Visited in Fabruary 2016 for the first time in many years. Part of the small Sir John Fitzgerald chain operating in and around Newcastle. One of the stalwarts of the Newcastle beer scene and still pretty sprightly even if itís more focused of traditional cask ales than new fangled "craft" keg. Plenty of interest on the ten handpumps, including local from the local Brinkburn Street & Credence breweries, whose beers we hadnít seen anywhere else. Itís a quite large Victorian (Iíd guess) pile thatís quite ornate in places but had a pleasingly lived in feel. Thereís some nice stained glass windows although they look more modern. It occupies an elevated position right next to the high level bridge with good views over the river, although navigation in these parts isnít always as straightforward as it may appear due to the differing street levels. Thereís a spacious terrace overlooking the river that would be a pleasant spot if the weather was clement (it wasnít). Still an essential stop on a Newcastle pub crawl.
A great place between the castle and the river with very interesting views. Itís rather genteel - polished wood panelling, comfortable seating and some lovely art deco style stained glass panelling in the windows capturing the essence of the area. The service was friendly, the beer range was excellent (there were ten interesting casks on offer) and the Bridge Hotel was, at this stage of our Newcastle trip, one of my favourite pubs although, as we were to discover, the competition is steep.
(Visited 9 February 2016).
Big well established Newcastle drinking barn. Usually a good selection, often with something out of the ordinary. Can get very busy, so canít comment on the staff knowledge, but they seem to be ever changing, and mainly from the local student body. Good place to gather for a night out, and if you can get a space outside on the rear patio in good weather, thatís a bonus.
Trad boozer by the high level bridge with a large front room with some partioning and a terrace outback over looking the river and Gateshead (you used to get a lovely view of the íyouíre a big man but youíre out of shapeí car park from Get Carter!) now demolished.
Normally half a dozen casks on with local options, Mordue and the likes.
Service always good even on a match day when the place can get busy.
Somewhere I always return to in Newcastle.