City Tavern

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10 Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
www.citytavern.co.uk - 0191 232 1308

City Tavern Newcastle upon Tyne Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
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A pub for dog lovers Nov 11, 2017
When an aunt told us that the City Tavern had been refurbished and was reopened, Chris got all nostalgic, having drunk here many times in his (under-age!) youth. So of course we had to try it. We went for a beer one day when shopping in town, and went back a few days later for lunch. On both occasions we were impressed. There’s a cosy atmosphere, although the country house hunting / dogs theme seems a little out of place in the city centre perhaps (we realised on our second visit that the owner is definitely a dog lover as his own rather large but placid hound was there with him – one of several as I later learned).

Food is served both upstairs and down, but the upper floor has a little more of a restaurant feel perhaps – and the bar there doesn’t seem to serve the real ales that are available downstairs (though we didn’t check to see if these could be brought if requested – the service was very friendly, so I wouldn’t be surprised to find that possible). We stayed downstairs on both our visits. On the first, we enjoyed our beers and had fun watching the Laurel & Hardy film being shown on a nearby screen. This too seems to be a theme of the pub, as another of their films was being shown on our next visit. On that occasion we both had the chicken wrap – generously filled with good breast meat, mustard mayo, beef tomato and cheddar cheese, and served with chunky fries and home-made celeriac remoulade, which was very good. We’ve been back since and enjoyed fish cakes and burgers, while Chris’s aunt also recommends the “honey mustard glazed mini sausages”. The menu helpfully offers two sizes of many of the dishes, contains a good number of vegetarian options, and also offers dietary information and lots of gluten-free alternatives.

And back to the dogs ... The pub’s website makes it clear that these are welcomed (they have a menu of doggie treats and even non-alcoholic dog beer!) And it also says that one of the owner’s ‘resident bar hounds’ will be in the pub each day. Other dog owners are invited to post photos of their own dogs – and I would suggest that anyone who dislikes dogs stays away! But although we are more ‘cat people’ than ‘dog people’ we continue to visit regularly, as the tasty food, good beer selection, pleasant environment and city centre location make for an inviting combination.
Chicken wrap in the City Tavern
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