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user reviews of Crown Posada, Newcastle

please note - reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously.

I should add, that the Bridge nearby is pretty good too, so good for a tour.
OneselfAlone - 17 May 2017 16:33
What's to dislike? History, beers, atmosphere. It's got the lot.
OneselfAlone - 15 May 2017 15:54
Drops down a bit in estimation on this visit - the ale is still good but visiting at the start of a crawl you see it for what it is - a reasonable city pub but not somewhere that rates along with the Philharmonic in Liverpool or the Crown in Belfast. Add to that a tendency to get change of a fiver for a tenner (the third time that happened on this visit to Newcastle) and it has dropped a bit in my estimation.
Snarling_Mallard - 1 Dec 2016 11:17
No visit to Newcastle is complete without a visit to the Crown Posada, or so I’ve heard many people say. So I set off to find out for myself...

And the trail led down an ever-steepening hill until viaducts soared high above me, stopping outside a quite unremarkable small building in a tall terrace. I think this must be one of Count Draculas favourite pubs, as it is even narrower inside, and the place goes quite a way back. So very little natural light reaches the furthermost depths ! They say the pub is an architectural gem, but it isn’t well enough lit to really appreciate it. [ By contrast the gents out the back are very well lit ! ]

Anyway, the beer is good, and the place is popular with genuine Geordies. I think there were 5 guest beers on. I’m afraid I didn’t go for a local beer this time, instead having Rudgate York Chocolate Stout (the only dark beer I saw all day). And very nice it was too.

Another thing to note was the background music. This appeared to be genuine vinyl LPs selected by the customers. However, the acoustics were such that the only people who could really hear were those behind the bar !

And a final word of warning, steep streets down to the pub mean steep streets back up ...

7/10 – a good pub, but doesn’t live up to its legendary status

Martinsh - 11 Oct 2016 23:28
After all the favourable reviews on this site (and somehow missing out on my previous visit to Newcastle) I was keen to come here. Everything was perfect: I was the sole customer early on a Sunday, so got a potted history of the place from the very friendly & efficient bar bloke, along with my pint of Jennings Pale Ale (3.55). The interior was stunning and the atmosphere palpable despite the lack of customers. A large group eventually arrived & received the same instructive welcome as me; I think the job description for bar staff here includes history lessons.
Queenslander - 4 Sep 2016 22:47
Top ten pub in the world, let alone England or Newcastle. Great cask ale but has also kept pace with the kegs that we have now. Friendly punters (shoppers/boozers/tourists/locals) and staff (said me and my mate were entertaining! in a good way I think) a great place to while away an afternoon. 10/10.
dryriserinlet - 21 Apr 2016 18:55
Recently re-decorated to a high standard to make it look exactly like it used to. The bar has been completely replaced, but you'd never notice apart from the rounded bit at the end is now square. Fabulous pub still.
zipdiskdude - 28 Dec 2015 16:53
It's without doubt one of the very best pubs in the UK, let alone Newcastle and really just needs to be experienced.

Time seems to stand still in this pub like no other, it could be 1960 or 1860 in there, it's completely unique.

The beer, the setting and even the music played out of an old gramophone player are outstanding.

The only potential downside can be it's popularity and size, it's fairly snug. For that reason, for a first timer I'd recommend trying it during the day.
zorbathebeergeek - 20 Dec 2015 22:10
As good a city pub as you will ever find. Not just atmospheric with outstanding beer, but all the staff are also friendly, charming and helpful
reynedd - 28 Aug 2015 23:28
Always worth a visit when in the Toon. Only gripe on this visit was that on an empty evening a small group decided to stand blocking the way to the rear and route to the toilets and moaning about people wanting to pass when they had a whole pub to stand (or sit) in.
Snarling_Mallard - 5 Oct 2014 11:14
Was fairly quiet on a Monday night, good range of ales - a classic old style pub.
ellisref - 6 Jun 2014 12:36
Id echo everything others have said. A blast from the past, in a very good way. Howay the lads!
TommyRogers1979 - 30 Nov 2013 21:34
If your in Newcastle this is one of the best. Good selection of beers and atmosphere. Personally I prefer to try to go to the lounge ar the rear. I would happily spend a few hours in the Crown Posada.
AleMan70 - 5 Oct 2013 09:11
Classic pub, not dissimilar to an Edinburgh bar, long and thin. Some excellent black and white pictures of old Newcastle adorn the walls. 6 ales were on and we partook of Tyne Bank Brewery pale and porter. Sited just off Quayside under the High Level and Road bridge it's only a 10 minute walk of the railway station but allow longer to walk back uphill.
Steamer1 - 1 Apr 2013 22:03
A quirky little old jewel tucked away.

