jubilee
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Cock Crow Inn
Hebburn | Pubs
Lovely food
5
I absolutely love this place and, despite it being out of my way, I always make a special effort to get there once a month. The pub has a homely feel and seems popular with locals. I like this pub for the food, which is excellent. I have sampled various dishes from sausage and mash to tikka masala but my favourite is the roast beef baguette and roast potatoes. The menu is quite extensive (and includes a kids menu) and there are also specials on the blackboard. The prices are very reaonable and the staff welcoming. I would highly recommend this place.
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Pacific House
Newcastle Upon Tyne | Bars and Wine Bars
Spectacular toilets
3
Pacific is a large, glass-fronted bar just off the main shopping street in Newcastle upon Tyne. Through the day, it is host to weary shoppers grabbing a bite to eat on one of the upper floors (there are three floors in total). Outside of office hours, workers from the city centre often go to unwind but at weekends, it is full of revellers. Being quite close to St James' Park, there are often supporters there pre or post match.
The food is nice enough and reasonable in place and the toilets are very nice (a little futuristic).
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Homely with good food
4
This is a great place if you like generous helpings of staple food in a pleasant atmosphere. It is a lot bigger than it look from outside, with various open-plan rooms shooting off from the bar area.
The ceilings are high and arched and have exposed beams, all of which makes this establishment feel spacious and airy.
Apparently the pub was a run-down old farmhouse about 20 years ago but it has been expertly renovated and improved. There's a good selection of food, including traditional roasts. When I went, I opted for a roast beef dinner. It was reasonably priced at around £7 and didn't disappoint. My plate contained a good amount of roast beef and yorkshire pudding only, with the potatoes and vegetables in a separate dish. I left feeling more than satisfied. Recommended
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The Fire Station
Whitley Bay | Pubs
Good first bar
4
The Fire Station is a Wetherspoons pub and so named as it is sited where a genuine Fire station used to be (there's a fireman's pole still in the bar). It is a decent enough bar for a breakfast, lunch or evening meal from Mon to Thurs. However, if you go Fri to Sun, you could well find yourself surrounded by drunk or hungover stags and hens.
The pub seems to be a popular early bar for those intent on enjoying the unique drinking establishments of Whitley Bay. Those same Fri or Sat revellers may well be back in there on the Sat or Sun morning for a much needed full english to help with the after-effects of too much alcohol the night before.
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Lovely food
5
This is a lovely place to go for something to eat. It has a reasonable menu but what makes it so good is the daily specials it offers. These specials offer a starter and main course or a main course and pudding for around a fiver! The best thing is that you can find out a whole week's worth of specials at the beginning of the week. The pub also has theme nights such as curry night, quiz night, etc.
Diners are separated from the drinkers and the room for diners in very cosy. The staff are delightful and very friendly. I would recommend this pub for nice, no-frills pub grub.
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Great location, decent food
3
Located on Tynemouth Front street and not far from Tynemouth priory is the Salutation Inn. It's a decent enough pub, serving very reasonably priced food (some things on the menu are 2 for £7.95). The wait was a little long when we were there but it was a nice day so lots of people had made a beeline for the beach and it was very busy. The tables could be better positioned as I was constantly having my chair knocked by passing customers. On the day I visited, I used public transport but I would imagine, if driving, there could be an issue with parking availability (especially when the weather is nice and people have flocked to the beach)
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Pizza Hut
Gateshead | Pizzerias
Unacceptable wait
2
OK so I might just have caught this particular Pizza Hut having a bad day but I cannot thinks of anything positive about this restaurant. Firstly, we were made to queue at the door for 15 minutes, despite being able to see at least a dozen empty seats through the window! Also, Pizza hut were running a promotion whereby patrons would receive 50% off their bill so that may have encouraged more customers than usual to dine that particular night.
Nonetheless, I found the service poor although the food was of the standard you come to expect from Pizza Hut. My husband asked for salad with his meal, it didn't arrive as the waitress forgot about it! It's a pity her forgetfulness didn't extend to the bill as they tried to charge us for it!
All in in, it's a Pizza hut so the food is reasonable enough but the service is poor. On a positive note, it is better than the nearby Wetherspoons!
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J.D Wetherspoon
Gateshead | Pub Restaurants
Gives Wetherspoons a bad name
1
I love Wetherspoons pubs. They are no frills, value for money and I have visited many, both in the North East and throughout the UK.
Without doubt, this is the worst one I have visited. I regularly go the Odeon at the metrocentre, which is next to this particular pub and have called in for a post cinema meal on a few occasions. The place is a disgrace to the Wetherspoons name. When you go in and find a table, you will be extremely fortunate if you find one free of the previous diner's dirty plates. If you are lucky enough to choose something on the menu that they actually have (you'd be amazed at how little they seem to have), it will arrive barely warm and the portions are pitiful.
If you want drinks only, go in but steer clear if you want a meal!
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Gold Medal
Gateshead | Pub Restaurants
Good food, not so great location
3
I stumbled across the Gold Medal onroute to a friend's house and decided to pop in. The location isn't the best and it would appear that the pub attracts many locals. There were large flat-screen TVs (handy when football is being screened and all gaming machines seemed to have someone playing, whilst being observed by others.
We went there for food and I recognised the menu as being idenitical to the one at my local, The Newton Park in Heaton. The food was brought quickly and nice enough. I opted for a roast beef and yorksire wrap, whilst my friend opted for chicken tikka masala. Both were nice enough. The Gold Medal, like my local also does various theme nights, curry night, etc. and some promotional offers like 2 meals for £8.
Overall, I would say that this this pub is OK to nip into if you happen to be in the vicinity but I wouldn't recommend you go out of your way to visit.
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The Black Bull
Newcastle Upon Tyne | Pubs
John Barras pub
3
The Black Bull is part of the John Barras chain of pubs. If you have ever been to a John Barras pub before, the menu and decor will be recognisable. The pub is rarely empty, largely due to its' location beside a large Department for Work and Pensions site.
As a result, the pub is frequented by many civil servants at lunchtime or at the end of the working day.
The food is nice enough but it won't blow you away. The pub (along with other John Barras pubs in the area) often have promotion offers on certain nights, e.g Buy One Get One Free.
All in all, a reasonable pub in terms of food quality and price.
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