Although this bar/eatery is very close to Newcastle railway station it would be very easy to miss if you are new to the city. That would be a pity. Cross the road from the station entrance and head up the little lane (Pink Lane) that slopes up on your left. You will see 'The Forth Hotel' on your right - 'The Town Wall' is immediately opposite. It doesn't have a lot of signage and you could be forgiven for thinking that its an office building, however the A-board outside should guide you in.
It is a big pub (I imagine it could hold 400-plus customers) with a central bar serving all quarters of the establishment. Good choice of real ales (many from the north-east - check out their house bitter, 'The Toon Waal') and selection of quality lagers and ciders. Busy, busy place but with a pleasant relaxed atmosphere.
The menu is presented on a clipboard, showing the permanent offer and the day's specials. It is 'pub grub' but quality with plenty of options and some interesting twists.
I chose Haddock and Chips and it was as good a fish supper as I have ever had. The fish was definitely haddock (no passing-off here), beautifully fresh, encased in light, crispy batter and very tasty. Excellent chips (must have been made in the kitchen, you don't get that quality out of a bag!), good mushy peas and a couple of slices of bread that, if the loaf wasn't made on site, must have come from a craft bakery.
If you are in Newcastle and looking for a good pub meal you need to seek out 'The Town Wall'.
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