Great atmosphere and beer, and deservedly crowded at times.

(You can always try and use the Vermont hotel lift to get up to the Bridge Hotel if you need more space to carry on with the real ale. You might be in luck even if a non-guest).
eddybeer - 5 Feb 2013 11:35
Another classic pub and one of Newcastle's best - I always go here when in the city and the beer and banter are always good. Fresh rolls available but it is the overall atmosphere (narrow bar area/snug/rear lounge/music selection etc) which make it a great venue. Local beers prevail and there is usually a pretty good selection. You could easily spend a few hours in the Crown Posada without noticing the time - as I have done before!! A "must-visit" pub.
mcroyal - 14 Dec 2012 11:03
I can see where the immediately preceding contributor is coming from in terms of the Princess Louise and the Crown - indeed I think he (it must be a man) has bracketed together three of the grandest pubs in the UK.
It's maybe worth noting however, in case scores of previous posts have not made it clear, that the Crown Posada is very much smaller than either of the others mentioned. And you will seek it in vain under any viaduct or bridge.
Above all, don't be put off going in with a female companion - on one fairly recent occasion I abandoned a lady of the female persuasion here for about 25 minutes while I went to check in to our hotel. She felt perfectly safe and was treated in a friendly and courteous fashion by those around her.
Great pub.
joegreen - 11 Jun 2012 22:10
An essential stop off on any visit to the Toon, the network of alcoves and corners recalls London's Princess Louise and Belfast's Crown Liquor Saloon. Ales are good and it's as traditional a place as you would like beneath the Victorian viaducts and bridges. My one quibble - not a single female present therein apart fom the bar staff so it's not the most varied of crowds.
BoehmBawerk - 25 May 2012 07:12
Excellent old fashioned city pub with plenty of decent ales on. The Hadrian Legion was excellent as was other stuff I forget the name of.
Snarling_Mallard - 7 Feb 2012 16:17
The Best pub in Newcastle? If you like good real ale and a quirky/interesting place to drink it then this has to be in with a shout. Long 'magazine'-style pub, well done out and very well kept, good local real ales and an old-fashioned record player on the bar with some decent music on rotation. Unusual, atmospheric, different and not had the heart & soul torn out of it like so many others in town. A treasure!
FightingFit - 12 Oct 2011 01:01
Simply outstanding. Great range of beers. Great interior.
SA162 - 1 Sep 2011 18:57
Excellent place. Absolutely loved it. The gramophone was class. Beer was wonderful!

You probably won't find this place unless you are looking for it!
jjsint - 26 Jul 2011 12:07
Always try to visit here on a trip to Newcastle. Some wonderful local ales to choose from - always a wide selection of breweries and styles on offer.

Great old building that feels 'proper'. Check out the classic old turntable record player - a much better idea than the piped muzak you get in some places.
twohalves - 26 Jul 2011 11:50
My favourite pub in Newcastle. Good selection of ales, good value rolls and always a chance for a good conversation. As a bloke said to me last time I was in: "All the other pubs round here are for kids - this is for the Victor Mature". Long may it prosper.
paul154 - 30 Jun 2011 10:13
Despite originally hailing from Newcastle I'd never even heard of this place until last weekend when I was taken here by my brother.

It's a gem!

