The Central - Gateshead

Pub, Bars and Pubs, Function Room Facility, Live Music Venue



Half Moon Ln, Gateshead, NE8 2AN

+44 191 478 2543




Based on 103 reviews.


Agregated reviews (103) The Central - Gateshead

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It's a characterful building where decent real ale is served.\\r
I had a shocker of an experience though. I'd clocked an obviously drunk and disturbed bloke at the bar as I ordered, and after getting up from my seat briefly to check out the rest of the pub found he had migrated to my table from his stool. He proceeded to spend the next 10 minutes leaning across me, covering me in spittle, sharing his wit and wisdom (there are too many blacks in London, apparently) and really not taking the hint that I wasn't up for a chat. (I might have been if I could have understood him a bit better, but he was too far gone.) Sadly, he fell asleep just as my food arrived, as my plan had been to offer it to him and beat a hasty retreat. The supersized Yorkshire pudding with sausage and gravy was the only cooked meal I ate yeterday and today I am really rather unwell. I could see the woman through the hatch preparing my food. She wore a vest and no head covering - draw your own conclusions about this place's commitment to food hygiene. As I left, my unwanted companion was taking up a table for four, sleeping in front of a nearly finished pint of lager, while many customers were left with standing room only. \\r
I won't be going back.

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Having enquired in advance I arrived alone for Sunday lunch in the lounge. Very pleasant decor and clearly some comfortable customers already there enjoying local ale. After a 10 minute waiting at the bar counter with no offer of service I enquired in the bar. Realising the lounge was mealy a seating area for customers uncomfortable with the bar environment I left disappointed with the lack of information from the licensee and little guidance from unfriendly local clientele. Non existent service, no menu available, no food, 3 staff and 12 customers I'm afraid I left disappointed and unlikely to return any time soon. (Visit date 09/12/2012)

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Great little pub in Gateshead. Massive range of beers, good pub grub and a cosy atmosphere.

The upstairs room is also an excellent resource for live music.
The ease of access and low cost hire is ideal for grassroot bands and risky shows - they also have a lot that can be considered quite niche : from Goth, to abstract, to extreme and underground metal styles

4 by Kev Morris Review source

The standard of ales in the Central Bar is atrocious and the manager will not accept any responsibility. Why isn't anyone complaining about the ales quality in The Central. I like the pub and the staff, but have to settle for lager rather than real ale, since it is normally a disgrace. I would be ashamed to serve it.

1 by David Nicholson Review source

Great pub in between Gateshead Town centre and the quayside. Really friendly staff, good food choices, lots of seating areas over three floors. I've been here during live music, to partake in folk music events and to meet friends. Always a good place.

5 by Nicole Ahmed Review source

Newly refurbished but tastefully so. A vast improvement on what was there before. Three bars, roof terrace, gig/function room, excellent choice of real ales (10 when I was in last night) and bottled beers from all over the world. Definitely recommended.

5 by Andy McEwan Review source

Popped in here prior to a concert at the Sage. The place was very busy with a mix crowd though it did have an underlining student feel to it, happy atmosphere and great service. It really did feel like an old school pub and really enjoyed our stay.

4 by Lee McIntosh Review source

Really interesting and quirky venue, staff were friendly enough, good drinks selection, but terrible food. Bland, precooked and microwaved. Not worth leaving the house for, you'll most likely do better yourself. Yes, even you.

2 by Conor Marron Review source

Great, cosy little pub. It's a little out-of-the-way if you're in Newcastle centre, but worth it for the huge range of craft beer and real ales. I've heard good things about the terrace too!

5 by Philip Belcher Review source

Great pub with a good selection of ales. There's a few different rooms so you can usually find somewhere to sit even when it's busy. There's a decent venue upstairs for live music as well.

5 by Nik Alevroyiannis Review source

Fantastic pub - great selection of beers and food (all.labelled for vegans) - in my opinion the best pub in Gateshead. Only a 10 minute walk across the bridge from central Newcastle. Also open late!!!

5 by Nicky Garland Review source

Great atmosphere, good food and a fantastic drinks selection including many real ales. A great alternative to eating and drinking in The Sage Gateshead which is just over the road.

5 by stevegoats Review source

Gateshead's own Flatiron Building. Great beer with an interesting seating plan. Great for groups, where it's easy to hear each other. Good ale selection too.

5 by Jason Worles Review source

Great for lunch, good chat from the bar staff, excellent music in the background.
Food is a bit pricey for what you get even if it is extremely tasty.

4 by John Sadler Review source

It's dirty, scruffy and very unfriendly. They need to employ a cleaner. If you speak to anyone they just ignore you and turn their backs on you.

1 by Mick Ratcliffe Review source

Great multi room proper pub with great range of ales. Interesting & charactfull building externally & internally locally known as the coffin.

5 by Robert Shanks Review source

Great place no airs or graces just good food and superb selection of drinks. Excellent venue for music and pre Sage meetings as just across the road

5 by Phil Toal Review source

Nice bar, very good food, great place to have a couple before wandering across the bridge (either one)& starting night out in town

4 by Ian Young Review source

This place could be amazing, the main bar is ok, rest of the rooms could do with some work, it has a look of abandonment about it

3 by Jacqui Robinson Review source

Cracking little pub hidden away near the Tyne. Excellent range of beer, good food and great staff. Proper little gem of a place.

5 by Keith Whalen Review source

Nice beer, nice food. Vegetarians and vegans catered for. Perfect for a pre gig stop if you're visiting the safe for a gig.

5 by Mammy Lu Review source

Nice atmosphere, decent selection of ales and ciders, convenient location... but alas, a mere shadow of its former self.

3 by Old Man Jed Review source

Good pub to meet friends and chat. It was busy enough on Friday night but we got a seat at the bar and had few drinks.

5 by Arzy S Review source

Great selection of ales and cider (but no ginger beer), friendly staff and custom, great decor and great rooftop view.

5 by Review source

Had good live music. Limited seating. Rooftop area a bit grim. But has really nice staff and good selection of drinks

3 by Mark Owens Review source

Excellent venue.....wide range if malts and very friendly staff......but more importantly the place is dog friendly

5 by Mac Mckee Review source

A favorite haunt, family friendly, dog friendly, excellent helpful staff, beer, food, live busker music

5 by Review source

One of my favourite pubs in the north east. Great beer, and the terrace is fantastic in the sun.

5 by Alexander Wilson Review source

Great atmosphere, good food, good service and great drinks. Everything you want in a pub.

5 by Richard Talbot-Jones Review source

Good pub. Bit expensive but the beer was good. Didn't try the food but it looked ok

4 by John Calvert Review source

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