For beer and ale lovers, the annual Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) guide is a bible to finding the best bars and pubs in their local area. The extensive list highlights venues selected by its members "as places to savour good beers from small breweries as well as cask-conditioned lagers and world beers and some pubs are highlighted for serving real ciders too". Here are 10 of the Newcastle bars that feature in the 50th edition of the guide and what CAMRA said about each of them.
5. Bridge Hotel
CAMRA said: “A former Fitzgerald’s pub next to the spectacular Robert Stephenson-designed High Level Bridge. The main bar area features stained-glass windows and is divided into a number of seating areas, with a raised rear section." Photo: Google Streetview
6. Lady Grey's
CAMRA said: “Close to the historic Theatre Royal and busy shopping areas, this pub – formerly the Adelphi – is a welcome addition to the city-centre real ale scene. Beers are mainly from local brewers Hadrian Border, Allendale and Wylam, with guests from all over the country. Refurbishment has added four more handpumps."
7. The Mile Castle
CAMRA said: “Highly regarded Wetherspoon bar featuring 20 handpulls across three floors. Its name refers to the Roman forts that were built a mile apart; one is reputed to have been nearby. Meals are served throughout the pub all day, including in the boothed second-floor dining area that was created by an impressive redecoration.”
8. The Gosforth Hotel
CAMRA said: “Located on the corner of a busy junction at the top of the High Street, this is a stalwart of the lively Gosforth pub scene. Popular with a wide clientele, from nearby office workers to locals and students, the pub often gets busy." Photo: Google Streetview