Great beer, great atmosphere, good music, friendly staff. Just the right level of busy at 9:30 on a Friday night. AND they have the best beermats I've ever seen. Highly recommended.
Pin - 13 May 2011 13:30
Just fantastic, what more can be said? One of those pubs I could sink into at opening time and be the last to leave at closing time, unspoilt, solidly traditional and long may it continue.
Hodge1 - 23 Mar 2011 17:51
Atmospheric city centre pub. The bar is long and thin with seating at the rear, standing at the bar itself and a small snug seating area at the front. The interior is dark and moody. The stained glass windows keep it dark. Real ales are mostly local - Big Lamp Prince Bishop Ale, Consett White Hot, Wylam Gold Tankard, Hadrian Gladiatior, Jarrow Bitter & Daleside Pride of England. Unfortunately, the cider doesn't get any better than Thatchers Gold. Good value rolls with a pack of crisps thrown into the price for good measure. A nice pub that I would return to.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Mar 2011 12:28
Lets all hope this does not go the way of so many pubs down the years. The last thing we need is another theme pub full of charvers
stepenwolf67 - 5 Oct 2010 16:37
Big mistake to retire Len. He put his heart and soul into the job. Some of the current staff are charmless. For God's sake, don't let it go downhill.
osceola - 25 Sep 2010 15:33
The best pub in Newcastle for years...sitting in there with the records playing by Len was a Saturday afternoon treat to look forward to. Sadly Sir John Fitzgerald decided to retire him (it seems they had no idea he was a local legend and had been there for 19 years, which says much for their understanding of their pubs!) and it's since slipped into mediocrity, with any old rubbish played loudly and therefore inaudably on the vintage record player, and much of the places ambience gone as a result of that and the last pretty disastrous refit. Still a classic, needs some love and care, and attention to detail with the beer and staff though.
princeofdenmark - 14 Sep 2010 13:32
Beers included Durham White Gem and others from Allendale, Big Lamp and Jarrow. Smashing little pub.
GuideDogSaint - 13 Sep 2010 19:08
I love this boozer. Long narrow room and beautiful stained glass windows. Not much seating but there are shelves everywhere for stand-up drinking. Try the excellent Jarrow bitter and other locally sourced brews.
Slake - 27 Aug 2010 14:52
As good a city pub as you could hope to find
reynedd - 24 Aug 2010 00:52
Excellant vintage pub, small long and thin !
5 or 6 beers on,all from local breweries. All tried over a few visits last weekend were excellant ( Durham White Gold & Wylam Gold Tankard in particular). The ales sold very well, noted 13 different beers when I visited last weekend that made an appearance.
Friendly staff and customers.
bloomfieldjpm - 15 Apr 2010 05:47
A lovely unspoilt boozer a stones throw from the Tyne, like entering a timewarp to the 1930`s. Normally has several locally produced Ales such as from the Jarrow Brewery or Wylam.

