Pub, inn, tavern or 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 in the summer or huddling around a pint when the nights draw in. You’re spoilt for choice for best pubs and bars in NewcastleGateshead.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet pub cosy up with your preferred tipple, a lively bar to watch the match with your friends or somewhere to enjoy a good Sunday Lunch – NewcastleGateshead has plenty to choose from.

Discover our Top Ten list below…

1. The Cumberland Arms

The Cumberland Arms, which first opened its doors in 1898, continues to be an unmissable stop on any pub crawl. Overlooking the vibrant district of Ouseburn – The Cumberland Arms is a unique pub which is frequently bursting at the seams with folk musicians, spoken word events and comedy gigs.

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, informal setting is part of its charm.

2. The Central Bar

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 including craft ales and locally sourced beers.

Live music often accompanies your relaxed visit to The Central pub though you can also enjoy the rooftop bar during the summer months.

3. The Forth and The Town Wall

It’s hard to choose between The Forth and The Town Wall so we’ve cheated slightly and grouped these two fantastic pubs together. These neighbouring pubs in Newcastle are situated in Pink Lane; just a stone’s throw from Central Station. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even roll from one to the other within one evening!

The Town Wall is a spacious venue which captures the perfect blend of traditional pub sensibility with a lively atmosphere and top-quality food and drink as well as drinks sourced from the likes of Wylam Brewery. Less than 30 minutes across the road, The Forth is a cosy Friday-night, post-work drinking hole where you’ll often find hordes of professionals heralding in the weekend.

Fans of North East trivia will be pleased to learn 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.

4. The Bridge Tavern

Situated between the stanchions of NewcastleGateshead's iconic Tyne Bridge, The Bridge Tavern is not one to be missed. Now a vibrant and trendy pub with a smart interior and on-site micro-brewery, The Bridge Tavern brews bespoke real ales which are served directly to the pump.

There’s an emphasis on seasonal comfort food with a local twist though you’ll also find favourites such as hearty Sunday lunches alongside traditional dishes such as pies and fish and chips . Sip a wine on the outdoor terrace or cosy up on the sofa with a cider; the Bridge Tavern is truly one of the best new pubs on the Quayside.

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 in recent years and is often cited as a must-visit pub on the alternative scene.

Famed for their music scene, BBQs, ludicrously good deals (including Free Food Tuesdays!) and uber-kitsch outdoor glitterball in their heated outdoor area, The Tyne Bar’s sprawling space makes it a great spot for sunshine-filled Bank Holiday drinking!

6. Free Trade Inn

The Free Trade Inn , without a doubt, boasts the best views in Newcastle. Sitting in a prime location, The Free Trade offers the perfect vantage point to overlook NewcastleGateshead’s iconic vista. This small yet bustling pub oozes plenty of character and its friendly, local charm has won the hearts of many.

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. Head here on an evening to catch the stunning sunsets over the city while indulging in a refreshing pint.

7. The Chillingham

The paint is still wet on the recently refurbished Chilly, as it has been dubbed by locals but that doesn’t mean it is a pub any less deserving of a place in our list. This traditional, informal pub has great character which has made it popular with locals as well as the student scene.

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.

8. The Old George

Hidden behind the famous 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, there is something for everyone at The Old George. Dance the night away on a Saturday night before hitting one of the more lively clubs, or tuck away in one of the corners to enjoy a more leisurely drink. Why not grab a spot of Sunday lunch on a match day and soak up the atmosphere of this traditional Geordie pub?

9. The Badger

Travel further afield to Ponteland and you'll find The Badger ; a rustic countryside pub and the perfect choice if you want to head out of the city at the weekend.

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.

10. The Brandling Villa

Famed for belter burgers, its dog friendly menu and a vast array of whiskies, The Brandling Villa is a short stroll from South Gosforth’s metro and is one of the most popular pubs in NewcastleGateshead.

The Brandling Villa’s famous burger menu includes the hilariously named “The Day Ant Finally Ate Dec” and “The Dirty Thoughts of Cheryl Cole” (a burger with a sausage roll!) as part of its dining repertoire, as well as a delicious vegan menu and even dishes for dogs!  Don’t miss out on the weekly Pie Nights, Burger Thursday’s and the occasional Sausage Festival. The Brandling Villa is also host to one of the best pub quizzes in the North East.

While we’re on the topic, the Villa is not to be confused with The Brandling Arms - another brilliant pub just around the corner on Gosforth High Street, so why not just try both?

With so many great pubs to choose from in NewcastleGateshead, it’s almost impossible to choose; after all, 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 – or into - on a visit to NewcastleGateshead. We’re always looking for new pubs to make the list!




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