Visited in February 2016. Part of the Head of Steam group. Has a stripped down, slightly shabby feel. Thatís not to say itís an unappealing ambience, just, latís say, well-worn. Part of the Head of Steam group, so you might find a token Camerons beer here but the main focus is on craft and "modern" beers. The beer range was decent - 7 casks, a few crafts kegs (didnít count) and a quite extensive selection of maybe 100+ bottles (didnít look too closely). Brewers represented on the taps included Wylam, Fyne Ales and Magic Rock. Only one new beer for me but itís certainly a solid selection. Chatty, enthusiastic and clued up service. Maybe not an essential stop, given the quality of the opposition in Newcastle, but well worth a look.
Tilleys Bar has been stripped out and painted in an airforce blue / grey colour throughout. Despite being open plan it has a number of separate areas - a raised platform with wooden tables and chairs, a snug, a few sofas in one part and booths in the main bar (which was very cold), helpfully fitted with plug sockets and USB points. The decor feels a bit tired but the beer list was very good. There were seven casks, three kegs and a fridge full of bottles. We didnít eat there but the American-inspired menu looked quite nice.
(Visited 11 February 2016).
Iíve visited a few times, and never really been impressed. Positives: friendly easy going atmosphere, homely fee, staff usually helpful. good selection Negatives: beer not always in good nick, not cheap. At least theyíre trying. Beer condition is my main quibble.
A great place for enjoying good beer. It has the cosiness of a proper pub, which I much prefer to the trendy bars in town even if it is a bit scruffy. The selection is very good on cask and keg, while the bottle selection was pretty outstanding. I was pretty happy with the prices too.
Fin (1113) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 1, 2014
We visited here on Wednesday 1st October 2014. As others mention this does have a slightly worn, dare I say tatty, feel about it. Its easy to find on a hill heading up town and close to the Bodega. The bar is a large oblong with the actual bar being ahead and to your left as you enter (not sure if there we two entrances but we took first entrance walking up from town) Seats and sofas and tables are all around the outside which is set out in an L shape arrangement around the bar. Beer choice is good, it appeared to be mostly cask but they had some Octoberfest German beers on keg. The chap who served us was very chatty and friendly. I quite liked this bar, I can imagine it would be popular with the student crowd, though when we entered it was just us and a couple of old fellas. I had Allendale Export stout which if truth be told was past its best and I probably should have taken it back, it was however drinkable and having just listened to the friendly chap behind the bar telling me how good it was and the flavours it has, actually made me feel slightly awkward about returning it, I wouldnít normally feel like that and am quite happy to return beer, but I grinned and beared it on this occasion and whilst not top notch it was still drinkable. I think this place will need to up its game as there appears to be quite a few new kids on the block that are offering more than this place is doing. Bottled beer range is good but some are really quite pricey, I love Rochefort 10 but it was well over £7 a bottle here as I recall which seems really rather steep to me.
A very odd bar, bit of a dive, bright and large with hipsters, backpackers and families all drinking together. Tap list is decent, huge bottle list and prices that are a slight height. Food is crazy cheap though, but I didnít eat. Overall, a place I could waste a lot of time in.
Tilleys very much has the feel of a student hang-out. The difference being the crazy selection of beers. A heap of local stuff on cask and a variety of craft beer on Keg. The bottle selection is the best in town and includes a few beers made exclusively for them. You can take away anything on the bottle menu. Good menu was absurdly cheap. The decor is a bit rough around the edges, but do I really care? No. A surprisingly good place.
Casual, laid back, and more a North American bar than an English pub. The music they played was good when we were there. Friendly unpretentious service. Solid beer with lots of local offerings and good selection of Belgian and North American brew. Like this place.