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Some essential shopping at the Metro Centre brought Cask Task, by chance, to the Skiff Inn. It turned out to be an interesting hour or so. The pint of Directors went down well too!
Established around 1800, just off the banks of the Tyne, the Skiff (an ancient full size racing skiff row boat hangs from the ceiling) is certainly worth a visit. The Italian owner, 'Papa Joe', entertained us with much of the history of the place and its association with the early days of skiff racing dominated nationally by a Geordie skiff fellow called Harry Clasper. Apparently crowds turned out in their thousands on both sides of the 'big river' to watch the races.
The Skiff Inn was welcoming, busy and comfortable for both drinkers and diners.
The Courage Directors was accompanied by Marston's Pedigree. Both real ales in excellent nick. A pity there's only the two on.
Given the chance we'd certainly call again.