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On Saturday 4 July, pubs and restaurants began to reopen across Newcastle and Gateshead. Big hitters like By The River Brew Co and Town Wall were some of the first to announce they would be reopening their doors to the thirsty people of NewcastleGateshead. The return of pubs, beer gardens and terraces heralded a welcome return to some semblance of normality for many people who are looking for ways to enjoy the summer and socialise after a very long period of lockdown.

It is important to note that a number of new measures will be in place at these pubs and bars in NewcastleGateshead that feel they can comfortably reopen. Measures include spaced out tables, essential pre-booking at some venues and new apps to enable visitors to order from their table and avoid crowding at bars.

Whilst some pubs and bars reopened on 4 July – many others across Newcastle, Gateshead and in particular, the Ouseburn hotspots, have made considered decisions to wait a little longer. The decision by some pubs is in order to make completely sure they are fully comfortable in the ways they can adapt their (often small and historic) buildings and can ensure staff and punters a safe and enjoyable experience. 

Please be prepared to queue, pre-book tables and to maintain social distancing within the pubs and bars. It is still really important to ensure you stay safe and to maintain social distancing with staff and people outside your household. Please stay alert, wash your hands regularly and if the pub you’re visiting is too busy – please come back another time.

Local brewers and pubs have kept fans of craft beer in good supply with delivery and takeaway beers during recent weeks and pubs such as local favourite The Free Trade, will continue to provide a click and collect service until they are ready to reopen.

Which pubs are reopening in NewcastleGateshead and when?

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By The River Brew Co. Gateshead Quayside

  • Now open
  • No pre-booking, walk up only
  • Table service only
  • The Hawker Market is remains closed but Fat Hippo will be selling takeaway food on the terrace.

With chilled vibes, excellent locally brewed craft beer and unrivalled views along the River Tyne – By The River Brew Co quickly became a must-visit destination on Gateshead Quayside when it opened 2 years ago. Be aware that By The River Brew Co is likely to be on a lot of people’s must-visit list and will be busy. The Tap Room bar area inside has been absorbed into Trakol restaurant to accommodate seated diners. It is essential to pre-book a table if you wish to sit inside and use the restaurant.

Punters arriving for a beer at By The River Brew Co will be greeted and escorted to a table on the riverside beer terrace.

    Town Wall, Newcastle

    • Now open
    • Walk up, no pre-booking
    • Table service only
    • Serves food and drink

      The Redhouse, Newcastle Quayside

      • Now open
      • Pre-book a table by e-mailing: and a member of the team will be in touch to confirm your booking.

      The Akenside, Newcastle Quayside 

      • Now open
      • Bookings are advisable

      Wylam Brewery at Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park

      • Now open
      • Tap room and beer garden will reopen for socially distanced table service.
      • Serves food (including Sunday Lunch which must be pre-booked) and drink

      South Causey Inn, Gateshead

      • Now open
      • Book in advance for a special welcome back event - Pie and Pint! - on Sunday 5 July.

      The Bridge Tavern, Newcastle Quayside

      • Now open
      • Pre-book a table
      • Some walk ups will be admitted but subject to availability.

      City Tavern, Newcastle city centre

      • Now open
      • Pre-book online for food and drink
      • City Tavern have introduced a new ‘isolation lounge’ for groups of 6 people to enjoy a standing only drinks experience!

      Old George Inn, Newcastle

      • Now open
      • First come, first served walk-ups.
      • Download the 'My Pub' app to order your food and drink.
      • Tables may be limited to 2-hours only and it will be a strictly seated situation! (no standing with your pints!) operation.

      Brewdog, Newcastle

      • Now open
      • Pre-booking available but walk-ups will be accommodated subject to availability
      • Staff will monitor numbers and it will be at table service only.
      • Pizza and drinks.

      Tyne Bar, Ouseburn

      • Reopened on Monday 6 July

      With a new glitter ball in place and a lockdown revamp to the interior, The Tyne Bar have been busy during lockdown. The go-to Ouseburn pub, however, will not reopen on the first Saturday but will wait until Monday 6 July to reopen their doors. More details are set to be announced about how this will work.

