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Barrels Alehouse, Berwick upon Tweed

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user reviews of the Barrels Alehouse, Berwick upon Tweed

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decent alehouse with good selection of beers in a town with limited choice for ale. Wasn't as bright as the picture suggests seemed dark and gloomy inside. Still your best bet for a pin in the town.
anonymous - 5 Oct 2014 10:47
Tidy little boozer. Visited a couple of time recently in the afternoon. Would have liked an evening session but hey ho!
My only gripe.....stools/seats by the bar.
Beers was fine if a little cold.
LickeyEndBooze - 24 Apr 2014 20:34
Popped in here on a Thursday evening after spotting it in the GBG. What a treat! The unassuming exterior hides a comfortable and welcoming interior with a homely feel, where people who fancy a pint can sit and chat or listen to the occasional live music. The single bar at the back had five ales on offer and the two I tried were spot on. Nice to see a pub concentrating on what matters - the beer. If you want food buy a bag of nuts or go to one of the many good eateries in Berwick, if you want ale, this is the place to be.
fazerblue - 29 Aug 2012 09:54
Good range of ales, plenty of seats and even live music sometimes. The best pub in Berwick.
Bagsy - 17 May 2011 15:08
Called in last Saturday afternoon. Plenty of regulars and visitors in to watch the France v Scotland rugby match. What a pub this is, a sure fire 10 rating!! A pity there aren't more like this around.

Sampled ESB and a 6.7%er called Old Jock Ale which was superb. A few more were also available, apart from a decent selection of bottled ales. The ambience and the general interior decor was something to behold! The best pub in Berwick by a country mile. If you're in the area, this is the one to visit.
DME - 8 Feb 2011 12:18
Interesting pub with plenty of local trade, unusual artifacts such as an old dentist's chair at the end of the bar and most importantly a good range of well-kept ales, some Scottish including an extremely strong offering from Broughton. Deservedly popular and well worth a visit.
Stamfordian - 5 Feb 2011 10:43
Probably the best pub in Berwick. Beers are always top-notch and of a good variety.
Staff are friendly and the music's good. Perfect after a walk on the beach.
Dog friendly too.
Yellerbelly - 5 Jul 2010 18:57
Excellent beer-drinkers' pub with a varied client´┐Żle. Not somewhere you'd go for a sophisticated evening out but ideal for a pint or three of good ale if that's what you want - and in my view that's what a pub is for.
newbury_drinker - 28 Jun 2010 09:40
I stayed in Berwick for a week late last summer. This was the pub I went to most. Nice little place with character, welcoming and a good choice of ales. Two small bars upstairs and their is another area available downstairs but I don't know if that is opened for gigs only or when the pub's busy.
blamm - 5 Feb 2010 14:45
Superb ale pub and meeting place for some of the Berwick Rangers faithful pre-match. We made sure we paid a visit on our recent trip to Shielfield Park and soon made friends with the locals and enjoyed some well kept beer - and a good range of ale too. The pub itself is not very big but has two drinking areas and lots of music and miscellaneous memorabilia on the walls and some unusual seating arrangements around the bar (including a dentist chair). Well worth a visit for any real ale drinkers visiting the area.
Rod_Hariga - 22 Dec 2009 21:29
A pub I only visit once a year(living 200 miles away)We always have a night in Berwick on our annual trip to Scotland,and always make a beeline for this fantastic boozer,usually on a weekday night.Great selection of beers from all over,friendly atmospere.as well.The bar is easily opperated by 1 person,but the design is such you never wait to get served.Its also the 1st pub you find when you walk over the ancient bridge from the Spittal side of the Tweed.One of my favourite top ten pubs in the whole of Britain.
greyhead - 10 May 2009 20:47
Great Place. Good range of real ales well kept. Even a cornish one on when we visited.
Good collection of strange artifacts !
aandaaleclub - 24 Jul 2008 12:49
My Old local,pop back now and then (30 miles away now)
Always have a fine selection of real ales continental ditties and ABSINTHE !!!
Had many a fine night here, music on a friday normally, was Americana biased but now changing.
Any pub which has a dentists chair,coffin,swordfish hanging the off ceiling,black tiles in the gents,a picture of a 60 year old climbing his first tree and a plethora of oddities deserves a visit from all and sundry.
long may it live.


bilbosballbags - 21 May 2008 00:34
This is a small two roomed bar on the corner of two small streets down near the river. The feel is fairly basic but comfortable (eg Sunday newspapers were available). It is in the CAMRA guide and the 5 beers on offer were interesting (not the usual suspects on my visit) and well kept. Well worth visiting.
drtimthornton - 23 Sep 2007 15:15
what an outstanding place! A real mecca for the drinking enthusiast! I have been to many bars around the world and this has it all! (except dancing ladies on the bar) The reception was warm and friendly, the locals were from all walks of life but had a common trait of making you feel at ease. The staff were efficient helpful and witty. The range of drinks was top notch with everything from real ale to absinthe. They have a great basement bar which has just been refurbished and was like stepping down into a cocktail lounge on princess street in Edinburgh. A truely exceptional boozer!
johnreid - 8 Mar 2007 09:53
One of only two pubs I've deen someone videoing the interior of (the other being The Guildford Arms in Edinburgh). The change of management late last year brought little change to this well loved gem. A no-smoking lounge has been introduced and the music policy has changed a bit (moving away from americana) but it's still a very enjoyable place to while away the hours. An impressive aray of different drinks, uncluding usually five well kept real ales (mostly the usual suspects - London Pride, Landlord, Spitfire - but occasional showings from micros, although strangely not often local ones).
BitterTwistedBoy - 5 Sep 2006 15:15
the best pub in northumberland
Rammy_Tupper - 31 Jul 2006 22:01
Nice bar, if a bit on the small side. Far better than any of the other Disco/Karaoke bars that I had the misfortune to visit in Berwick

The Erdinger on draught was good too!
stanpetrov19 - 10 Apr 2006 09:26
Very friendly. Decent ale, and a rather fine atmosphere of faint eccentricity.
joegreen - 8 Nov 2005 12:48
Debatably Berwicks best pub. Excellent selection of Real Ales, and good mix of sensibly priced regular beers and lagers.
Downstairs bar frequently has better music than Berwick deserves.
Friendly bar staff and good mix of regular customers / resident eccentrics.
A must for tourists.
denboy - 17 Jun 2005 22:50
Excellent range of hand-pumped beer, great ambience.
Excellent music (alt country, blues, folk, orientated) in basement.
Mark - 18 Feb 2005 23:15

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