darloexile - 11 Feb 2010 18:05
Harry is very impressed with this one, a very nice little find and well tucked away. Five real ales on tap, although they still do the Northern England thing of putting sparklers on the taps. The Jarrow beers all come out fine and the blokes behind the ramp both know what they are talking about with the product, free samplers being a nice bonus. Licensee is a genuine host that can actually hold a conversation and makes you fell welcome, even as a total stranger from down south.
The record player in the corner is a nice touch, all in all a proper blokes pub without the smoke!
If only they were all like this, Spirit Group and others take note.
harrythebastard - 28 Nov 2009 16:24
As described below, not too great if packed, but definitely worth a visit. 5 real ales, we tried two and both were well served - One was a b it bland, but I think that was the brew! Great service, and loved the ild fashioned record player. Ornate, interesting and a must-visit pub.
Dylanwing - 4 Oct 2009 17:16
Small and thin, but a great atmosphere and a good crowd. Does a decent range of guest ales. One of must visit pubs in Newcastle.
SilkTork - 4 Jul 2009 20:39
Unmissable when in the area - great building, beers and atmosphere. Not much room for us big chaps though :-)
keith253 - 2 Jul 2009 00:55
Newcastle's unmissable gem on the quayside is like a trip back 50 years in time, from the tiny snug on the right with its stain glass windows to the gramophone records that are played from the bar. The Plasterwork on the ceiling is also rather impressive. Snug aside, there is one long room that can't be more than 8ft wide, furnished with green leather and with lots of dark panelling. Ales come from local breweries such as Northumberland and Mordue, and the place is invariably packed so arrive early. Not to be missed.
Carlurmston - 3 Jun 2009 15:51
Combined a visit to the Baltic mill with a trip to this pub, it is a splendid hostelry. The beers were in top form, the service was both pleasant and efficient. A real old fashioned feel to the place. All in all a perfect boozing experience.
beerslurper - 3 Jun 2009 15:47
If you can wedge yourself in the beer is excellent and the staff friendly - well worth a visit
Camber - 17 Apr 2009 23:11
Fantastic old pub, long and thin, known as "The Coffin" locally. Has a tiny snug in the Irish style on the left as you enter. Also has comfortable seating at the rear if you can get past the bar. Has 5 ever changing guests usually including one form Consett Ale Works. Has an old style gramaphone at the end of the bar which is usually playing in the evenings. A classic, you must try this place when in Newcastle. I suggest you combine it with a trip to the El Torero tapas bar a little further up The Side which has a great atmosphere and good food.
ROBCamra - 19 Jan 2009 15:17
Late comment from August. Enjoyed a couple of real ales in this lovely pub.
gillhalfpint - 15 Jan 2009 10:27
Lovely old bar where you always get a decent pint! Bit on the small side but defo a good bar!
scoreboard1 - 5 Jan 2009 12:55
Nice traditional local with excellently kept ales.
nickthefish - 6 Dec 2008 17:39
Excellent narrow pub with good beer range. Excellent interior. Nice crowd in there too.
stoutoforder - 2 Nov 2008 20:05
Claustrophobic!!! Even Posh Spice would have trouble walking the length of tha bar...
bringback77 - 16 Oct 2008 22:56
The Crown Posada is known as the Coffin, what a place to die Inn. Great victorian with friendly and good beer including regional beers.
hartlepool - 4 Jul 2008 15:00
Great pub.
Slake - 27 Apr 2008 14:34
When in the Toon this is the one to visit. Great beers, decor, staff and customers. A real delight.
wellinformed - 20 Apr 2008 18:59
Can't believe it's almost 18 months since our last visit, it felt like yesterday...outstanding range of beer from local breweries. Warm and friendly clientele, happy to launch into a chat about the beer or the football as soon as they knew you were from out of town. Inevitably rammed full and always difficult to get close to the bar to get served, but people will happily pass your pint over to you. Mnaged to get into the snug on our second visit of the weekend, suddenly seems like an oasis of calm in a perenially popular classic watering-hole.
Gristy - 7 Apr 2008 12:24
Heaving when we got there at about 5.00, but all the better for it. Great character, great mix of people, and interesting beer. Top pub in town.
mackerel - 10 Mar 2008 17:34
A smashing pub - not to be missed when in the Toon. Gets busy though - sometimes with really loudmouthed 'suits'. Choose your time though and it's great!
zundapp - 9 Jan 2008 14:46
What everyone else says.

Although anyone visiting after a few years break will be disappointed that the murals from its time as Socialist Central have been removed.

The 1950s motorbike magazines in the small bar are a nice touch, mind.
Joan_Crawford - 19 Dec 2007 15:28
First came here in 1989 and visited again durung the peaceful lunchtime on 6th December 2007. A fantastic place with perfect ale, as you'd expect. A treasure.
Mickyosan - 15 Dec 2007 00:16
Quality little boozer bignumber10
bignumber10 - 29 Nov 2007 19:23
Very small, but utterly beautiful, pub. Beers from various north-eastern brewers. If in Newcastle for any reason and with any kind of thirst, try this.
pablos13 - 17 Nov 2007 00:14
The Crown Posada, now there's a pub.
Absolute classic; it does get very busy though.
mps77 - 6 Sep 2007 14:56
Classic unspoilt late Victorian interior, fascinating old photographs of Newcastle on the walls, half a dozen or so ales mostly from local independent breweries. Possibly best not to visit during peak times as there wren't a lot of spare seat at 5pm on a Wednesday evening - it isn't the most spacious of pubs and you won't ber able to fully appreciate the interior when it's standing room only.

I thought the Bodega (which I haven't managed to find on this site - not sure if I've spelt the name correctly - was equally good during an all too brief crawl of generally very impressive Newcastle pubs.
Rich66 - 20 Aug 2007 00:01
I think most sensible people who have ever been to this pub would understand where Ale Rover is coming from, however.
JohnBonser - 31 May 2007 13:36
It's small. Cathedrals aren't.
GeorgeXXIII - 13 May 2007 13:45
How else could one describe one of the citys most revered pubs but as a cathedral? The comparison is obvious the high ceiling, the aisle past the bar counter and the enormous stained glass windows that almost stretch from ceiling to floor. The place oozes class. Magnificent bar back and servery, wood panelling in abundance and decorative mirrors. Oh, and quality real ales to match.


