23 North East pub gardens which are easy to visit by bus

If there’s one spoiler to plans for a pub jaunt, now that outdoor drinking is back on our social calendar, it’s the travelling to get there.

With favourite watering holes now emerging from lockdown to reopen their outdoor spaces, terraces and gardens, most of us are willing to put up with the North East weather in order to enjoy a proper pint again in a proper pub.

However, leaving our cars at home so that we can make the most of our pub outings can mean an expensive taxi ride if we want to visit anywhere further away than the local at the end of the street.

But Go North East has come up with a handy guide to beer gardens across Newcastle and the wider region which are easily accessible by bus.

The bus company also offers a two-for-one evening ticket which means two people can travel all evening from 7pm until the last bus time for £3.50. This can be bought in advance on the app or on the bus using contactless payment.

The company offers other money-saving tickets and safe travel information as well as a journey planner.

Before jumping on board to visit your chosen pub, remember that some may require pre-booking while others invite walk-ins.

Northumberland

Adam & Eve, Prudhoe

This family-friendly pub has a new beer garden to help it cater for even more people.

  • Catch the Tyne Valley Ten 10B to Prudhoe Railway Station, just a minute walk away, or else Go Ahead’s Tynedale Links 686 and X-lines X84 services stop just across the bridge in Ovingham, which is a five minute walk from the pub.
  • See Adam & Eve’s website here.

North Tyneside

Salutation, Tynemouth

A bit of a hidden gem, this pub has installed tables, chairs and rain shelters alongside artificial grass and floral decorations to set the scene in readiness for returning customers.

  • Catch the Coaster 1A and 1B services to Tynemouth, from Newcastle, Wallsend, North Shields and Whitley Bay.
  • See more about the pub here.

Newcastle

The Jesmond Beach Box @ The Holy Hobo

Nestled just outside the city centre in the leafy suburbs of Jesmond, the outdoor area is transformed into a beach, which made its debut last year, and offers food from The Holy Hobo and rotating street food from local favourites such as Acropolis and Hatch 76.

  • Go Ahead’s very frequent Cobalt and Coast services 309, 310 and 311 stop right outside, with direct buses to North Shields, Whitley Bay and Blyth.
  • See the pub website here.
L-R Deeann Shotton and Lukas Common enjoy a drink in the new outdoor beach area at the Jesmond Beach Box
(Image: Andy Commins / Daily Mirror)

Wylam Brewery

Located at the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park, the brewery is home to a sizeable garden terrace, which will be serving up “super-fresh beers, a full drinks menu and banging burgers”, says the guide.

Take note that the brewery doesn’t reopen until April 22.

  • Exhibition Park is about a 10 minute walk from Newcastle’s Haymarket and Eldon Square bus stations, both served by frequent Go North East buses to many parts of the region.
  • Find out more about the brewery here.

Central Park

One to look out for later in the month, this newcomer – labelled the North East’s biggest beer garden – is set to open from April 29 in Newcastle’s Times Square, next to the Life Science Centre.

It will be serving up craft beers, cocktails, bubbly and street food as well as showing live sports, including the delayed Euro 2020 tournament, and there will be a special Eurovision event too. Tickets are required to attend Central Park.

  • Catch any of the Go Ahead buses that head into Newcastle city centre to get there. It’s right next to Central Station and a short walk from other bus stops in the city centre.
  • The Central Park’s website is here.

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Stack

The reopened city centre container village offers a range of drinks and bites to eat.

  • Catch any of Go Ahead buses that head into Newcastle city centre to get to Stack, which is right in the heart of the city centre near the Monument.
  • See Stack’s website here.

Bar 52

Whether it’s for post-work drinks or a weekend treat, this is a garden terrace to chill out and it offers a range of food offerings too.

Catch any Go Ahead buses that head into Newcastle city centre to get to Bar 52, which is right in the heart of the city centre at the bottom of Pilgrim Street.

See the pub’s website here.

The Cumberland Arms, Ouseburn Valley

This traditional pub in the heart of the Ouseburn Valley focuses on top tipples from North East breweries whilst still offering a wide range of beer from the best breweries across the British Isles. While there, why not try out some of the other top places in this area, such The Kiln or The Ship.

  • Catch the frequent Coaster 1 services to Byker Morrisons which is just a five minute walk from the Cumberland Arms.
  • Read more about the pub here.

Full Circle Brew Co

This brewery at Hoults Yard, which started out in 2019, serves up some of the best craft beer you can get your hands on, says Go Ahead.

It has created a new permanent outdoor space so that more people can sample its beers and it often serves food from the likes of Scream for Pizza.

Note that Full Circle is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with Thursdays possibly set to be added at a later date.

  • Get there on Go Ahead’s QuayCity Q3 service from Gosforth, Newcastle or Wallsend.
  • The brewery website is here.

Tyne Bank Brewery

This award-winning brewery is located near to Full Circle Brew Co, so visiting them both in one day could make for quite a celebration. It’s open from Thursday to Sunday.

