Inside it's a shrine to Newcastle United history with photographs, signed shirts, cartoons and all manner of other memorabilia occupying every last inch of space. The majority of items are from the last thirty years or so but there are also a few items relating to the glory days of the 1950s when Newcastle won the FA Cup several times during the heyday of it's No. 9 shirt-wearing hero, Jackie Milburn. The No. 9 shirt is the coveted shirt at this team, curently occupied by local lad, Alan Shearer.
It's not abig pub but this isn't a problem in the Stawberry. On matchdays no-one wants to sit anyway; before the match everyone is too full of nervous excitement to sit still and after the match the fans are either having a good sing-song to celebrate or are standing forlornly deciding whether to just go home and be miserable there instead!
On non-match days the pub doesn't get too busy so you can usually grab a seat. The seating in the Strawberry is "functional". While the pub is clean and well-maintained, the seats don't afford a high level of comfort.
Drinks on offer are pretty standard with a small range of local beers, the usual big name lagers, a range of standard spirits and a couple of house wines.
Food is served and consists of the usual town pub fare -- sandwiches and a couple of mains -- sausage and mash, fish and chips, jacket potatoes, etc. Not very inspiring but adequate if you really need to eat.
Towards the back on a small lower floor there is a pool table.
The Strawberry is not a remarkable pub, but if you are interested in football, particularly Newcastle United, give it a try.
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
July 25, 2003
From journal The Fog on the Tyne