Reviews

The Tyne Scrapbook of Reviews

The Tyne Bar - Looking through the window at a band playing inside the bar

DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT !!

  • The Guardian – Newcastle’s Top 10 Craft Beer Pubs
  • The Crack – “The Tyne is one of the jewels of Tyneside’s pub scene”
  • Newcastle Central – “the Tyne is just about as good as it gets” – “94%”
  • The BurglarsDog – They rate the Tyne as one of the top 3 pubs in Newcastle
  • GigListings.co.uk – “I enjoyed this gig so much I nearly went for a Cauliflower Curry!”
  • The Good Pub Guide – “can get very full”
  • The Journal – “the Tyne is now a gem of a pub”
  • The Chronicle – “The Tyne is an oasis of excellent ales with a fantastic atmosphere”
  • The Chronicle – “you get the feeling this was planned, rather than just happening by chance”
  • PubsNewcastle.co.uk

The Guardian

Newcastle is home to a booming craft-beer scene that offers a range of great real-ale pubs and canny new-wave beer bars.

Established in 2000, Northumberland brewery Wylam is light on its feet. Its range of established, traditional English bitters please an older crowd while, in beers such as its new Jakehead IPA, it warmly embraces the big, punchy flavours, heavy-hopping and keg dispense that the craft beer scene has ushered in. Bar/ live music venue the Tyne is Wylam’s Newcastle “brewery tap”. It also serves two Samuel Smith lagers and Blue Moon wheat beer on draught. Prices are keen, the vibe easy-going and, on cask, Wylam’s Tyne Craft pale ale was in fine form. Its caramel body gives way to exotic fruit flavours and it tops-out with a satisfying bitterness.

The Crack – TyneTalk

The Tyne pub in Byker has become the talk of the US over the last few months.

The string of acts serving up some quite delectable alternative country, Americana, western swing and rockabilly on Tyneside over the last few months has been strictly top drawer stuff. The fact that they chose to do so at The Tyne is, in the words of David Coleman, quite remarkable. For the uninitiated, The Tyne is one of the jewels in Tyneside’s pub scene, slightly out of town, nestling under the Glasshouse Bridge, it has long since attracted those in search of a decent pint and flowing banter. Now they have the added attraction of some truly great gigs. Back in October last year Graham Anderson who is no stranger to music promotion in Newcastle with his involvement in The Jumpin’ Hot Club, approached The Tyne with the notion of putting on the US band Tandy. They happened to be passing through Newcastle on their UK tour and Graham managed to convince them that the gig would be very rewarding, artistically if not financially…A capacity audience turned up and they went down a storm. Since then Graham has collaborated with Ben Wilkinson, assistant manager at the pub, to bring bands such as The Be Good Tanyas, Paul Burch (Lamb Chop), Radiogram and The Songwriters’ Circle to the venue and the bands have been truly delighted by the intimate and friendly atmosphere. Not resting on their laurals, the next few weeks sees the pub also playing host to Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire (Chicago), Ewen Carruthers (California), Flophouse Junior (Canada) and Chris Mills (Texas). Quite a line-up for a little bar in Byker! And all free of charge. Just what exactly are you waiting for…?

Newcastle Central

The Tyne Bar – Maling Street – 94%

Notwithstanding the vagaries of personal taste, the Tyne is just about as good as it gets pub-wise in Newcastle. There’s nothing that really needs to be singled out for particular praise, it’s just that everything the Tyne provides, they provide well. There’s a wide range of draft lagers and real ales, a massive selection of spirits and very good value trebles available all day. Food is limited to toasties and sandwiches but the fillings are always interesting and there are barbecues on Sunday afternoons in the summer. It’s fairly small, but there’s a large overspill beer garden which is covered by the bridge which runs overhead so it can be used in any weather. The jukebox is free with an excellent range of alternative and good quality mainstream music, bands play regularly and they often do all day events with DJs and the like. There’s a good mix of drinkers so the atmosphere’s always fairly lively but the one thing everyone seems to have in common is that they’re just out for a good time, so there’s never any trouble, possibly aided by the fact that all the staff are the kind of people who’d be drinking there if they weren’t behind the bar. It’s a bit out of the way, but even that seems to be a plus point in some ways and it’s well worth making the effort to pay a visit.

