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The Brandling Villa, South Gosforth - pub details

Address: Haddricks Mills Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE3 1QL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 11064) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Manors (2.4 miles), Newcastle (2.7 miles), Dunston (4.3 miles)

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Millstone Hotel, Gosforth (0.0 miles), Victory, South Gosforth (0.3 miles), Job Bullman, Gosforth (0.6 miles), Lonsdale, Jesmond (0.6 miles), County, Gosforth (0.6 miles) - see more nearby pubs

 

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I thought this was the best of the 3 South Gosforth pubs I tried. It certainly had the best ale range. But there's a strange way of dispensing things. When I ordered a half of one ale, the barmaid muttered something about third or two third pints. I politely declined that offer and asked for a half. When it came to £2.45, I thought I was back in London. But it soon became apparent that I'd been dispensed two thirds of a pint - very strange. The guy next to me seemed to indicate that this happens to most people who walk in for the first time. It's a shame that the barmaid couldn't have been more communicative. I also later found out that CAMRA discounts are offered. But none were advertised and I wasn't offered one. Ales were Ilkley Crossroads, Black Isle Goldeneye, Tickety Brew Cherry Berlinerweisse, Oakham Black Hole Porter, Bristol Beer Factory Southville Hop, Allendale Wolf, Tyne Bank Frank and Bird & Pacifica, Mordue Radgie Gadgie & Roosters Fort Smith. Ciders were Thatchers Heritage & Westons Old Rosie. Nice pub and decent beer. It was just the service issues and prices that mark it down.
blue_scrumpy - 14 May 2016 18:10
Seems to divide opinion, but you can't argue with the great range of cask ales and brilliant food. Have to agree with the comments regarding poorly trained staff, but the only downside, imo. Great quiz on a sunday.
larry.is.anonymous - 28 Nov 2013 03:06
What ever may have gone before, this is now a great pub full of delights for the lover of real ale....and they do food as well, evenings included. They were til recently a brew pub but the floods last year saw the end of that for the moment. Not to worry there were 10 ales on with a full spectrum from light to dark . We had Mordue workie ticket, Frank and Bird moteuka blonde, Hop Studio porter and Harviestoun b&t. About 5-10 minutes walk of the metro station, downhill to the main junction.
Steamer1 - 1 Apr 2013 18:48
One of the most impressive turnarounds you could see in a local pub. Unpretentious and inventive, with a traditional core. One of the best pubs in Newcastle.
WeirdJim - 26 Apr 2012 00:33
Background: For a long time this was the best of the three pubs in South Gosforth; Millstone and Victory make up the trilogy.

The Brandling Villa - heaven knows why it's referred to as Villa Bistro on BITE - has had it's ups and downs mostly due to bizarre choices in front of house staff, but a relatively recent change of management seemed to be getting on top of that problem.

So what is it like now? Shabby is the starting point. The whole pub looks tatty and tired and the toilets are not just rank; they are gross (at time of writing this - the less rank of the two Gents Toilets was closed for repair). You need a ferryman to get you from the door to the urinal.

The beers are well kept and there is a respectable variety. Food is ok - but spoiled for me when I had the delight of listening to one of the Bar Staff (Manager?) bragging loudly about the deal he got on the burgers from a local supplier i.e., 76p each. That 76p burger, with some chips and bits added, is on the menu for well over 6. I don't mind 'mark up' but that is kicking the a*** out of profiteering.

The BV seems to be focussing on its Sausage and Ale, and, Pie and Ale special events and forgetting that it is a local pub in between. Both the two nearby pubs, as mentioned above, the Victory and the Millstone, are under new management - and both are being turned around into very pleasant pubs; if I was managing the Brandling Villa I would be worried. Very worried.
Thirsty_Jonny - 23 May 2011 12:42

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