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The Quayside was my final pub of 36 over 4 days in Newcastle. It's one of Wetherspoons' Lloyds bars and has a modern feel to it. Being quite late in the evening, it was attracting a younger crowd. Ale selection was limited to Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best, Sharps Doom Bar, Sonnet 43 Abolition & Seraphim & Arundel Winter Knights. But a pint of Thistly Cross Whisky Cask rounded my evening off quite nicely.
blue_scrumpy - 22 Jan 2017 23:35
Visited this pub on a pleasant Sunday morning, with markets happening nearby and with the river & bridges looking magnificent. Everyone in northern England agreed with me & were out & about enjoying the day, so the pub was rammed. I managed to find a perch & had a pleasant pint of Doom Bar (2.55), getting served just in front of a big bunch of cyclists (all bulging obscenely in lycra) who hogged the bar & ordered a bewildering range of coffees & soft drinks. Despite the crowds I thought this pub an above average Wetherspoons.
Queenslander - 4 Sep 2016 22:30
Who will rid us of this turbulent pub chain? Enough is enough.
BoehmBawerk - 21 Aug 2015 21:45
Had Erdinger on draught which I have not seen before in a wetherspoon. Ales were not so interesting though. Not as good as the Wetherspoon in Westergate on the beer choice.
Maybe a 6.5 ?
ArhurPint - 12 Oct 2014 11:42
Have been in this pub on a number of occasions when visiting Newcaslte (when it has been both busy and quiet) and would recommend it for both food and drink. It features a pleasant atmosphere, efficient service, reasonably low prices, decent enough food and a good range of drinks on draught. The different draught largers I have tried have always been fine as well. The pub also has two beer gardens, of which the front one opens onto the river so this is not a bad place to spend a sunny afternoon.
MickeyPearce - 10 Feb 2013 23:44
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.
rpadam - 12 Sep 2009 17:42
For a Lloyds (Wetherspoons) bar this is pretty good, quieter than I'd expected for a Sunday afternoon, there were a lot of people sitting outside, so we found a table inside quite easily. Food was the usual Wetherspoons fare, nowt wrong with that, and the pint I had was crackin' (Big Lamp Bitter) so nothing to complain about really, even the toilets were clean! I've not spent a night in Newcastle yet but when I do I'll put this on my crawl list!
budvar_1 - 12 Jul 2009 22:38
Above average chain pub & a regular stop when im in Newcastle. Usual range of beers, friendly staff, & good chain pub food, Above all the view of the river & the cobbled beer garden make this pub a good place for a pint at lunch, as the day wears on the pub changes to a more club atmostpher with upbeat tunes & disco lighting but still has a friendly feel.
Biglad13 - 24 Jun 2009 09:42
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.
ROBCamra - 19 Jan 2009 15:07
Living nearby, I have visited this pub on four separate occasions and won't be getting to five. Excellent location and potential but spoiled by the dismal and grimy state of the premises. Have tried real ales on each visit and all have been too warm, on the verge of going off or undrinkable. Very disappointing offering from the JDW chain.
keith253 - 8 Jan 2009 16:53
Ok i suppose for a couple when its hot and can sit outside. Could do with a clean to be honest. Normally full of muppets on stag do's or hen parties which desend on the town every weekend it seems now from every shithole in Britain. Nowt special.
scoreboard1 - 23 Sep 2008 19:15
On thursday 3rd April we (me and my family) crossed the Tyne bridge from Newcastle to Gateshead for a laugh. We returned to Newcastle via the Swing bridge. We instantly realised that we were very close to the pub under review, (although we didn't think of it in those terms at the was more a case of we need a wee, here is a pub) Anyway we really liked this pub the beer was fantastic! The view was second to none if you got a seat out the front next to the river. We ended up in a very charming and big courtyard to the rear.
This was my favourite Wetherspoons visit, perhaps because I didn't eat the crap they call food, perhaps because it was sunny and perhaps because we'd had such a lovely day but it might have been because The Quayside is as good as Wetherspoons gets.
GeorgeXXIII - 6 Apr 2008 23:39
Seemed rather dismal inside to me, also not the cleanest pub I have been to. However, great location next to the river and a fantastic pint of Geordie Pride.
Floyd - 3 Oct 2007 20:12
Although they could do with a few more staff.
Good food and lovely atmosphere.
Tracee1 - 8 May 2007 16:34
Fantastic Well Kept Pint Of Geordie Pride RA,Friendly service,extremely nice building and location,top marks to this LN1,9/10
fat_beer_badger - 12 Mar 2007 10:26
Ok as far as Lloyds / Wetherspoons goes, reasonable real ale but not always a good selection, worth visiting if only as a stopping off place for the Cooperage opposite which is excellant.
beer_finder_general - 28 Feb 2007 11:13
On Thursday the 15th of December my office party met at the Quayside Bar in Newcastle for our Christmas gathering. From the get go this was a disaster starting with no apparent place or person to help us work out where we were sitting. When we spoke to a member of staff they disappeared for 10 minutes before arriving to tell us where to go. Our table was booked in for 6pm and we weren't seated until half past. Our drink order was taken first and this took 20 mins to arrive for twelve people with all drinks and glasses being produced next to the table from a scummy cardboard box. The food wasn't much better and was so awful that most people only ate because they were so hungry due to the waiting and that there was nothing else on offer. The general feeling was that nothing was fresh and a lot was deep fried with the exception of corn on the cob (can't deep fry that but they may have tried on an ealier occasion with bad results). Most main courses were served cold and sent back then brought back piping hot which suggests they have a 2000 watt microwave in their Kitchen. The Waiter wasn't attentive or apologetic and our dessert was brought to us by a chef with food stains on his apron. All in all we were seated for 3 hrs and still hungry by the end of it.

I understand that this is a well liked pub and as a pub I agree its a good place. I don't think that the poor service was the fault of the staff either but the management. This is a pub and not a restaurant so they shouldn't be masquerading as one. The food is poor and the service is terrible but being in amongst the christmas drinkers was most probably the cause of this. The place was rammed with people wanting drinks because it is a boozer and not a restaurant. Makes sense. If we had known this we wouldn't have booked a table there on a false promise.

I wouldn't recommend eating there to anyone. Buy a kebab and chips or a pizza after the pub on the way home and get some real food inside you! Sprouts at Christmas are bad enough but when they are brown with freezer burn imagine how appetising they look.
gcmoog - 19 Dec 2005 13:10
On friday 12th December 2003 we (BT Indirect Channels Project Team)had our Xmas party at the Quayside bar in Newcsatle, and may I say a big thank you from eeveryone to all your staff who were involved with the preparation of the night. The food was execptional for the price we paid and the quality of decorations and quality and quantity of drink and service was second to none. Hopefully next year if we are all together we will certainly be coming back, and also spread the word and tell friends of the perfect night we had.


Kath Fairrington - 16 Dec 2003 13:25

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