Alerover - 9 May 2007 21:06
"If you only have time to visit one pub in Newcastle, make it this one", I was told, so being in Newcastle on Tuesday and short of time, I did just that and I'm glad I did. It's a splendidly traditional Victorian pub, note in particular the stained glass windows at the front which apparently are late 19th Century. Its a rather long and narrow bar, with a small snug bar at the front, which meant it felt quite crowded, even early evening ( Tuesday). There's an old gramaphone on the end of the bar playing music, not too loud thankfully and some interesting photos of old Newcastle. There's a good range of real ales on offer, some from local micros.

Whether this is indeed THE pub in Newcastle, I don't know, but it certainly wouldn't surprise me. What I would say to the regular posters to this site ( Stonch, Roger B, Lad Newton etc ) is that I'm pretty sure that you would be impressed. Go there if you're ever in Newcastle.

Very highly recommended
JohnBonser - 22 Mar 2007 12:53
Lovely lovely ale,very friendly staff and clientele,ideal 9/10!
fat_beer_badger - 12 Mar 2007 10:40
One of the best in town, interesting real ales, stottie for 1 and facinating interior, a great first stop on the way to the Quayside from the station or Wetherspoons.
beer_finder_general - 27 Feb 2007 08:45
drinkers pub 6 real ales at least, well kept a must when visiting Newcastle
anonymous - 2 Feb 2007 15:20
Visited 6th December, overlooked putting the review on until now...first went in around 4.30pm, quiet at the time. Several excellently-kept ales and some useful information on new local brews from the obliging landlord. Unusual, but very interesting interior, one of the narrowest pubs ever encountered. Gentle, soothing music eminating from the old-style record player at one end of the bar. A very pleasant and relaxed couple of hours...
Went back in around 10.30pm for a last pint, this time rammed with a large party of loud suits (in both senses of the phrase), but still an enjoyable atmosphere although it is difficult to get served when it's busy like that.
A great experience (or two) and one to be hopefully repeated soon...
Gristy - 18 Jan 2007 17:57
I've always found the landlord - successive landlords in fact, to be extremely pleasant and reasonable with their time. There is one guy who's a bit of a jobsworth, but there's a lot of that about...
There have been times when the beer hasn't quite made the grade, but on the whole it's well kept and there's a decent choice, often favouring local microbreweries. It's easily my favourite bar. It's a lovely place to relax with a few friends and put the world to right
anonymous - 31 Dec 2006 20:05
Finally found it in the Quaysides and had a great experience there. Hosts a nice variety of real ales and the waitstaff was great: they helped answer all of our questions and the manager sat with us and discussed some of the other good pubs with real ales within the area. Great interior setting! Well worth a visit!!!
mrdruse - 27 Dec 2006 20:12
Great place, spoiled by grumpy manager. Clearly did not wish to tell me about the name but to get people out after closing time. It's got a strange name mate, people will ask!
baggydave - 13 Dec 2006 12:42
Been visiting this pub on-and-off for 20 yrs but never quite got it.

OK, it's pretty, the beer's good but not exceptional (try asking for a sparkler to be removed and risk being sneered to death), it's unbearably cramped.

Most recent visit - pint of Gladiator was oxidised (damp cardboard flavour) and sour - a strong case for a replacement and an apology. I polite complaint was met with "my wife's been drinking it all night", "it's perfectly clear", "it was delivered three days ago" all delivered with f*ck-off-don't-bother-me body language.

Very typical of an attitude all to common in the pub world - the customer is always wrong.

Overrated.
pubconnoisseur - 9 Dec 2006 14:18
Great, great pub. Excellent choice of well-kept real ales; generally good staff, including the legendary Len and an exceptionally attractive bar maid; great building. The ONLY drawback is that it appears to be on the Quayside circuit for some of the scummier drinkers in Newcastle.
anonymous - 21 Oct 2006 19:02
Good selection of real ales and a great atmosphere. I love the fact that there is no loud music playing and that the interior has been preserved to such a high standard. However it can get very busy at weekends so if you need a seat, get there early.
rovingricey - 4 Oct 2006 19:15
This is easily the best pub in Newcastle.
GeorgeXXIII - 1 Oct 2006 22:40
To anonymous below, to state that this pub is not a Gay bar is correct and by doing so one gets a accused of being a closet homosexual or worse stil being homophobic.

