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Crown Posada, Newcastle - pub details

Crown Posada
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Address: 31 The Side, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 3JE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 1219) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras


Nearest train stations Manors (0.2 miles), Newcastle (0.4 miles), Dunston (1.9 miles)

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General information: As one of the most famous pubs in Newcastle and the second oldest in the city - the Crown Posada has a big reputation to live up to. The pub is a grade two listed building with a Victorian exterior, an elaborately panelled entrance, original stained glass windows and a warm, lively, and laughter-filled atmosphere thats as rare as the pub itself. Just two minutes walk from Grey Street, and in the heart of the Quayside, the Crown Posada is a must to visit and experience. This highly traditional pub regularly receives CAMRA awards, and was recently named as the Daily Telegraph & Abbot Ale Tyne and Wear perfect pub. Inside, you can relax during the day listening to the house gramophone and enjoying a variety of excellently kept cask ales, before letting the buzz of the evening wash over you as a huge variety of customers mingle and mix. Finally, legend has it that the pub was bought by a Spanish Sea Captain for his mistress - but whatever time of day or night you visit, youll soon realise that The Crown Posada is a legend in its own right.

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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

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