I’d better get a move on or I’ll never get to my monthly stocktake, and you won’t know how many pubs I beat BRAPA by in January.
My second new Newcastle micro may be my Pub of the Month. Which is good, as it’s the local Pub of the Year already.
I’d assumed the Town Mouse would be under a railway arch, which is a really condescending assumption. Actually it’s in a basement in the heart of the shopping district (Eldon Square) next to the Spoons.
So I had ten minutes to beat the shoppers if I was going to get there by 5pm, when I assumed it would be busy.
I’d have made it if I hadn’t dawdled to take photos on Grey Street.
The Town Mouse has folk sitting at the bar, long tables and murky Almasty IPAs.
I know what you’re thinking, but I loved it.
Cheery, lived-in, unpretentious, inclusive. And that’s before I get onto those sausage rolls, beautifully kept away from the fridge. I guess the Cambridge equivalent would be the Blue Moon, where you can order murk without hostility.
Almasty Breakfast IPA will divide opinion; I gave it the full 5 stars. Go on your silly Untappd and get the tasting notes yourself. Perfectly matched with the chorizo sausage.
Mainly students rather than United fans, an obscure (i.e. not Bob or the Clash) reggae soundtrack and properly defaced toilets. “Very Bristol” I wrote (on my phone, not the toilet).
Somehow I had two hours to kill, so I popped in the Posada, which I’ll return to.
Central Newcastle manages the influx of 51,000 people rather well on matchday, with 49,000 of them in the Strawberry,
and 1,200 in the Labour Club. Sadly no Federation beers here, either.
Rubbish beers at St James, but (to be fair) a rather unbeatable atmosphere as the Mags scored their winning penalty. If you look closely you can make out some players.
My first City away trip of the season. Oddly it’s always a doddle getting tickets to the North-East; and always a season highlight. And you get out about two hours quicker than at West Ham.
I walked the two miles back to my hotel over High Level Bridge, a song in my heart (the Z Cars theme). It doesn’t get much better, does it ?