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The Strawberry is a rather down at heel pub situated right next to St James' Park stadium. Some of the clientele were quite rowdy, but not in an overly-threatening manner. 5 ales were on. The regulars are Caledonian Deuchars IPA & Mordue Northumbrian Blonde. Guests were High House Farm Matfen Magic, Tops Jack Tar & Great North Eastern Rivet Catcher. I had the Jack Tar, which was in good condition. I'd also entered during happy hour and had the opportunity to hit a big red button to get a discount. I managed to get 25% off, which made the ale taste that much better. Not a bad place for a visit. But I think I'd avoid on matchdays.
blue_scrumpy - 22 Jan 2017 21:37
This is an excellent pub, and great for lunches on non-match days.

The service is good and friendly, with very reasonable prices.

I found the beers excellent, (for instance the Mordue was unbeatable for me).
eddybeer - 5 Feb 2013 11:39
Brilliant pub. Good beer and good grub. The food was wholesome, plentiful and provided at a bargain price. What not to like?
dougdeep - 19 Sep 2012 10:59
This is a great little pub,always pop in when were in Newcastle.
Keeb - 18 Jul 2011 14:50
4 real ales, all in decent form. Also has Sky Sports
oftenscore6 - 3 Nov 2010 20:55
A great football pub covered in Newcastle United memorabilia. Beware though, it gets absolutely packed before and after games. On a non match day though, it's a great place to visit. The beer range is good but not huge, and it's nice to sit out on the roof terrace on a warm sunny day. The food is standard stuff - Burgers, Fish and Chips, Chicken Curry, All Day Breakfast etc, but is tasty and good value for money.
Toml79 - 24 Oct 2010 12:22
One of the best real ales pubs in the city and a great pub too. Obviously busy on match days and with a steady after-work crowd too. Food also worth a try.
keith253 - 19 Aug 2009 13:48
Visited this before the friendly between Newcastle and Leeds - fans mixed freely and the atmosphere was good. Beer choice was good, and pints of Mordue No.9 and Caledonian Great Knick were in good order.
The pub is full of interesting Newcastle united photos and the terrace out the back is a good touch.
Gor a pub so close to the ground, this was excellent.
SouthYorkshireman - 30 Jul 2009 22:17
One roomed pub right in the shadow of the stands at St James's Park. As you might expect it's full of Toon memorabilia. Has 4 handpumps one usually serving Mordue No 9 along with 3 changing guests. I usually call in here for one when in Newcastle assuming that either there is no match on across the road or the match is still being played. I don't think I'd want to be in here before or after the game. Beer has always been good, also has a pool table plus a quiz machine. Not bad at all.
ROBCamra - 19 Jan 2009 14:00
As a geordie i think you got to have a soft spot for the Berry as its next to the home of football. Canny bar which i normally pop in when on all day session. Not bad at all.
scoreboard1 - 26 Nov 2008 13:22
I was having a lovely pint of Mordue here on the evening the news broke that Kevin Keegan was to be reappointed as manager across the road at St. James' Park (16/01/08). Within minutes the place started to fill up as excited members of the Toon Army began arriving at the ground to celebrate. In less than an hour the pub was wedged and I went outside to where thousands of fans had gathered in high spirits to welcome home a true local legend. I got the impression if God exists in Newcastle, His name is Keegan. Some of the optimism must have rubbed off on me. As I left the area to get a Metro back to the airport, I genuinely hoped things would improve at Newcastle United. Earlier this month I was back in Tyneside. Keegan is gone. Newcastle are struggling around the bottom of the table. I returned to the Strawberry. One of the locals told me the fans are boycotting the clubs official merchandise shop and bar across the road. Things are looking bad, I still hope they improve. Nine months is a long time in football. I ordered a pint of Mordue. It is still lovely. Fortunately some things don't change.
The_Inspector - 28 Oct 2008 12:46
Pretty quiet when I popped in on a Monday night. Closest pub to st James' park - must be mayhem in here when the Magpies have just beaten Sunderland. Loads of old football memorabilia on the walls.
Rich66 - 2 May 2008 18:42
Good beer (Deuchars IPA, 80/, Mordue plus Broon on tap), served by a very pleasant barmaid. Huge pie and chips for 4.50. No complaints.
pablos13 - 17 Nov 2007 00:19
Very traditional, think the TVs are the only concession to modernity. Food good and cheap, nice selection of beers. Not been on a matchday, assume it gets rammed.
pablos13 - 26 Sep 2007 18:41
Nice pub, very traditional. Do visit once in a while.
Veryenglish - 20 Mar 2007 17:01
Nice place; nice beer. However, it needs more chicks.
anonymous - 18 Apr 2006 20:02
This has to be my favourite pub in the World. As people have said, its a bit mad on matchdays, but the beer, the atmosphere and the staff are fantastic.

