PALACES, PRODIGY, PUBMEISTER @ THE WYLAM TAP

 

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My last Newcastle pub for GBG19 was an exciting 45 minute 37 minute hike through the Ouseburn and Jesmond to Exhibition Park, hitherto unknown territory for me.

Wylam

Ouseburn, of course, went posh in the new millennium with the arrival of a children’s museum, craft beer in the Cluny and pashminas in the Free Trade.

Pleasingly, it still retains a bit of an edge on a Thursday afternoon.

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Grit
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Time I visited that one as well

Not quite Stokes Croft, but plenty of great art next to the independent coffee houses,

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No idea

and a touching tribute to Keith.

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Keith

I knew Wylam Brewery are ambitious, but their Tap in the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park is still startling.

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Somewhere here
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The Palace of Arts

Clearly the brewery comes before the Tap, as it’s limited opening hours preclude the lunchtime trade of the city centre.  Quiet at 5pm, busy when I left at 6.30.

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View to the lake

Fear not, Simon. This one has keg AND cask.

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Order by number
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And they take cash

I’d just ordered my Galatia Pale and the “chicken-flavoured fish” (honest) when I got this message.

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Yes, the two of us were both 200 miles from home but 10 minutes apart.  Could I get my food and escape before Duncan turned up and humiliated it me with his ticks ?

No.  The Jakehead IPA had to have the barrel changed and took 20 minutes to come, so Duncan and his charming chatty daughter Helen had to make polite conversation about Darlington micro pubs for half an hour.  They were great company.

The staff and beer (NBSS 4.5) were just as good. As you expect in one of our Top 5 Pub Cities (FACT).

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Sadly for my readers, Duncan declined to be photographed, so you’ll have to re-read this post for a debut appearance of those famous knees.

8 thoughts on “PALACES, PRODIGY, PUBMEISTER @ THE WYLAM TAP

  1. Apart from the obligatory white tiles behind the bar that’s another great looking tap I’d be happy to spend an hour or two getting sozzled in.
    Newcastle is some contrast to your previous hack through the Scottish pub wilderness.

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