Cosy North-East Pubs for a Winter Pint

Published: Friday 11th Nov 2016

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

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What better way to keep warm this winter than by a roaring fire in a cosy pub? With the nights getting dark earlier and the icy bite in the air, here are some of the favourite fireplaces to curl up with a pint by in the North-East.

  • The Cumberland Arms

Byker, NE6 1LD

This is a great traditional pub in the heart of the Ouseburn Valley. There is something for everyone with great beer, mouth-watering food, live music, comedy and theatre.

The Cumberland Arms has stained glass windows, open fires and back room music nights, making it a hit with people of all ages. 

For the cold winter nights in the beer garden you can hire a ‘Snuggle Pack’ for a £5 deposit. These packs include a hot water bottle and blanket.

  • The Forth

Pink Lane, Newcastle, NE1 5DW

This city centre pub was previously famous for hosting Victorian boxing matches. These days, it is a laid back local with a roaring log fire and a relaxed atmosphere.

There are 10 specialty beers and ciders on offer at the bar as well aa 5 carefully kept real ales. The Forth believe it’s all about quality not quantity.

Everyday freshly prepared pub food is served and its traditional Sunday roasts are very popular. The Forth also hosts a weekly wine club and DJ night.

  • The Angel of Corbridge

Main Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5LA

The Angel is a historic coaching inn built in 1726. Renowned for its use of local produce, it is a great gathering place for all day dining. The Angel has Northumbrian traditions in its bar, a lounge with a real log fire, a barn restaurant, private dining room and a fish and chip take away perfect for taking a late night supper back to your holiday cottage.

  • The Beehive

Hartley Lane, Earsdon, Whitley Bay, NE25 0SZ

This is a great country pub offering fantastic food. It is close to the coast and in view of St. Mary’s Island. The Beehive is great for a lazy Sunday lunch, a quick drink after work or even to watch the match.

The Beehive pub is a Grade II listed building that became an inn in 1896. It maintains its old charm and character with low beamed ceilings and snug dining areas.

Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 4LN

The Rat Inn overlooks the Tyne Valley and the market town of Hexham and has spectacular views from its stunning terraced beer garden. You can enjoy a drink or meal in its cosy bar while a cast iron range blazes away with a further log burning range at the opposite side of the room.

The Rat is well known for its hearty and traditional locally sourced food, hand pulled beers and welcoming atmosphere.

  • The Blackbird

North Road, Ponteland, NE20 9UH

This historic pub goes back over 500 years and part of the pub is made up of the remains of Ponteland Castle. In 1935, experts uncovered an ancient tower, a beautiful Tudor fireplace and many other ancient objects, which die to restorations, can still be seen in the pub today. The Blackbird is a blend of old and new and central to village life with a good mix of customers.

The food menu here changes with the seasons and boasts country pub favourites combined with contemporary flair. 

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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