Great Pubs of England: The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle
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Great Pubs of England: The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle

The Bridge Hotel occupies one of the most spectacular locations in Newcastle, boasting incredible views of the colossal High Level Bridge and the iconic Tyne Bridge.

Keywords: Newcastle pubs, Bridge Hotel Newcastle, James Cackett, Robert Burns Dick, Laing Art Gallery, Tyne Bridge, High Level Bridge, Art Nouveau, pubs in Newcastle, great pubs of England, newcastle upon tyne, sir john fitzgerald, fitzgerald pubs, Tyne The Bridge Hotel occupies one of the most spectacular locations in Newcastle, boasting incredible views of the colossal High Level Bridge and the iconic Tyne Bridge. The pub is located right next to the historical Castle Keep from which Newcastle derives its name. Built on a medieval site, the Bridge Hotel is a traditional venue boasting quiet secluded areas, cosy Victorian snugs, wooden panelling and carved fittings, together with stained glass windows and highly detailed mosaics.

The Bridge Hotel was designed in 1899 by the important Newcastle architects James Cackett and Robert Burns Dick, who also designed the Laing Art Gallery and the architectural portions of the Tyne Bridge.

It features a ground floor of ashlar (dressed stone) and a second floor of red brick, before a turret erupts above the roofline. The building is in the Art Nouveau style, and the turret exhibits the sinous, flowing lines typical of the style. The façade is divided into three bays by a series of Tuscan columns. The double doors are framed with architraves under segmental pediments and carved tympana. There are curved bow windows in the centre, with pictorial stained glass. A wide oriel window projects from the first floor.

The interior has high-quality mahogany chimney piece and fittings. This is a very large pub with a luxurious, but cosy atmosphere, and is an excellent place to sample real ales. There is a long narrow bar with plenty of comfortable leather seating and ornate lighting fixtures. The walls have wooden panelling with pictures of old Newcastle. There are stained glass windows in the interior and to the front of the pub. At the far end of the bar is a small raised area with tables and chairs and a spectacular view over the river Tyne. At the rear of the pub there are stairs that lead to a small outside terrace area that has wooden tables and chairs. From this point there is an excellent view of the Tyne Bridge and the Quayside area. There are also good views of passing high speed trains.

The pub is a Grade II listed building. The atmosphere is equally impressive, and the staff offer a true Tyneside welcome to huge variety of customers who visit the pub for its history, its live entertainment, its outstanding reputation for serving a huge choice of cask ale, and its mouth-watering menus.

This article is part of an ongoing series. Please see my article on The Eagle and Child, Oxford, a legendary pub where J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis met to discuss The Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia:

See also my article on Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, reputed to be the oldest pub in England and one of only two I know of to be built in a cave:

Find information on John Lennon’s favourite pub at:

For another great Newcastle pub, see:

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Comments (5)

A great place to meet friends and such a beautiful description. Thank you Michael.

An excellent review Michael, must give it a go when we're up that way next.

Gorgeous. I want to move to Northern England and begin drinking excessively. Great piece, thanks for sharing.

wonderful! I have never been to Newcastle or hear of the fitzgerald pubs, only shipstones brewery pubs and there aren't many of those left. Thanks for the share!

Great article and beautiful pictures! Who wouldn't want to go there?