Spit and sawdust? Check!
Fantastic view? Check!
Real ale? Check
Good food? Check!
Beer gardens? Check and check!
Under threat from The Man because we obviously haven't got enough 1 bedroom boxes/flats near the river and there is this tiny bit of space right in front of the pub that if it has a 13 storey block of flats built on it will make money for Mr Wimpey!
With a bit of luck, the latest appeal from Wimpey will get tossed out, and the view will be safe.
Otherwise, go visit before it's too late!!
Great pub with a great view. Came here looking for the Newcastle brewery and found myself whisked away with local brews, foreign brews, ciders and more. Quite lovely I must say ;)
The Freetrade Inn is a hidden gem. It is probably one of the most basic pubs in Newcastle with no frills décor- most walls are covered with ads and flyers for music nights around town but the view from up here is unique. I've heard they are soon to build some new apartments opposite which is a huge shame so get there soon for a breathtaking experience- you can look right out onto the river Tyne and spot all the bridges, the Sage music hall, the Baltic, and lots more. In the summer, you can sit outside or in the winter they have stools indoors facing the big windows looking out onto the city.
They serve food, but it's very basic with nothing more than a few simple ham and cheese baguettes and crisps. The drinks are cheap though and it's a perfect getaway if you want to avoid the crowds in town on a Saturday afternoon.
Great little pub tucked away up on the hill nr Byker. Best beer garden and views bar none in town. Usually a decent selection of local ales and a relaxed atmosphere. I enjoy a pint outside here looking down at the bridges and then heading to Tyne bar which is only 2 mins away.
This out-of-the way boozer sits up fairly high overlooking the Tyne and the scrubby Eastern terminus of the Quayside redevelopment, and lies a stone's throw beyond the Tyne pub down by the Ouseburn barrage. It's not particularly on the way to anywhere and can feel quite isolated out there between all the vacant lots and the City Road.
That said, if you're there at sunset on a summer's evening the view is worth all the hassle. The glassy river recedes away into the city, framed by the diminishing spans of all the landmark bridges between Gateshead and the Toon. You'll remember it for a long time to come. As for the pub, trendy it's not; 'basic' is a good starter, 'no-frills' would be adding all the detail you need; there is beer on tap, and the welcome I got when I arrived was memorable, so thank you, quirky bar girl!
Here's hoping the Free Trade Inn doesn't go the way of the Egypt Cottage, and that there'll be many chances to revisit this little classic in years to come.
Great place in a great location. If you don't mind the decor falling off the walls, the stains and the vandalised toilets (which all add to the charm) then you can enjoy one of the best views in Newcastle, a great selection of real ales AND real ciders from a friendly barman/maid. One of my favourite bars.
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