totally different but a good dark drink. Such a good selection a few more could have went down no bother.
The pub itself is a proper boozer with the right atmosphere and a friendly bunch of real ale regulars.
Must call again.
On two levels, with the bar on the lower with four or five steps up to the second (and also note, the toilets. Not good for yours truly).
Still, although I found it a bit dim for my liking, a good welcome was given by the governor and a selection of 5 real ales was on offer.
Opting for the Green King LBW, I got on chatting to Tony, the boss, and it turns out there are regular bands and entertainment at the Riverside and he also has The Alum Ale House, another good real ale place, just along the road. So, along the road we go!
Friday, 24 July 2009
Friday, 17 July 2009
Originally a very old traditional boozer it used to be a once a week meeting place for a gang of us. It was always used for Xmas or any party for that matter. On quite a few, getting home was a bit of a mystery.
My recent visit found the place pleasantly extended to include a much improved eating area without spoiling the bar for the drinker. A good selection of real ales including Wentworth Rampant Gryphon, Thwaites Lancaster Bomber and Black Sheep among the choices which were changed regularly. Again nothing changed there as the beer I had, the Lancaster Bomber , was excellent. Another visit is on the menu and highly recommended.
The ale selection was always superb and with Workie Ticket, Landlord, Directors, Pedigree and Deuchars IPA on offer, that hasn't changed, but I only had time for one. What a pity the Workie Ticket I chose was a bit on the cloudy side. There's no excuse for that in a place like The Victory which was always top notch. A shame I didn't have the time to sort it out and left disappointed. I hope I was just unlucky as The Victory used to have such a good name for ale.