I hope it never, ever changes
Stoff - 2 Mar 2006 14:32
another good pub in newcastle , found it when coming out of shearers one evening last july , (bare in mind i come from essex and wasnt sure of me way around at this point) me and the missus went in and newcastle were away in a euro game shearers got packed so i said lets go into town and as we walked i saw strawberrys , went in staff were brilliant liked the accent ended up here till closing and was rather drunk, only complaint about here is the pool table area is a bit too small , but thats the only thing i found wrong , the beer was good and had a really traditional feel with loadsa magpie memrobillia on the walls
brilliant pub another im in love with in newcastle , but in general compared to my locals newcastle wins hands down everytime
romfordir - 6 Feb 2006 17:03
Brilliant traditional style pub along the lines of Newcastle Arms, Bodega & Hotspur. Good beer, fantastic food and the staff are always friendly and polite. As a result you will always find a good mixture of regulars and more importantly, no radgies. Ideal for matchdays if you are a human contortionist.
toontalk1 - 27 Oct 2005 13:07
Belter food and highly affordable prices. nice to see a pub that has kept its heritage and not sold out! The matchday atmosphere is unparalleled!! Also the inclusion of a quality jukebox, pool table and quizo's add's up the strawberry being top's. The craic i have with the staff and regulars is top draw, its a must visit for all tynesides...
Baby D - 10 May 2004 14:51
cracking pub, great atmosphere, you can see big screens, plasma screens and tvs from all angles. we have never seen a televised match at the strawberry, everyone always expects it to be really busy. we found some space and had a really good night. the atmoshere was electric
michael hill - 7 May 2004 15:57
You'll do well to fit through the door on match days but it is a pleasant enough place.
Matt - 12 Jan 2004 13:55
The Strawberry is an historic pub being one of the few to survive the rebuilding which took so many of the city centre pubs. Rumoured to have once been a brothel in the 19th century (when it was attached to a hotel behind where it now stands). It is now the closest bar to Saint James Park and therefore the bar of choice to diehard Newacstle fans. It is now a modern, well appointed bar which despite its varying clientele, retains its "local" reputation, managing to treat each customer as if he/she was a local.Fast friendly service, the Landlady rules with an iron will, she will crack down on badly behaved customers in the same way that she fails to tolerate a full ashtray. This bar is impossible to infiltrate on a match day, otherwise a good, honest to goodness local which happens to be in a prime location within Newcastle city center.
Shaun - 19 Dec 2003 01:12
This pub was pretty good. Nice people andatmosphere and a nice flatscreen tv on which we (the dutch tourists) enjoyed Scotland - Holland on November 15th. Men's toilet doesn't have lock on the door, can be pretty irritating.
Robbin - towelie@chello.nl - 16 Nov 2003 13:30
Class A Landlady
James - j.a.garratt@ncl.ac.uk - 15 Nov 2002 15:26
Opposite the hallowed turf of St.James's Park
Good selection of
beers, broon ale.
Canny for a pint after work
Martin Robertson - W.M.Robertson@btinternet.com - 15 Nov 2002 14:45

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