Saturday morning saw two of our three family members unwilling to stir from their Novotel slumber, so I left them the emergency supplies (mainly cinnamon bagels) I’d packed for the hazardous northward journey, and set off on the metro to finish Tyne & Wear GBG.
5 ticks, all in places on this stylish extract.
It may have been a reduced timetable but the trains ran on time, so well done Tyne & Wear Metro.
As I passed Gateshead International Stadium I searched my App for the nearest GBG pub (in case I needed an urgent loo stop). Slim pickings, it’s fair to say.
The definitive work on Sunderland pubs is, of course, BRAPA. He was here this year as Hull Tigers lost to the Black Cats. Looking back on my last post a year ago I have to pinch myself as I realise I really did describe Aleks Kolarov as the new Beckenbauer back then.
These days the Black Cats fans rely more and more on ancient memories;
The trudge past that charity raffle to Chaplins provided the proof that snow happens. And I thought it was fake news.
Chaplins provides further proof than Sunderland has unlimited reserves of Proper Pubs, ready to be drip-fed into the GBG on a rotational basis.
As you’ll tell by the name. the multiple TV screens, and a 10am opening time that tickers treasure, it’s a pub geared up for FUN. Sir Quinno, who knows a pub or two, has the only review on Pubs Galore, which tells you a lot.
It’s a bit of a barn, but a pleasant barn, full of colour and history. Mainly high tables, but enough proper seating to satisfy the Old Boys.
Perhaps I’m just a sucker for Vaux.
Chaplins is clearly pushing its real ale credentials, even if they are almost entirely Marston’s credentials. That suits me, but it still feels a hefty range for a lager city.
Perhaps 11am on a non-football day is a good day to visit. The service was cheery, the (already-pulled) Cumberland was OK (NBSS 3 at a push), and there was a gentle pubby buzz. No-one showed any interest in the Premier League round-up, oddly.
A rush back to the Metro through quirky Derwent St past the boutiques and bistros was equally rewarding.
This time I made it with 11 seconds to spare.