      The Free Trade, Ouseburn

      • Not opening on 4 July - the small pub is understandably taking their time to make sensible plans for reopening and have promised that more details will follow soon.

      The Free Trade have been offering a Click and collect service during lockdown which will continue for the time being. 

      The Cluny, Ouseburn

      • Reopened on Monday 6 July
      • Inside it will be an at table service only while takeaway drinks can be enjoyed outside.
      • There are no plans for the return of live music events just yet.

      The Cumberland Arms, Ouseburn

      • Will not reopen on Saturday 4 July.
      • The Ouseburn pub will look to reopen later in the month.

      Dog & Parrot, Newcastle

      • Will not reopen on Saturday 4 July and will aim to reopen later in July.

      Earl of Pitt Street, Newcastle

      • Will not be reopening in July and have chosen to wait until the situation has ‘calmed down’.

      Central Bar, Gateshead

      • Will not reopen on Saturday 4 July and more details will follow.

      Which bars are reopening in NewcastleGateshead?

      Masterclass HERO Banyan

      Banyan Newcastle, Newcastle city centre  

      • Now open
      • Pre-booking essential for the first two weekends.
      • Table service only  
      • Food and drink.

      97 & Social, Jesmond

      • Now open
      • Inside tables only - must be pre-booked.
      • Maximum table booking is 6 people.
      • Just drinks - 97 & Social will not be serving food just yet.

      Aveika, Newcastle Quayside 

      • Now open for bar and restaurant bookings 
      • Advanced booking essential for reserved tables in the bar area (minimum spend and group size apply)
      • Contact Aveika directly (0191 233 372 or online bookings)

      Pleased To Meet You, Newcastle

      • Now open
      • Pre-book via email: or telephone 0191 3405137
      • All bookings will be provisional and confirmed on a first come first served basis for both food and drinks.

      Pitcher and Piano, Newcastle Quayside

      • Now open
      • Pre-booking strongly advised for indoor seating
      • Food and drink

      Where there is ample outdoor seating, summer weather along Newcastle Quayside is obviously very unpredictable and Pitcher and Piano can’t promise providing indoor seating if the weather turns!

      The Continental, Newcastle

      • Now open
      • Pre-booking advised – it’s a narrow and intimate bar so best to plan ahead. Book via email or contact the bar via their Facebook.
      • Just drinks

      WC Newcastle

      • Now open
      • Pre-booking is essential at the city centre wine bar.

      The Holy Hobo, Jesmond

      • Now open with a new outdoor beach-themed beer garden in Jesmond.
      • Advanced table booking is advised

      Market Shaker, Newcastle city centre

      • Now open with a brand new outdoor, pop-up cocktail bar! 

      Stack Newcastle

      • Reopened on Monday 6 July
      • Pre-book your table
      • There will be no live entertainment or events for the time being but you can bring the vibe!
      • Street food and drinks

      The Botanist, Newcastle

      • Reopens on Friday 10 July
      • Pre-booking restaurant reservations up to 6 people.
      • No drop in for bar area
      • Food and drinks

      Lola Jeans, Newcastle

      • Will not be reopening on Saturday 4 July – information still to follow.
      • Order collection or delivery food, cocktails and beers from Lola Jeans in Newcastle and Tynemouth using their online booking form, seven days a week.

      Leila Lily’s, Newcastle

      • Will not be reopening on Saturday 4 July – details on their reopening date to follow.

      Colonel Porters, Newcastle

      • Remains closed – check back for more information.

      The Muddler, Newcastle

      • Will not be reopening on Saturday 4 July – reopening details still be announced

      It's worth noting that The Muddler in Newcastle city centre have announced they are not currently taking any bookings and will share their reopening plans as soon as they are confident that they can do so safely. It’s a fantastic bar and restaurant on elegant Grey Street which will be well-worth the wait!

      97&Social, Jesmond

      • Awaiting an announcement about when they will reopen soon.

      Alvinos Bar, Newcastle 

      • Will not be reopening on 4 July to allow them time to plan how they can safely reopen.

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