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The New Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne

2 Argyle Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Pub SignMan left this review about The New Bridge

Just a short walk from the city centre, on the wrong side of the A167(M), this is a classy little pub that is part of the ever reliable Fitzgerald chain. The interior is set out in an L-shape with the bar running along the longer side. The servery has some nice traditional touches including the decorative dark wood counter and bar back and smart integral lamps. The long side is carpeted and has a padded banquette opposite the bar and short, padded bench booths further along the same wall. At the far end is a single upholstered bench as well as high tables and stools to the side of a nice tiled fireplace with a fantastic painting of the city hung above it. The booths each have dark wood panels and shelves above them where ancient looking books have been stacked alongside ceramic whiskey and brandy barrels and other oddities such as a phrenology head. On the other side of the pub there is a smaller front section dominated by a large screen showing live football, although seating around here was considerably more limited. A structural wall screens this side from a cosy rear seating space with good bench and standard seating, another TV screen and some interesting bits on the walls such as a large map of the Tyne region. Some notably good music played throughout my stay, but this wasn't so loud as to be a distraction. The pub was considerably quieter than any other pub I visited on my Saturday evening crawl and I wondered if the slightly 'no man's land' location played a part in this.
The lack of custom certainly can't be put down to a lack of decent beer. The hand pumps had Credence Red, Anarchy Brew Co Blonde Star, Rat After Rat Mint and Fyne Vital Spark available and if the Vital Spark is anything to go by, they certainly know how to keep their beer. I believe there was also a real cider on and the pub does food, but only at lunchtimes.
I found this pub a very useful stopping point on my way back to the city after a brief crawl along the Ouseburn Valley. The pub has a comfy and welcoming feel to it and served up some good beer in smart, clean surroundings. Whilst the place might not be an essential port of call, it was nonetheless a good solid addition to my crawl and I hope the lack of customers was a bit of a blip, as they deserve to succeed.

On 13th May 2016 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The New Bridge

Comfy pub by the thundering A193/A167M. Mid-80s plush throwback interior with some comfy booth seating to left. Attractive feature fireplace sadly for decoration only. Nice stained glass door inlays and some large etched glass inlaid in mahogany(?) surround. Larger opened-out area beyond with drop-down TV screen showing cycling. A lesser-spotted Newcastle dart board off to the right as well as two old boys playing dominoes. Five ales on, my Fernandes Mulberry Mild was OK but lacked condition. Westons cider available. Decent place but not as inspiring as I’d hoped.

On 6th July 2015 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The New Bridge

Part of the Fitzgerald group, so you know it's going to be good. Found the pub to be very comfortable and well kept. My Tyne Bank Monument was a good session beer. Quite busy on our Sun eve visit.

On 8th August 2012 - rating: 8
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Richard Marx left this review about The New Bridge

I was in the New Bridge on thursday night with a couple of friends and we enjoyed the selection of real ales.

On 25th February 2012 - rating: 9
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ROB Camra left this review about The New Bridge

Gave this place another try and we were glad we did. Complete change of attitude from the staff and it looks like a new landlord & landlady as well. I had a couple of decent, well kept pints this time around and as we were peckish we ordered a sandwich each, which were very good value. Keep it going please guys.

On 20th January 2012 - rating: 7
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ROB Camra left this review about The New Bridge

Called in here again last Friday as we were staying nearby and intended to make this our first & last port of call on the two nights we were there. I ordered a pint of the Ossett beer that was on (the name escapes me). It was cloudy and smelt and tasted of vinegar. I took it back to the bar. The barman said "Oh Ossett beers never clear properly, have you tasted it?" Yes I said it's vinegary. "Oh Ossett beers often have an unusual taste" he said. I looked at him and said "That's just not true is it? This beer is at the end of the barrel isn't it?" "Well I'll change it for something else then, but there's nothing wrong with it". What a prat! It was exchanged with very bad grace, for a pint of Jarrow Rivet Catcher which was very good. Needless to say we didn't call in again that weekend. I suggest they get some staff who know something about beer and customer service. Was an 8 on my previous review, down to 4 now, especially as he didn't turn the pump clip round!

April 2010
Welcoming pub on the "wrong" side of the A167M which means that you have to make an effort to get here. It's well worth the detour. 4 handpumps serving ever changing guest ales, alcoves with leather seating, friendly bunch on both sides of the bar. We had lunch here, it was only a baguette and chips each but it was served quickly and was good quality, no scrimping on the fillings either. Had a couple of pints of well kept ale, the other half had a couple of glasses of red wine. What's not to like? Go and have a look.

On 14th September 2010 - rating: 4
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Gill Smith left this review about The New Bridge

Our first visit to this 2010 entry in the Good Beer Guide as we gave up trying to get there last time we went to Newcastle. It is a bit of a walk over footbridges to find it, but it was a good pub worth looking for. We chose Fernandes Bier Keller and Titanic Rule Britannia from the beers on offer and enjoyed both. Will be popular with the students from the nearby university - a weird looking building - as the food looked good and reasonably priced.

On 26th August 2010 - rating: 7
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