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Free Trade Inn, Berwick upon Tweed - pub details

Address: 75 Castlegate, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1LF [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 35749) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Berwick-upon-tweed (0.1 miles)

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user reviews of Free Trade Inn, Berwick upon Tweed

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Of course what I really meant was Hadrian & Border Secret Kingdom. DOH!
zipdiskdude - 19 Jul 2011 09:50
Great historic interior. Paid a visit a couple of Sunday's ago whilst on an exploratory pub crawl in Berwick. Had a nice half of Northumberland Secret Kingdom, so real ale does appear.
zipdiskdude - 19 Jul 2011 09:42
Being only an occasional visitor to the town, I have made 4 attempts to visit this pub over the last twenty years, and have so far failed - it has been closed every time including on my last try at lunchtime and again in the evening 2 days ago. It featured in CAMRA's 100 Classic Town Pubs published 30-odd years ago and according to local drinkers is still completely unspoilt and, at times, open. If you're planning to visit it would be best to establish opening times in advance, which I will do next time I'm in the area.
Stamfordian - 5 Feb 2011 11:03
An authentic, traditional local pub, on the northern entry route to Berwick-upon-Tweed. Split into a couple of rooms with old style partitioning, there is a room at the back with a pool table (the pub also has two successful teams which play midweek).

Toilets leave a little to be desired, and the urinals in the gents have traditionally been a dumping ground for pocket change !

Real ale appears to have disappeared, as the previous reviewer states, although the lager and creamflowed beers are generally well looked after.
MountainMan - 19 Jul 2009 19:39
Well, another first from the John Bonser roadshow.

The Free Trade is a small, basic, but very friendly working mans local on Castlegate, one of the main thoroughfares in the centre of Berwick.

The pubs main feature of note is the splendid Victorian head-height wooden screens separating the public bar from the rest of the pub. The pub is listed in CAMRA's National Inventory of Unspoilt Interiors.

Good Beer Guide stickers on the etched leaded windows indicate that this pub was a GBG regular in earlier years, mainly the 90's, although it no longer seems to serve real ale.

On the day of my visit, none of the 3 handpumps had any clips attached ( either facing or reversed ) and, not seeing any unused clips anywhere behind the bar, I would hazard a guess that real ale has been discontinued. My enquiry as to whether any was available was met with a puzzled expression.

I opted for a pint of Northumbrian Smooth, which seemed to be what the locals were drinking, but it didn't taste of much at all.

Despite the absence of any real ale, this is a real boozer's boozers. It's basic nature means it won't appeal to everyone, but if you like pubs of this genre, you'll probably like this one
JohnBonser - 25 Sep 2008 13:34

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