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The Quayside (Lloyds No 1), Newcastle Upon Tyne

35-37 The Close
Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Lloyds No. 1 (J D Wetherspoon)

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Brainy Pool left this review about The Quayside (Lloyds No 1)

an attractive olde worlde Spoons with loads of areas, it was relaxing enough when I was in with no music. It’s a reasonable place, bet it can be very hard to find a seat at weekends though. Service very informal. Ale selection uninspiring.

On 12th March 2020 - rating: 5
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Aqualung . left this review about The Quayside (Lloyds No 1)

I don't believe this is no longer a Lloyds as when I visited it on a Thursday afternoon there was music playing, something that generally only happens in a Lloyds. The other pointer was the poor ale selection which I'll cover later. I failed to spot an upstairs area but it seems to be an old warehouse type building (or buildings) with a U shape and an inviting cobbled open area between the two sides. I also didn't venture into the open area overlooking the river.
The bar has just six hand pumps which had 2 unused Sonnet 43 Raven Porter, Ruddles, Maxim Swedish Blonde and the boring JDW International beer that is supposed to celebrate a football competition. If this were a standard JDW rather than a Lloyds this choice would be laughable. I went for the Raven Porter (£2.39) which was in good nick. I left here thinking it could be so much better.

On 8th June 2016 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Quayside (Lloyds No 1)

Blessed with a perfect location on the banks of the Tyne, this is a large, rambling U-shaped Wetherspoons pub. The pub has entrances on both the road and river sides of the building. Entering from the river side, you pass a very appealing patio area with a good amount of seating overlooking the Tyne and neighbouring Swing Bridge - no doubt a great spot for a drink in the summer months. The main bar area is to the left of this entrance and is separated from the rest of the pub, which provides several seating areas. The bar area has some nice stone walls and large wooden beams above the doorways. To the front of this space there is a slightly lower seating area in a fairly dark recess and a nicer mezzanine up some steps which looks down over the bar. You turn right from the bar for a long seating area which completes the U shape by wrapping around a sizeable central courtyard. This is a long disjointed space where the seating is primarily in the form of standard tables and chairs, some of which also offer good views out towards the river. The décor is much the same as you'd expect in any other Wetherspoons bar and there were the usual TV screens showing vapid promotional material. Stairs lead up to a first floor bar which was empty on this visit but no doubt provides much needed overspill on busy nights. The courtyard has a good deal of picnic bench seating and has a nice arched gateway leading out to the road, with the pub's name spelled out across the top.
There were six handpulls on the bar dispensing three guest ales and two 'Spoons regulars, with the final pump unused. I visited for breakfast, so I didn't bother with any of these options and instead settled for a mug of tea with my fry-up. The food was the usual cheap but reliable stodge and the bar and waiting staff were all very friendly.
I found this a very unusual pub, set in a fairly impractically shaped building which I imagine would be awkward to navigate during particularly busy periods. The real highlight here is the riverside setting and should I return during the summer, I would definitely make a beeline here to bag one of the benches outside. As it stands though, this is a fairly middling 'Spoons experience and not really worth skipping some of the city's finer pubs for.

On 17th May 2016 - rating: 6
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Quayside (Lloyds No 1)

A Lloyds venue no longer, as the pub is now a Spoons house. We called in on a Sunday afternoon, where we found a good few customers outside along the quays enjoying some spring sunshine. The interior had numerous seating areas both upstairs and down. The space was originally three separate buildings of different age and is now all knocked into one. The pub is horseshoe in shape, with an internal courtyard at the rear. We especially liked the upstairs lounge with the exposed roof trusses and good views over the Tyne. Six handpumps on this visit, with five in operation, so we went for the Black Paw Archbishop's Ale.

On 18th March 2015 - rating: 5
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hondo . left this review about The Quayside (Lloyds No 1)

Large wetherspoons (Lloyds) pub overlooking the river.

On 8th February 2013 - no rating submitted
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Malden man left this review about The Quayside (Lloyds No 1)

This is a riverside Lloyds No 1 bar with several interconnected areas. Clearly a building of some age, 16th century according to the plaque outside, the main bar has plenty of exposed stone and a beamed ceiling, the upstairs rooms retain fine examples of oak roof trusses as well as affording majestic river and bridge views. Keg only bar upstairs plus bottles. There is a mezzanine at the end of the bar.
The ground floor bar isn't much better beerwise with just two guests, Big Lamp Embers and Shepherd Neame Rudolph's Reward as well as Ruddles and Abbot.
There is a massive area of outdoor seating to the courtyard plus some more facing the Tyne, this pub is always very busy and popular in good weather especially with the abundant Stag and Hen parties that descend on this city. Thankfully last weekend was very cold and the location less inviting so giving an opportunity for a riverside pint and a bite to eat in peace.

On 3rd December 2012 - rating: 5
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peter ashworth left this review about The Quayside (Lloyds No 1)

Set in an historic area of the quayside,with an outside seating area at the front overlooking the Tyne,and a large courtyard to the rear,and seems to attract a mixed crowd of business people,locals and tourists alike.Found the pub quite smart inside,being well furnished and thought the toilets were exceptionally clean.Certainly worth a visit.

On 22nd January 2012 - rating: 7
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ROB Camra left this review about The Quayside (Lloyds No 1)

I think this place is pretty good for a Lloyds No 1. OK it could do with a bit of a deep clean but it's a decent design with 2 outside areas for the 3 days per year when it's sunny up here. Obviously the clientele are dressed for summer whatever the weather. Has a couple of guests ales on tap and they've always been pretty good when I've been here. Had breakfast here once as well and that was OK too. Seen a lot worse. But as the latest time we called it was one of the three sunny days we couldn't get a seat anywhere outside for people drinking coffee.

On 19th May 2010 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Quayside (Lloyds No 1)

Had the advantage of visiting on an unusually warm and sunny September day, so able to sit and take in the grand views of the High Level Bridge and other majestic structures crossing the Tyne. As previously mentioned, it has a large array of benches outside but indoors it has the look and feel of one of the smaller Wetherspoons rather than a Lloyds No 1 bar. Had a very nice pint of the local and appropriately named Geordie Pride from Mordue Brewery.

On 12th September 2009 - rating: 7
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