Pub, inn, tavern of saloon – it’s easy to become attached to your local. Whatever the season, the humble British pub is a much-loved gathering point; there’s nothing quite like a busy beer garden when the sunshine decides to show its face during summer or huddling around a pint when the nights draw in. You’re spoilt for choice in NewcastleGateshead when it comes to finding a great pub. Whether you’re after somewhere to cosy up with your preferred tipple, watch the match with your friends or enjoy a good Sunday Lunch – NewcastleGateshead has it covered.
Hard as it was to choose from the great selection on offer - we’ve come up with a Top Ten list to help you out…
Overlooking the Ouseburn – The Cumberland Arms is a unique pub frequently bursting at the seams with folk musicians, spoken word events and comedy. Whatever the weather, visitors can enjoy good beer and good food on the terrace or cosy up inside with a board game by the fire. Oozing with character, the relaxed, informality is charming. The Cumberland Arms, which first opened its doors in 1898, continues to be an unmissable stop on any pub crawl.
The unusual shape of this restored listed building makes The Central a quirky place to enjoy a drink. Situated in Gateshead a short walk from the Tyne Bridge, punters will be impressed with the excellent pub grub and range of beverages to suit all tastes. Live music often accompanies your relaxed Central experience.
3. The Forth and The Town Wall
It’s hard to choose between The Forth and The Town Wall so why not stick them both on the list? Neighbouring pubs situated a stone’s throw from Central Station, you can even roll from one establishment to the other! A perfect blend of traditional pub, lively atmosphere and top-quality food and drink secures these two pubs a place in our Top Ten. The ideal Friday-night, post-work drinking hole, you’ll often find hordes of professionals heralding the weekend. Fact fans might like to note that The Town Wall site is mentioned in chronicles dating back as early as 1280 – there’s something to drop in while sipping your next pint.
Situated between the stanchions of NewcastleGateshead's iconic Tyne Bridge, The Bridge Tavern is not to be missed.
With a smart interior, an on-site micro-brewery, brewing bespoke real ales which are served directly to the pump, and an emphasis on seasonal comfort food with a local twist - this pub has really hit the ground running. A welcome addition to our city's nightlife and our top ten list.
5. The Tyne Bar
Often referred to as Newcastle’s best kept secret, this little pub has big character and sits right on the riverside. This popularity of this gem has grown and grown, recognised as a must-visit pub on the alternative scene. Famed for their BBQs, ludicrously good deals (including Free Food Tuesdays!) and uber-kitsch outdoor glitterball, The Tyne Bar’s huge outdoor spaces and regular events make it another champion in Ouseburn!
The Free Trade Inn sits in a prime location to survey the quayside with the perfect vantage point overlooking NewcastleGateshead’s most iconic vista. This great pub oozes character and certainly has the charm to win the hearts of many a Geordie. With traditional décor, a great selection of local ales and lagers, regular music events, and a great outdoor area – this pub ticks all the boxes.
The paint is still wet on the recently refurbished Chilly (as it has been dubbed by locals). This traditional, informal pub has great character and with its updated décor and friendly service, this is the ideal local to watch the match or test your wits in its famed pub quiz.
Hidden behind the Bigg Market – The Old George claims to be the oldest pub in Newcastle dating back to the 16th Century. Steeped in history with tell-tale low beamed ceilings and cavernous open fireplaces, this classic pub is not what you would expect when uttering the words “the Bigg Market.” Whether you sip your beer outside under a canopy of twinkling lights or enjoy your tipple of choice in the snug, low beamed rooms there is something for everyone at The Old George. It has multiple personalities providing a great opportunity to dance on a Friday and Saturday night or tuck away in one of the corners to enjoy a more leisurely drink. This is also an ideal spot to enjoy your Sunday lunch.
9. The Badger
Travel further afield to Ponteland and you'll find The Badger which is a rustic countryside pub and the perfect choice if you want to head out of the city at the weekend or as your first stop straight from arriving at the nearby international airport! Cosy, classy and very welcoming, The Badger serves high-quality food and drink which you can savour beside a roaring fire or in the sunshine of its beer garden. Top tip: make sure you book a table for Sunday Lunch.
Famed for burgers, being dog-friendly and having a vast array of whisky, The Brandling Villa has a relaxed feel and is a short stroll from South Gosforth’s metro. The Brandling Villa’s famous burger menu includes the hilariously named “The Day Ant Finally Ate Dec” and “The Dirty Thoughts of Cheryl Cole.” The latter is not for the faint-hearted and includes a sausage roll with the rest of the more commonplace components of this burger. You may also be surprised at how doggy-friendly The Brandling Villa is – so much so, your prize pooch has the pick of its own Dog Menu. PS not to be confused with The Brandling Arms - another brilliant pub just around the corner in Gosforh, why not just try both?
There are too many to choose from and one person’s favourite drinking hole is very different to another’s. Let us know where you like to frequent or which pubs you might have stumbled upon (into) on a visit to NewcastleGateshead.