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What are some nice friendly real ale pubs to have a meal in?

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What are some nice friendly real ale pubs to have a meal in?

And preferably ones where everyone won't turn round and stare because I'm a southerner. :p

This is my first time in Newcastle, I'm staying at the Royal Station Hotel (so preferably somewhere not too far from there), and need somewhere to have my evening meal - pubs being my usual choice; not sure what time, so food served all day would be good. :)

Kent, UK
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1. Re: What are some nice friendly real ale pubs to have a meal in?

I like pubs with a bit of history btw. :)

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2. Re: What are some nice friendly real ale pubs to have a meal in?

weatherspoons look up the union rooms is opposite the hotel or the Railway behind the hotel, but their is plenty of choice anyway,

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3. Re: What are some nice friendly real ale pubs to have a meal in?

If you walk along to the castle, cross the High Level Bridge to the Gateshead side (you may recognise it if you've ever seen Get Carter), and turn left just as you get to the railway arches, before the main road, you'll find The Central. Sould take five to ten minutes. Fits all your bills, and specialises in local ales. I think you'll like it. A lot. I do.

(If you get thirsty on the way, pop into The Bridge, on the Newcastle side of the High Level Bridge).

John

Edited: 1:06 pm, May 29, 2012
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4. Re: What are some nice friendly real ale pubs to have a meal in?

The Forth or the Town Wall. Both close to the Station

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5. Re: What are some nice friendly real ale pubs to have a meal in?

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check them out. :)

Newcastle, UK
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6. Re: What are some nice friendly real ale pubs to have a meal in?

The CAMRA Pub of the year is "The Bacchus" on Highbridge, again less than 10min stroll from your hotel.

They do food during the day.

Also, for decent beer forget about Wetherspoons!

Try

The Newcastle Arms on St. Andrews St.

The Bodega on Westgate Road

The Crown Posada on Quayside

Brew Dog on Dean St.

Free Trade Inn (15 min walk along the quayside, best views in Newcastle)

In fact that's a decent pub crawl all do-able on foot :-)

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7. Re: What are some nice friendly real ale pubs to have a meal in?

Thats very nearly my regular Saturday night route gst1

Kent, UK
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8. Re: What are some nice friendly real ale pubs to have a meal in?

Thanks, I'll check those out too. :)

I've always found the beer in the various Whetherspoons I've been in to be good quality. A lot (all?) of their pubs are Casque Marque accredited.

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9. Re: What are some nice friendly real ale pubs to have a meal in?

Dont think anyone has mentioned the bridge next to the high level bridge behind the central station, someone has said the crown posada check this pub out for the architecture alone, also will second the opinion on the bachus and duke

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10. Re: What are some nice friendly real ale pubs to have a meal in?

Cask Marque is a training program for staff, generally it doesn't signify the quality of the beer being served.

The winners of the local CAMRA pub of the year for the last 10 years or so haven't been associated with Cask Marque.

I'm not saying all C.M pubs don't keep beer well, but I take their accreditation with a pinch of salt.

Enjoy it, and dont forget to try some of the new Craft Keg stuff hitting the taps in the Bacchus

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