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The Mile Castle (Lloyds No 1), Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Westgate Road & Grainger Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 5XU
Phone: 01912111160
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Lloyds No. 1 (J D Wetherspoon)

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Aqualung . left this review about The Mile Castle (Lloyds No 1)

I came here on a Thursday evening and spotted a clip for a beer called Toon Broon which I thought I would try. I was told by the barmaid that it wasn't actually on so asked her why the clip was displayed and she said something I couldn't discern. As this is another JDW that insists on displaying beers that aren't available I've reduced the score from 7 to 3. I wonder if this is a trading standards issue. I walked out in disgust.

Visit Jun 2016
I turned up here at around 22:00 on a Wednesday and was relieved to find no loud music or flashing lights which I assume happens on Friday & Saturday nights. It's been well described below and I stuck to the ground floor but did notice the lighting rig at the end of the rectangular room.
Beers available from the ten hand pumps on this level were the JDW Trio Of Doom, Cameron's Strongarm, Mordue Workie Ticket, Sonnet 43 Raven Porter, Firebrick Coalface & Pagan Queen, Big Lamp Prince Bishop and the JDW footbore one. I went for the Raven (£2.35) which was in good nick.
This is very good for a Lloyds and reasonably good for a city centre JDW but I would hate to come here late on a Friday or Saturday.

On 18th August 2018 - rating: 3
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Mile Castle (Lloyds No 1)

This grand building, close to the Central train station, was formerly the head office for the TSB Bank. After a short, ill-advised period operating as a sports bar, during which time the building partially collapsed after the owners removed a load-bearing wall, the venue was taken over by Wetherspoons, who opened the place as a Lloyds No 1 bar in 2009. The venue is now split over three levels and was very busy when I popped in for breakfast on a Sunday morning. You enter past some very limited pavement seating into a predominantly empty space with a couple of sofas and a wall that screens this space from the rest of the pub. Passing the wall, you emerge into a typically vast 'Spoons style main bar area with the servery running along the left hand wall. Seating options seem fairly restricted here, with several high tables and stools through the middle of the room and tub chairs elsewhere. A staircase leads up to a first floor bar with the servery in a similar location. Up here there are lots of standard tables and chairs with a few colourful paintings on the walls and a large mural on the end wall. The usual 'Spoons info boards can be found dotted around the place and there are some pleasing light fittings which look good in such a large, open space. Another staircase leads up to a second floor area with its own bar and comfier seating options including several more sofas. Essentially you have a drinking barn on the ground floor, a dining room on the first floor and a lounge on the second floor, which seems like a sensible approach for a city centre 'Spoons hoping to appeal to all-comers.
There are countless handpulls across the three different bars, but as far as I could tell, most had beers doubled up from other floors. On the ground floor bar I noted three guest ales and two 'Spoons regulars. It being early in the morning after a long crawl the night before, I opted for a mug of tea with my breakfast, so I can't comment on the quality of the ales.
I was impressed with the scope of this huge conversion and thought it was a bit disappointing that this seemingly hadn't translated into a wider selection of ales. The place is set up well to cater for a broad range of customers, giving the public access to a fine old building that might otherwise have been lost to us, but beyond the scale of the pub, there's not much here that you won't have seen before.

On 13th May 2016 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Mile Castle (Lloyds No 1)

A three-tiered mega Spoons, with a bar on each floor. Little of the original interior remains but the general décor is good - carpeted, wood panelling and various bits of local history and old portraits. The top tier is the best room, with stained glass windows, lovely ceiling moulds and good views from the windows. There's also an impressive hireable room. Ale selection pretty much the same on all floors, though the greatest choice is on the ground floor; however it’s a Lloyds so don’t expect huge quantities of guest ales. My Mordue Radgie Gadgie was in good shape. Staff were noticeably chipper, a bit unusual for the chain. Although not as stunning as its near neighbour the Union Rooms, this place is still worth checking out.

On 6th July 2015 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Malden man
Newcastle, 0.15 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Manors, 0.74 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Dunston, 2.68 miles, 51 min walk (show)
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18th Aug 2018, 13:15
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18th Aug 2018, 13:12
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  • CAMRA Discount : No - JDW 50p CAMRA vouchers only - last updated 06 July 2015 by Quinno _
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