Before I start, I should sympathise with the folk who didn’t get a drink on Friday night. Some of Mrs RM’s Scottish colleagues have apparently found pubs round Edinbugh Waverley shut entirely, denting shares in Tennents.
No such trauma in Newcastle, though the centre looked a little less crowded as folk decided not to rely too much on an already reduced metro service.
The pubs between St James and the station looked their usual splendid selves, but obviously I was on a strict schedule and resisted this gem.
The council had kindly provided skis at the top of Pink Lane which meant I beat the Google Maps estimate by a whole 3 minutes. These things matter.
I’m not saying Tyneside CAMRA rotate their GBG entries, but Tyneside CAMRA rotate their GBG entries, so this year the Victoria Comet gets its day in the sun. And very good it is too, albeit the quietest station pub I’ve seen for a while.
It’s very Newcastle. And very Nicholsons.
You know my thoughts on pubs with home nations flags. But at least the beer range included beers you’ve heard of.
And I do like those chunky Nicholsons hand pumps.
As with most Nicholsons pubs, I have very little to say. Pleasant dark furnishings, big windows, well-presented pint of Tyneside Blonde (NBSS 3.5), and very little drama, I could have been in Pizza Express.
I shouldn’t have savoured that pint quite so much; I missed the metro by one minute. That is really annoying as it kept Mrs RM waiting for her noodles.
So I popped next door to the new Newcastle Tap, to see if craft can usurp Carlsberg in the Toon.
It wasn’t heaving, which at least made it more pleasant than on the BRAPA visit recently, but I’m giving it the big thumbs-up, if only because I could actually read the beer list.
More Beermoth than Euston Tap, with some interesting local stuff on cask.
As you know I’d always go for the Bass or Theakston over the homebrew, but the Gamma Leonis Stout was a corker (NBSS 4). Newcastle beer quality rarely disappoints.
OK, mostly folk 25-35, and not much hilarious drunkenness, but sometimes you go in a pub for a nice drink rather than a photo of an Old Boy. This was great.
As Si said at the time “Just how many bars does Newcastle Central Station need ?”. More to the point, where is it dragging the business away from ?