10 of the best proper pubs in Newcastle
Tyne Bar

Fancy a refreshing pint of lager, a locally brewed craft ale or just a good old chinwag with a friendly local over a packet of pork scratchings?

Then you’ve come to the right place as Newcastle has an abundance of proper pubs to chose from.

After much deliberation (and a LOT of research!) Life in Geordieland‘s Rachel Kershaw has picked out ten of the best.

The Cumberland Arms

This traditional pub is tucked away in Ouseburn, a thriving corner of Newcastle, bursting with creativity. There really is something for everyone at The Cumberland, seven real ale hand pulls, an award winning reputation for cider, delicious home made bar snacks and regular live music events. There’s a welcoming open fire to keep you warm on cold winter evenings and plenty of space for outdoor drinking when the sun shines.

James Place Street, NE6 1LD, Tel: 0191 265 1725, www.thecumberlandarms.co.uk

The Free Trade

This Geordie favourite has arguably one of the best views of the Quayside, grab a seat at one of the outdoor tables and you’ll be able to see the Gateshead Millenium Bridge, The Sage, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and all the way down to the iconic Tyne Bridge. Thankfully this spectacular outlook will distract you from the pub’s rather run down interior but why would they want to waste money on decoration when the locals love it just as it is. There’s 13 beer pumps split between keg and cask, not to mention a wide selection of bottled ales and ciders. If you’re a cat lover be sure to say hello to the resident moggy, Craig David, he can usually be found asleep on top of the free juke box.

St Lawrence Rd, NE6 1AP, Tel: 0191 265 5764, website

Tyne Bar

Tyne Ext
Credit: The Tyne Bar

Another gem in the area of Ouseburn, Tyne Bar ticks all the boxes of what a proper pub should be. It’s welcoming, friendly and without pretence. It hosts regular beer festivals, barbeques and summer parties with live music always playing a key role in the proceedings. Thanks to the unique location of the Tyne Bar’s outdoor stage, underneath the Glasshouse Bridge, you can expect an acoustic experience to rival any indoor venue.

1 Maling Street, NE6 1LP, Tel: 0191 2652550, www.thetyne.com

Bridge Tavern

Bridge Tavern Interior
Photo: Rachel Kershaw

This is a recent addition to Newcastle’s pub scene, but it’s already got a prestigious gold award to its name for ‘Tourism Pub of the Year’. You could easily walk past this pub without giving it a second glance, especially as it still carries the old name above the door, Newcastle Arms, but step inside and you’ll uncover a real treasure. There’s a micro brewery on the premises, brewing bespoke real ales which are served directly to the pulls and their home made pork scratchings alone are worthy a visit! If you want some fresh air, no need to stand out in the street, there’s a roof bar and terrace nestled underneath the Tyne Bridge.

7 Akenside Hill, NE1 3UF, Tel: 0191 261 9966, www.thebridgetavern.com

The Bodega

One of several excellent puns run by the Sir John Fitzgerald group of public houses across the city and probably the most beautiful. The interior has a traditional Victorian feel with a long bar, stained glass domes and elaborately tiled floors. More importantly, the Bodega knows exactly how to keep real ale lovers happy, it’s been named CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2005, 2014 and 2015.

125 Westgate Rd, NE1 4AG, Tel: 0191 221 1552, www.thebodeganewcastle.co.uk


Part of the same family as The Bodega but with a rather different look. There’s a subtle grand ocean liner theme in this city centre pub and a nod to the region’s ship building past in the art work that adorns the walls. Add to that a true commitment to quality ales and fine wines and it all adds up to rather sophisticated drinking experience in the heart of Newcastle.

42-48 High Bridge Street, NE1 1EW, Tel: 0191 261 1008, www.thebacchusnewcastle.co.uk

The Broad Chare


When the sign outside says ‘proper pub, proper beer, proper food’ you know you’re on to a winner! Broad Chare is just a stone’s throw from the famous Quayside and the building is full of character and history with sumptuous furnishings that make you feel at home as soon as you enter. Food and drink are treated with equal reverence and the bar snacks are some of the best in the city. Enjoy local Lindisfarne oysters, perfectly cooked scotch eggs and mouthwatering pork pies which can all be washed down with the Broad Chare’s own-label brew, The Writer’s Block.

25 Broad Chare, NE1 3DQ, Tel: 0191 211 2144, www.thebroadchare.co.uk

The Forth

One of the nearest pubs to the rail station and the first place you should head for if arriving in to Newcastle by train. The Forth has a roaring log fire and a real laid back feel that makes you want to stay all day. The bar offers 10 speciality beers and ciders and five carefully kept real ales, it’s all about quality, not quantity here. The team at The Forth are absolutely fastidious about their choice of drinks and have worked hard to earn the Cask Marque accreditation.

Pink Lane, NE1 5DW, Tel0191 232 6478, www.theforthnewcastle.co.uk

The Strawberry

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The Stawberry is a legendary Newcastle United themed pub, so close to St James’ park that it stands in its shadow! No surprise then that it’s popular on a match day when you’ll certainly struggle to find a seat but it’s well worth a visit on any day of the week. Grab a spot at the bar, order a Newcastle Brown Ale and let the locals regale you with stories of The Magpie’s history.

7-8 Strawberry Place, NE1 4SF, Tel: 0191 232 6865, www.thestrawberrypub.co.uk

Lady Greys

This rather sophisticated pub couldn’t be more different to its previous incarnation, The Adelphi. After a massive refurbishment a few years ago the venue was transformed from a back street boozer popular with rowdy footy fans to a classically British bar with high-end fixtures and fittings. There’s a strong emphasis on local produce, from fine cask ales brewed in the North East to cheese boards filled with the finest Northumbrian cheeses.

20 Shakespeare Street, NE1 6AQ, Tel: 0191 232 5932, www.ladygreys.co.uk

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