As stated before this a good old fashioned boozer with good ale and friendly atmosphere that has not been ruined by the march of time and big business.
wmon - 25 Jul 2006 10:04
An unchanging oasis of beauty amid the caterwauling frenzy that is the Quayside. Like others here have said, the one place in Newcastle you always go back to on your return.
WebelMC - 18 Jul 2006 20:42
Re. previous 2 comments.. Me Think they do protest too much... Come on fellas, come out the closet, get it off your chest(s) and you'll all feel a whole lot more content!!!
anonymous - 15 Jul 2006 01:54
To Anonymous below but one, this is cetainly not a Gay Bar in any shape or form.
wmon - 12 Jul 2006 12:42
to anonimous just bellow.

i dont get down the quayside too often, but its deffo not a gay bar i can assure you. just a straightforward real ale-fest pub in tradional surrounds.
anonymous - 9 Jun 2006 13:00
My aunty was the manager at this pub back in the 60's. Her name was Ellen Husband, if anyone remembers. I have fond memories of it then but I have not been in there for many years. The last I heard was that it was a gay bar. True?
anonymous - 7 Jun 2006 16:28
What a pub! Superb beer, exceptionally friendly. I went there first over 20 years ago when a student - went back last year with the wife. Fantastic. Don't go for the food though (unless you like corned beef!)
Grossy - 27 May 2006 03:09
This pub could have a book written about it. Spot on establishment a must if you are in the area.
anonymous - 18 May 2006 16:27
An excellent establishment that sits in a time warp. A must do on each visit to Newcastle.
wmon - 16 May 2006 12:22
A frequent visitor to the Toon, I always pay a visit to this superb pub in a superb city of pubs.Friendly landlord, great ambiance, everyone whoI have taken in here, always remembers the pub, if they don't remember amything else of the night out!!!
glossopowl - 15 May 2006 23:11
Excellent pub with a wonderful interior, friendly barman and usually 6 well-kept cask ales from local breweries.
Jude_The_Obscure - 11 May 2006 20:06
Great, great pub, though preferred the previous management. Bar man Len is a legend in these parts.

It's also a great building!
anonymous - 18 Apr 2006 20:26
Nice place, cheery atmosphere. Reasonable selection of ales. No complaints really.
Muzthing - 12 Apr 2006 09:40
I know it well. Loaded in traditional innercity chracter. Great victorian fittings. If it is realy busy, plan extra time to visit the gents (roomy and good tiles etc.). The beer is always good with at least one or two local brews on tap. Even in the 60's it was a must for a visit before drifting over the road to the Quay Club (long gone) and it hasn't changed a bit.

Whenever I call a friend to let him know I am in town the answer will be "OK, Croon Pasada in an hour". Need I say more.