The BurglarsDog – The Tyne Bar Review

Obviously a very knowledgable pub review site

Listed in the sites Top Three Pubs in Newcastle, this is an independent guide to drinking in Newcastle, written by Mark Jones and John Edgell. Click here to see the actual review. The Tyne is in the top three, and one of the others is The Trent House!

“You have to be an expert in gynaecology”

This is weird. At least half a dozen times we’d wandered right along the east Quayside trying to find this legendary “Tyne” boozer without once coming anywhere near it. And then, one Sunday afternoon, it appeared before us like some low-budget Brigadoon, and our prayers were answered. The Tyne has basically taken everything from the old Barley Mow – the management, the atmosphere, even the bloody pub sign -and lugged it lock, stock and barrel along the river to what used to be the Ship Tavern under Glasshouse Bridge. The thing is, though, there’s very little in the way of a tacky 80’s “theme” here, some criminal mullets notwithstanding. It’s not so much that time has stood still here, more that it’s proof that pubs can thrive and have a bit of character without being subjected to the whims of arsehole developers every few years. Technology comes in the form of The Tyne’s own website www.thetyne.com, advertised in huge letters on the front of the pub, and in Playskool lettering behind the bar. It’s obviously not fit to pick the sweet corn out of the Burglar’s Dog’s shite, but it’s worth a visit nonetheless. Even the stuff on the free jukebox is bang up to date, though you have to be an expert in gynaecology to fiddle with the insides and get the damn thing working. The décor’s nowt to write home about – some Gaudi-esque bust crockery on one wall, a church pew outside, a big sunflower mural in the beer garden under the bridge, band posters everywhere else, but none of it seems forced in the way that your average refit does. I’ll reserve judgment on the live music in the beer garden, since I’ve got no idea what playing under a bridge does for the acoustics, but 10/10 for effort regardless. And speaking of bands, I saw a flyer for a Woosh Records sad nostalgia night clagged to the wall on the way to the toilet. Them were the days: fey indie strummers, flexi discs, and fanzines with spelling worse than Egdell’s. All this, and the beer’s spot on, too. And just to show you how good this place made me feel, I didn’t even mind seeing bairns in here, since they looked more like hippified children of the revolution than the usual charver kids trying to nick your wallet. If only I wasn’t such a bone-idle bastard I’d be along here every week.

For:This place just underlines what a complete cock-up the Firkin chain made when they gutted the Barley Mow.

Against:Do not, under any circumstances, use the hot tap in the Gents. You will lose your skin, your bones and possibly your life. You have been warned.

This pub’s previous incarnation, The Ship Tavern, was apparently a whorehouse. In Byker? Jesus, how low would you have to stoop to satisfy your urges there? Have people never heard of the chopped-liver-in-a-jam-jar trick? Though, on reflection, the liver probably cost more.

Make sure you have a squint at the review of the Fog & Firkin to see the contrast. It makes me weep.

GigListings.co.uk – Tyne bar Steve Daggett Gig Review

Steve Daggett, Tyne, Maling Street, Newcastle

I’ve at last found time to put a few words down about this gig, it will stick in my memory for a long while, due mainly to the musical variety and quality it provided and also the magical atmosphere it generated. Rock on.

I’ve seen Steve quite a few times over the last couple of years, enjoying every gig, with Steve and his acoustic guitar/harmonica running through his original song list and covers; always generating a warmth very few can achieve. But now he’s plugged in and we have thrice the Steve Daggett on offer, the solo troubadour, as the centre of an excellent and very musical trio and also as the main man in a superb ‘full-on’ electric band. This guys been and done it all, over a career spanning too many years to mention, band member/leader, producer/engineer, singer/songsmith, a man of many talents all coming forth in the crowning glory of gigs like this. And to top it all he’s a (very) canny human being.

We had the solo stuff from Steve’s superb ‘Troubadour Territory’ CD, the compulsive quad of Hully songs and the emotive tribute to Alan Hull in the form of the special ‘Mandolin Moon’ from ‘Troubadour Territory’). We had the magic of Rachael Rhodes on violin and the effervescent Michael Bailey on stand-up electric bass forming the ‘acoustic’ (ish) trio, this works, big time. Then we were all knocked over by the ‘electric band’ of Steve on electric guitar, Steve Martin on fretless bass, Phil Armstrong on lead guitar and Jeff Armstrong on drums.