It has outdoor space, with plenty ales on tap and it has even brewed a new summer drink in time for beer gardens opening. It’s Easy Breezy, a 2% Schofferhofer-inspired grapefruit pale.

  • Get there on the QuayCity Q3 service from Gosforth, Newcastle or Wallsend.
  • Find out more about the brewery here.

South Tyneside

The Dockyard, South Shields

Nestled between South Marine Park and the beach, this new outdoor venue will boast live entertainment, DJs at the weekend and a huge LED screen, ideal for watching the Euros in June.

Visitors can enjoy international street food around fire pits, while supping beers and cocktails which then could be walked off with a stroll on the promenade.

  • Catch any Go Ahead buses heading into South Shields, including the Crusader 27 from Newcastle, and the Prince Bishops 20 from Sunderland. It’s then a short 15 minute stroll along Ocean Road (with its array of award-winning curry houses) from South Shields town centre to the pub.
  • See the pub’s website here.

Gateshead

By The River Brew Co, Gateshead

The venue’s expansive outdoor terrace nestled just under the Tyne Bridge, with cracking views of the river and the Quayside, has now reopened – and the adjacent HWKRMRKT has now followed suit. It’ll be operating on a walk-up basis, so there’s no need to book.

  • Go Ahead’s frequent Quaylink Q1 and Q2 buses from Newcastle or Gateshead will drop you right outside.
  • See the pub’s website here.

The Ship, Eighton Banks

A popular local, this warm and welcoming pub boasts a decent amount of outdoor seating, a good selection of drinks and home-cooked pub grub.

  • Service 25 stops close by, running up every 30 minutes to Newcastle, Gateshead and Chester-le-Street.
  • See the pub’s Facebook page here.
The Ship at Eighton banks, Gateshead
(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

The Wheatsheaf, Birtley

A large number of tables are available in the pub garden, so there’s no need to book in advance.

  • The very frequent Angel 21 buses, linking Newcastle and Durham, stop very close to The Wheatsheaf.
  • See the pub’s website here.

The Runhead, Ryton

This pub has really gone all-out to welcome people back, having created the UK’s first ‘double tipi’ bar, along with an outdoor terrace and container bar. A visit could combine a stroll in the picturesque Ryton old village and a stop-off in The Half Moon Inn too, which has also revamped its large beer garden.

  • Frequent buses stop right outside on the Tyne Valley Ten services 10, 10A and 10B linking Newcastle to the Tyne Valley.
  • Find out more about the pub here.

Rose and Crown, Winlaton

This pub has tables and overhead coverings, in a lovely outdoor setting.

  • It’s only a short walk there from Winlaton Bus Station, served by frequent services including 12, 12A, 49, 49A and 69.
  • See the pub’s website here.

Sunderland

The Saltgrass, Sunderland

Three new covered outdoor areas, along with plans for events and one-off shows, definitely make this pub one to check out.

  • The Saltgrass is a pleasant 20 minute walk through Riverside Park from Sunderland city centre, served by Go North East buses from across the city and wider region.
  • See the pub’s Facebook page here.

River Bar, Washington

Food and drinks can be enjoyed out on the terrace at this Washington bar.

  • Go Ahead’s frequent Black Cats 2 and 2A, and Connections 4 services, all stop just a few minutes away from the River Bar.
  • Find out more about the pub here.

County Durham

The Boat Club, Durham

In its setting right by the river, the club has installed overhead covers to help shelter drinkers from the great British weather.

  • A wide range of frequent buses serve Durham city centre, and it’s then a lovely walk through the picturesque city centre to get to The Boat Club.
  • The club website is here.

Shepherd and Shepherdess, Beamish

This pub is ideally-placed for a stop-off after a visit to Beamish Museum and is only a five minute walk from Beamish village.

  • Services 28 and 28A link Beamish village to Newcastle, Gateshead and Chester-le-Street, up to every half an hour.
  • See the pub website here.
South Causey Inn in County Durham
South Causey Inn in County Durham

South Causey Inn, Stanley

Nestled in 100 acres of the beautiful Beamish Valley, this pub makes for an inviting day out in the countryside. Its outdoor gardens and Hotspot Fire Engine Bar attraction are set to reopen from April 15.

The 1960s Bedford TK Fire Engine has had a full refurbishment, converting it into a unique, private, state-of-the art bar.

  • Get there on Go Ahead’s frequent X-lines X30 and X31 services, which run between Newcastle and Stanley via Gateshead or Whickham.
  • Read more about the pub here.

The Blue Bell, Usworth

There’s a lovely outdoor area at this pub which has also installed overhead coverings to help keep customers dry.

  • The frequent Cityrider 56 stops very close by, with direct buses to Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland.
  • See the pub website here.

The Snooks, Great Lumley

The outdoor area at this pub has various sections and there are also some fire pit tables but customers will need to be quick to get a booking in for one of them.

  • The 71 and 78 services stop near The Snooks, with the routes serving local places such as Chester-le-Street, Pelton and Fence Houses.
  • Find out more about the pub on its Facebook page here.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland