This is the jewel in Newcastle's pub crown. The high ceilings, the stained glass, the leather booths and the original bar are all relics of a bygone age and the owners "Sir John Fitzgerald Pubs" should be proud of themselves for making sure this pub has been left the way it was meant to be!
In keeping with the glorious architecture, the pub is well known for serving a selection of around a dozen cask ales, some local, some guest ales. I would complain, though, that the choice of wines is not good and the last time I was there I was served something akin to vinegar.
Another downside is that the pub is long and narrow with limited seating so on busy nights its hard to get a seat and even more difficult to squeeze along the length of the pub to get to the toilets (these are always clean!).
Even if you aren't a fan of real ale you should get yourself along to "the Po" as it's known and take a look at what pubs are meant to look like!
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
November 7, 2006
From journal The Fog on the Tyne