On 23-6-2005 chrisb24 said :
"My local and regular, which means of course that I have a vested interest in this particular establishment. It has changed beyond recognition since it reopened in 2002, evolving from a typical geordie den of inequity (it was still my regular, though) into a real ale serving concert venue. The bar is small and is frequented by 30 or so regulars, while the back room is a pool room during the day, with a big screen for football and a jukebox as you would expect, but over the weekend it becomes a concert room, hosting live music of a punk-rock persuasion. Has become, then very popular, with weekends a sell out. Was voted Gateshead Pub of the Year in 2003. The staff are excellent throughout, and most of the clientelle create a very friendly atmosphere.
However, despite this stunning transformation, it has started to attract one or two of the unsavoury elements that had initially left the vacinity. There are also more than a couple of people getting in who appear not to be of legal age. The bar is uninhabitable for 4 days at the end of the week if, like me, you just don't like rock music. And the beer is quite expensive now, anything up to £2.50 per pint at weekends, which is an increase of almost a quid a pint in the last 2 years. Recommended, so long as the price doesn't go up again..."