FirstGom - 3 Apr 2006 15:55
A pub I have frequented for over 20 years. Before people 'discovered' the quayside in the late 80s the only people who went to the area were Polish sailors,hookers and people who knew a good boozer. As a callow youth I was introduced to this place, the Cooperage, the Newcastle Arms under the Tyne Bridge (now called something else entirely and full of alcopops), and the Baltic. This is the only one of them that has not changed one iota-and what a relief. It's size is it's advantage-most 'groups' give it the swerve as it always looks heaving! Great beer, great atmosphere-go at lunchtime to revel in what pubs should be like!
ericmarco - 31 Mar 2006 18:41
What weak lagers does it serve, howay, tell me what weak lagers I can get in here
anonymous - 29 Mar 2006 11:31
It was standing-room only when I visited this well-reputed
pub. Pobably best not go to Newcastle on a match day.
Uncle_Dunkel - 26 Feb 2006 20:44
Great pub, good atmosphere. Most quayside numbskulls head to less highbrow surrounds, so it's often quiet. Greaves and Bertie the Traveller used to drink here after lunchtime trips to the bookies and for that alone it should be recommended, although Greaves often struggled to finish his pint. This should not reflect on the pub, rather on Greaves' boozing ability, or lack thereof. What a strange fellow.
redshot - 24 Feb 2006 12:56
My favourite pub in the whole world; it's just a shame its 300 miles away. The interior is stunning, the beer excellent and varied. A gem even by the high standards of Newcastle's better pubs.
SJC - 7 Feb 2006 21:00
Excellent and atmospheric Victorian pub, interesting and varied beer choices, served well by friendly staff.Can see why it's so popular.
ChrissG - 12 Nov 2005 14:16
First class pub, try it at lunchtime for a whole new perspective!
Ian341 - 10 Oct 2005 13:23
A gem is right. This is one of the finest pubs I've been in, anywhere.
joegreen - 28 Sep 2005 13:10
Lovely traditional Victorian boozer tucked away in the mess that the Quayside has become. Great range of interesting beers with decent customers, fortunately most of the underdressed mobs roaming around these parts don't appear to notice this gem
superowl - 22 Sep 2005 13:51
A great pub with good beer. My first port of call when I'm in Newcastle
154e - 8 Sep 2005 17:08
A great little pub, we were so pleased that we found it. We could here ourselves talk, and we just chilled out.
history100 - 4 Sep 2005 17:33
Top looking pub,fairly cramped-think you reserve the chairs 6 months in advance here!
But the beer I had (Jennings)was far better than I`d previously tasted....Stop off on your way to the Quayside.
EdgarBriggsMI5 - 20 Aug 2005 14:29
aah, the Croon Posada. An oasis in the mess the quay side has become.. long after the demise of the Egypt Cottage and Barley Mo, and since the Cooperage stopped knocking gadgies out with their Owd Rodger, the Crown keeps you faithful to an old style neet on the toon. The only down side is trying to get to the back for a waz, but the well kept ale's are worth it...
Big_Kev - 17 Jun 2005 17:20
Everyone else is quite right. This is one of the most lovely pubs in Newcastle. Nay, in England. And the best thing about it is, only those who actually LIKE real, old-fashioned pubs would even notice it from the outside never mind bother stepping in, so it's unlikely to be turned into an all-bar-one any time soon (shame that the same can't be said about its counterparts down south). Watch out for the peculiar opening times, though...
unclbobsleigh - 3 Jun 2005 17:06
Slightly out of the way unless heading for the Quayside but an absolute gem. Worth the effort good beer and cosy as 'owt.

One of the best pubs Ive ever stepped inside
Magpie - 3 May 2005 18:05
Great beer in a time warp!
Gordie - 19 Dec 2004 09:35
Like stepping back in time, and with the World's oldest jukebox! This pub is a national treasure.
Caroline - 24 Sep 2004 15:57
A real gem of a pub. Apart from the lack of seating when it's busy, I'm hard pressed to fault it in any way.
Des - 25 Aug 2004 11:54
The owners (Sir John Fitzgerald) are to be praised in general for the high quality of their pubs, and especially for the money and care that went into restoring the Crown Posada.
Oz - oz@well.com - 19 May 2004 21:57
Even teetotallers should vist this pub for the ceiling, the Pre-Raphaelite stained glass window and the ambience. An oasis of good beer and good music in the trendy hell which is the quayside.Oh, and the beer's canny too.
Ray - 30 Aug 2003 23:53
A fantastic pub for a quiet drink away from the the madness of the Quayside with a relaxing atmosphere, a bit of history and a good selection of beers on tap.Music provided is old tempo played on your gran's stereogram.
Ronnie Thompson - 25 Jul 2003 22:52
Gotta agree- top boozer. Tony Nottingham
tony - 4 Jul 2003 23:41
I couldn't agree more with W.M Robertson, as a visiting Londoner ( boo !) I found this like an oasis of a pub, and those who know will no doubt agree it has the best juke box in town..!!
Dave - 20 Jun 2003 16:54
No-one has mentioned the ancient 'snob' screens inside or the historic stained glass windows, or the beautiful high-ceiling.

One of the most historic pubs in the North East, if not England.
mike - 10 May 2003 14:29
This is one of the greatest pubs in the world. There are too many reasons to list in one place. Everything about it is fantastic. Go there.
Justin - 29 Apr 2003 15:50
The only pub I know in a passage, squeezed between two buildings, a fine Fitzgeralds
free house, with snug, good beer.
Crowded with 20 people in the hoose. A real pub amongst all the trendy Quayside bars. You will need your I-spy badge to find this one!
W.M.Robertson - 16 Nov 2002 14:30

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