The afternoon’s musical variety showed a vast and all encompassing knowledge of what’s right and proper and the set sparkles enough to keep any audience enthralled. We had the many original SD numbers spliced into covers from all points everywhere. There was the expected (and appreciated and enjoyed) Lindisfarne stuff, Lou Reed (how many people cover ‘Sweet Jane’ as good as this?), a huge slice of Neil Young (so that’s me happy – check out their version of ‘Cowgirl In The Sand’, awesome!!), Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings and on and on we go. To end a set with Bowies ‘Five Years’ segued with ‘Ziggy Stardust’ was rather cool to say the least.

I enjoyed this gig so much I nearly went for a Cauliflower Curry!

Steve can be proud of this little (!) bunch of musicians and coupled with Steve’s excellent original material and such a fine choice of covers on offer he spoils us. By the end I had sung myself stupid (er), drank myself to oblivion (so what’s new?) and enjoyed a great afternoon of special music in a magical atmosphere. Check out Steve’s CD and be enthralled reading the history behind this main man at http://www.stevedaggett.co.uk/index.html.

I can’t wait for the next gig, but I suppose I must. Not great, bloody great!

Good Pub Guide 2002 Review

“Single-room pub at confluence of Ouseburn and Tyne, Black Sheep, Durham Magus and seasonal beers, exotic hot or cold sandwiches all day, band posters; free CD juke box, fruit machine, sports TV, live music Sat afternoon, Weds/Sun evening, lavatories up stairs; fairy-lit garden (loudspeakers out here too) under an arch of Glasshouse Bridge, barbecues Sun lunch, early Fri evening; open all day, can get very full.”

Fine beer, great atmosphere and sexy football too. (The Journal Review of The Tyne Bar, April 1999)

A free juke box has an eclectic collection of CD’s, including local groups such as Stan and The Hokum Hotshots. It is particularly popular at weekends and busy throughout the week……….On previous visits I have enjoyed the selection of sandwiches, a cut above the normal pub sarnie. The quality of the bread made a difference to me – the perfect accompaniment to an early evening pint……..There is also the most unusual beer garden I have come across………The Tyne is now a gem of a pub. A pleasant way to reach it is to walk from Newcastle city centre along the redeveloped Quayside.

PUB VISIT (Evening Chronicle Tyne Bar Review, 3 September 1997)

Hidden away under bridges and viaducts, The Tyne is an oasis of excellent ales with a fantastic atmosphere…….With a keenness to sell locally-brewed beers as well as the premium lagers and trendier drinks, the pub is one to note down on anyone’s book………The prices are all reasonable but become even better in the pub’s “150 happy minutes” on weekday evenings……….The Tyne’s beer garden has a natural defence from the rain, making it a great asset and the atmosphere to the bar is warm and friendly……..Definitely a place to out of your way to discover, and certainly a bar you’ll visit again.

THE TYNE IS AN OASIS OF GOOD BEER (Evening Chronicle review, 10 January 1996)

Buried beside the mouth of the Ouseburn, The Tyne is a little oasis of good beer and good atmosphere………The new-look pub is dimly lit with a well stocked bar and arty posters plastered over every bit of wall space. Those who remember the Barley Mow will feel at home in The Tyne, and you get the feeling this was planned, rather than just happening by chance.

PubsNewcastle.co.uk – Pub Review, The Tyne Bar, Newcastle

Not so much a review as an estate agents listing, still, it is about us.

Medium sized traditional Newcastle pub that has a long wooden bar and an excellent range of drinks. There is comfortable leather lounge seating around the interior with plenty of wooden tables and chairs. The pub is fully carpeted throughout and is decorated in a traditional style. The walls are adorned with local pictures and posters advertising forthcoming and past events.

The pub is bright and airy and there is air conditioning, with ceiling fans used at certain times. A large TV is situated in one corner and there are several games machines dotted about the bar. There is a free juke box to the left of the bar that is stocked with over 100 CD’s. Regular music is on play at most times and a DJ is featured usually on a Sunday evening. Live Music is also featured on a Sunday with a board beside the bar displaying forthcoming bands and events.

A beer garden is a unique feature of the pub as it is located under the Glasshouse bridge and can be used in all weather conditions. The beer garden has plenty of wooden tables and benches with a large mural on the wall. The pub is very popular and has a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere at all times. It is frequented mainly by locals, students and at times Quayside visitors. It is also a popular venue for real ale drinkers and for people attending the live music events.

Disabled access to main bar very good but difficult to the toilets that are upstairs. Toilets are small and clean.

Check out the pubs own web site on www.thetyne.com for news of live events.