Bodega

Mayor: Grumbo (1) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 35
Sir John Fitzgerald
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
RichardW  (45) Carlisle, England | September 18, 2011
Another Newcastle gem, agai from the Fitzgerald’s chain, who can do little wrong. Beautiful airy long-roomed bar, with a fine domed, stained-glass ceiling. Very clean and tidy, modern, but with plenty of olde-world charm, including a handful of drinking booths. Great range of beers and the bottle range is building up slowly. Handy if you’re visiting Newcastle United’s football ground.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Grumbo  (558) Ipswich, England | May 17, 2018
Visited 9/5/2018. Not a bad place, certainly achieving its shabby/distressed interior look if that's what it's going for! Long main bar, ok beer selection, service fair. Don't do thirds, though the 2 halves I got had little more than a third in them even when making allowance for the 'Northern' serving style. Not sure it's one I'd be going back to given how many other choices there are in the City.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2  (125) , Norway | January 6, 2018
Visited on tour to 24 Northern counties with OGJ 05.01.18. Lage place, slightly worn interior. Eight ales on cask, seven of them served with sparkler.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
gunnar  (847) Sandnes, Norway | January 6, 2018
Almost next door to Tilleys bar, large place , with music as well, but at more reasonable level compared to Tilleys. Large room, bar to the right , 8 HP with a good selection , place seems a bit worn, but in a nice way.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub  (1238) Banbury, England | August 8, 2017
Quite a large pub close to Tilley’s bar but certainly quite different in character and atmosphere, this was pretty lifeless on our visit. Tired and a little bashed about inside with a dull feeling. There is a good range of beers to be had on both cask and in bottles.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
chriso  (733) London, England | March 25, 2017
Visited in February 2016. Part of the Sir John Fitgerald chain. It a big pub with impressive glazed cupolas in the roof but the decor feels a bit tored. Not in an actively unappealing way but, if you’re expecting something ornate you’ll be diappointed. The beer range is cask-centic with eight handpumps, mostly at the more interesting and of the spectrum. On this visit, they included beers from North Riding, Elland and Almasty. There are also a number of foreign bottles but I didn’t look at those. Well woth a visit.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Scotty001  (345) Portlethen, Scotland | November 10, 2016
Possibly the best of Fitzgerald’s chain, reasonably large establishment, well run with the usual local selection found in these bars.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Boudicca  (1244) London, England | October 26, 2016
The Bodega is a couple of doors away from Tilley’s Bar with the Tyne Theatre and Opera House sitting between them. It looks run down but somehow in a good way - a town pub, a bit rough round the edges and not at all what you’d expect a place called the Bodega to be like. Its charm comes mainly from two fabulous glass cupolas which give a sense of light and space. The service was friendly and there were eight casks on offer, about 35 bottles and a similar number of whiskies. (Visited 11 February 2016).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Clembo1957  (206) Smethwick, England | May 26, 2016
Longstanding quality pub a few minutes away from Newcastle Central Station. Good selection of real ales good service.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
WingmanWillis  (1750) , England | May 30, 2015
Huge single roomed wood panelled pub about 5 mins walk from Central station. Busy on a Saturday afternoon with sports fans. Good range of beer from the North East and Scotland. Well kept. Served really quickly despite being busy. Nice pub
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Fin  (1234) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 3, 2014
We visited here on Wednesday 1st October 2014. This bar was just up from Tilleys bar and the O2 Academy on Westgate Rd. A much larger place than you imagined it would be once you enter. The bar is on the RH side in the middle section of pub there was a good number of handpumps on (didn’t count) but looked about 7-8. The selection was good with new beers from Oakham and Allendale. We got chatting to two chaps by the bar so I was unable to take in a lot more. I understand this pub is the current CAMRA award winner in the city, the beers were both in excellent condition. This pub did have a nice interior but owing to talking too much, I am hard pressed to explain it. Service was good, staff and punters very friendly, another very good find in the city.

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