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Bridge Street Ale House, Newcastle under Lyme - pub details

Bridge Street Ale House

Address: 31 Bridge Street, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 2RY [map] [gmap]

Nearest train stations Etruria (1.4 miles), Stoke-on-trent (2.2 miles), Longport (2.3 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.4/10 (rated by 5 users)
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user reviews of Bridge Street Ale House, Newcastle under Lyme

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As mentioned in my last review just over 2 years ago, I said we'd be back here the next time in Newcastle. Sure enough, we were in this part of town and paid a return visit. The owner is from Kent and we were warned in the previous bar that he was grumpy. But we didn't find that. He just has a very dry sense of humour. Ales were Downton Quadhop, Red Willow Shameless, Great Orme Where There Be Dragons & Backyard 1898 Dark Mild. Ciders were Friel's Cider, Wise Owl Bittersweet Dry, Kent Cider Company Mango Cider, Cotswold Cider Company Freak Show & Sandford Orchards Devon Mist & Blindcider. Bottled lager is relabelled. I can't recall its name. But I believe it was "Pish", which is representative of the owner's sense of humour. Watch out for the spicy pork scratchings. They are hot! We moved on from here to Wellers, another decent bar and tap for Weal Ales, which I'll request to be added onto the website. Increasing my score for the Bridge Street Ale House to a 9/10. Probably the best place for a drink in Newcastle.
blue_scrumpy - 18 Mar 2018 12:37
After a visit to the excellent Lymestone Vaults (not listed on here - I'll request it), we had been alerted by a friend to this larger than expected micropub, just off Newcastle's main drags. The barman was friendly and knowledgeable. All the casks of ales and boxes of ciders are in a glass cabinet in the window. They are listed on blackboards along with a list of what is coming soon. The front bar has a number of high tables with bench-type seating. This gives way to a more comfortable seating area and another room with tables at the rear. Ales were Woodlands General's Tipple, Ramsgate Beautiful British Beer, Walls Allerton Pale & Peakstones Black Hole. Ciders were Sandford Orchards Pear Shaped, Olivers Shezam, Original Somerset Cider Company Bootleg Moonshine & Cornish Orchards Blush. I suspect we'll be back here next time we are in Newcastle.
blue_scrumpy - 7 Feb 2016 21:26
Oh dear ! If I’d realised I would be the first person to review this place for BITE, I would have made some notes to remind me. As it is I just have hazy memories ...

What can I say ? This place is an archetype micropub. Small, no lager, just real ale, no recorded music, just good conversation, no food, just snacks.

So the obvious place to start is with the beer. There were 4 real ales available. I can remember not being wildly excited about any of them, but they did represent a range of different beer types. I had the Happy Valley Blackout (a porter) which was nice, without being excellent. The main thing to note is that it’s a bit difficult to tell what beers are available. The bar area is immediately to the right of the entrance, but the pumps are against the right hand wall, so the barman has to stand in front of them obscuring your view !

The beers are listed on one of many lists on the wall, but it can be difficult to tell which list is which ! Other lists are for beers “coming soon” and “in transit”. Not sure what that latter means, but it included beers from a brewery that had already closed !

Seating is convivial – mainly on high benches with shelves to rest your beer on, and beer barrels to rest your feet. Clientele is friendly, and ready to advise on various matters (including your next pint).

7/10 – the epitome of a micropub

Martinsh - 1 Feb 2016 22:30

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