I’d forgotten about this pub until a friend reminded me, so dropped in for a pint.
It’s a nice pub. Beautiful, Victorian architecture outside, traditional boozer (with Indian food!) inside. Friendly staff, clientele mixed- all ages and races, rather like the lovely White Lion. Sadly no ale, but here was proper Stella, which was fine.
I was ready to hate this, but thought one of my companions might like it, as she has a less grotty taste in pubs than I do. Hockley can be a bit of a game these days, what with The Rose Villa Tavern, and the increasing ‘cool’ of the area, so with that and the company that owns this (and its sister pub, The Red Lion, making a chain of 2) calling itself Urban Art Bar Group [shudder], I was ready for it to be replete with bell end hipsters (is there any other sort?).
Actually, I was pleasantly surprised. Inside, it looks like a pub. An actual pub. OK, there’s art on the walls, but it actually looks OK. The staff were friendly, efficient, and normal. The food was good, the ale was excellent (as per the reputation), and the music wasn’t some dreadful shite no-one would ever listen to for pleasure, and not so loud we couldn’t talk. The prices weren’t too bad either. There’s a big outside smoking shelter for those of you that might want it- with a TV (so we can get the two objectionable things in one place! (edit: there’s a TV in the bar too, but not the lounge)).
Best of all, the customers were normal too.
Just up the coast from Seahouses. I think the weather helped- warm and sunny. This is an inn, again, and a good amount of the inside is dining space, but it feels very pub-like, tidy and fresh but not devoid of character, and sat outside in the lovely beer garden, it felt almost like the perfect country pub. Landlord and staff were friendly, the food and beer was great, and generally this made for a lovely afternoon.
Pleasant traditional pub in the centre of town. Pleasant staff, good beer, and a decent lunch at reasonable cost. This place has rooms, too, but it’s very definitely a pub.
We stopped here for lunch after a walk up from Seahouses. Pleasant staff, decent beer, good food, and not too expensive, though our entire Northumberland trip was a bit pricey beer-wise. It’s very modern gastropub inside, clean, bright and stripped wood, but not unpleasant- and the nice man filled our water bottle for the journey back.
Opposite the Olde Ship, this seems to bask in the reflected glory: we went in because The Olde Ship was rammed, as did several others. It doesn’t have the olde-worlde charm, but it does have great beer and food, friendly staff, free wi-fi, and a great view over the harbour. Dog-friendly too. Like the ship, it’s got rooms, but both feel mostly like pubs.
The best known pub in Seahouses, and a probably for good reason. Inside it’s a maze of rooms, and most of them are decorated with an eclectic mix of maritime memorabillia. There’s great beer (both choice and quality), and good food, and the staff are friendly. There’s free wi-fi too, handy given the shaky Vodafone signal locally.
There’s actually only one problem: It’s far too popular!
We went in several times, but turned round and went to The Bamburgh Castle Inn over the road more times than we stopped, as we couldn’t get to the bar, never mind a table to eat, but I should point out they take reservations- so booking is adviseable.
But finally a ‘spoons in a place that has been crying out for one.
It’s now open as a pub, and they’ve done a great job. It’s still a ‘spoons, but the inside is pleasant, with deco touches, and there’s local ales from Beowulf & Backyard.
The view from the ladies’ toilet is rather nice too, featuring the original stained glass (I’m relying on female companions for this information) from what was, I believe, originally the cafe.
Staff were friendly too, and the place was very busy.
This place is legendary: it has the Sarah Hughes brewery attached, and appears on most CAMRA lists as one of those pubs you must visit. It’s traditional timewarp inside- really a step back in time- and the beer garden is a step back IMO too, but only 35 years or so, where the pub seems to add a hundred to that. Shortly, it’s fantastic. Great beer, friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere, cobs.
The latest in the Black Country Taverns chain, this is tucked down a pedestrianised street, just by the gates to St Peters Church.
There’s lots to recommend it: the landlord and landlady previously ran the Black Country Arms, and the owners generally do a good job.
It was quite nice too, but for some reason, it didn’t hit the spot for me, and I don’t know why: the beer was great (with a large selection of very well-kept ale), the welcome was fine, there wasn’t loud music, and there were cobs. The building is old- 16th century in places- and hasn’t been wrecked during the refurb, but for some reason, it seemed to lack something, like the BCA does for me. The worst thing is, there’s nothing wrong with it I can put down in words, I just felt more at ease in The Posada, just up the road, even though there’s so much right here.