the Rockliffe Arms

the Rockliffe Arms, Whitley Bay: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, the Rockliffe Arms Reviews: 3.5/5

the Rockliffe Arms
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3.5
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Tom B
6 contributions
End of night visit
Aug 2021 • Friends
20 in the party invaded this small pub after a great Indian meal at the Shampan. Great selection of real ales. Quiz was on but still space for all. I wish I lived locally as this is a pub well worth a visit.
A great pub to visit at anytime
Written August 18, 2021
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NewcastleSusieq
Newcastle185 contributions
Not quite 5 star
Sep 2020
The positives - staff very pleasant and very well prepared for Covid rules.- and one great prawn dish
Less good - Chicken Kiev was very greasy and coating became mushy - think it may have been fried not oven cooked. Calzone pastry not crispy and Kleftiko a bit thin. All edible but just not 5 star.
Written September 19, 2020
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DaveWB999
Whitley Bay, UK54 contributions
Great Pub
Aug 2020
This is a typical old fashioned pub, good service, decent choice of drinks and friendly staff. If you are expecting load music you'll be disappointed. This is the sort of pub where you can talk to each other without shouting.
Written August 17, 2020
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1970doris
Whitley Bay, UK222 contributions
Just what a pub should be
Feb 2020 • Friends
We all love a gastro pub and a hipster bar but let’s face it sometimes all you really want is a good old “pub”.

Look no further ...

Warm welcome
Good ales
A nice red wine
Tv for catching the sport
Meat draw & a domino card
Welcoming for well behaved dogs

Perfect for a pint and a relax
Written February 12, 2020
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Yorkterrier01
York, UK2,351 contributions
Not too bad
Apr 2019 • Family
I came in here for a wake. The food was quite good albeit I am not sure if it was done in the pub or bought in. Definitely a locals pub as trying to park around here (without paying) is very difficult
Written June 29, 2019
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Norman H
9 contributions
Limited Choice
Dec 2018 • Friends
Been a while since we used this bar but I don't think we'll be rushing back soon. Why? Real ales were available - providing you like blondes and pales. That was the choice. Why no ambers or darker ales? Why just hoppy and citrusy? No little bottles of prosecco for the lady. Not even a glass of prosecco, or chardonnay. Again, where's the choice?
As a last resort I chose a Guinness, the bar man pulled half and let it stand to settle. took my money, gave me change and served another customer. I waited until he saw me standing and, with an enquiring look, he asked what I wanted. Clearly he'd forgotten my drink still on the drip tray. He thought that was funny.
Shoddy, poor service. Was once a good pub...not now, not for me.
Written December 14, 2018
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Topman4
Whitley Bay, UK475 contributions
Great old fashioned bar.
Oct 2018 • Friends
I visit regularly when in the area. You can always get quality beer at a good price. A great place to watch football on tv. Service is always excellent. Good choice of real ales from the local Kings Brewery. A proper pub with good atmosphere. It’s away from the crowds and popular with locals and visitors alike.
Written November 8, 2018
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caz and ian
Whitley Bay, UK481 contributions
Smelly
Oct 2018 • Friends
We went here as a family after a meal as it has a reputation as a good local pub. Although staff were friendly and drinks good we left after one drink. The smell was terrible. Without stereotyping it was like a pub frequented by dirty old men. That unwashed uncared for smell. It was like it hadn't been cleaned for weeks.
As a group we won't be returning.
Written October 13, 2018
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rademaker45
Whitley Bay, UK1 contribution
Dog friendliness impacts on human friendliness
Apr 2018 • Friends
The Rockcliffe is a comfortable local pub with a good atmosphere. Service is quick and efficient. They always have a range of four real ales available that are kept in excellent condition. They have a house Ale, The Rock, and the choice of the other three ales changes every one or two days. There is a good choice of wines and spirits to suit all tastes.
All in all, very good so why am I awarding a poor rating. One word, "canines".
I have been visiting the Rockcliffe for over twenty years. There have always been dogs. They occasionally were a nuisance by lying across doorways or barking but the situation was tolerable.
This all changed over the last 3 or 4 years. Now there are a lot more dogs, even dogs at peak times when the pub is busy. The Rockcliffe is a small pub and there have been times when I have counted at least six dogs on the premises. With so many dogs it is impossible to sit far from the smell of dogs and there have been occasions when the smell of dog has overpowered the taste of my beer and I have had to leave with a drink unfinished.
While dog numbers have increased, dog supervision has decreased. it is common for people to bring their dogs into the Rockcliffe then ignore the dog, letting it wander about off leash invading the personal space of customers who may or may not welcome dog intrusion. In this case the dog smell comes to you so there is no avoiding it.
Unpleasant dog behaviour is accepted without comment or censure. The owners of noisy or aggressive dogs should be treated the same way as any noisy or aggressive human and asked to leave.
The worst dog related issue of all is that over the past year or two, dogs have been allowed to sit or lie on the fabric seating and dogs on seats have become increasingly common. People are free to do what they want in their own homes but this is a public place. When I sit down in The Rockcliffe, I am acutely aware that I am sitting on a dog's bed and that is not something I want to do.
The staff in the Rockcliffe should try to remember that they serve a cross section of society and not all of their customers want to act as unsolicited dog sitters for people who want to let their dog wander about unsupervised.
I understand that I may be hoist by my own petard here and be encouraging more dog owners to visit because I may have, inadvertently, made the Rockcliffe sound like a doggie paradise. People are free to make their own minds up.
Written June 1, 2018
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Craig S
222 contributions
Good old fashioned local
Aug 2017 • Friends
It's a lovely old fashioned pub. They sell alcohol lol.
The staff are always friendly. There is a small beer yard... not so much a garden.
Decent range of beers.
Always worth a visit.
Written August 10, 2017
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