Manors is one of those stations that makes me wonder how anyone would need it unless you go to Northumbria Uni and if so close to the centre of town if you needed anything near there you could just get off and walk from Monument.
One thing that is near to it (so near in fact it’s almost directly outside the front doors and over to the right) is the rather quaint New Bridge pub. I kid of course about the station’s location because it is actually ideally situated if you wanted to do a mini pub crawl of Ouseburn or visit the Biscuit Factory.
We visited at around 3pm on a Saturday afternoon where it was relatively quiet. It’s another SJF pub however isn’t quite as polished as the likes of the Pavilion or the Twin Farms, it’s much more traditional, and that’s no bad thing . It’s not in the most salubrious of areas, we were still greeted with a warm welcome and didn’t feel out of place despite it appearing to be full of regulars.
You’ll enter through the main door and to the left before you reach the bar there are cute little wooden booths to sit in quietly then past the bar it opens out where it’s a little more lively but still with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere (the barmaid in particular was really good fun).
They have big plasma screens showing the Newcastle match if it’s on, which normally means a pub would lose points for me but in Newcastle upon Tyne where football seems to run trough the veins of most, sometimes if you can’t beat them you have to join them. Plus depending on how the match is playing out, it can create quite a good atmosphere if everyone is in high spirits. I don’t have so much of a problem pubs playing a local match to be honest but when people are shouting at sky sports news all afternoon the appeal is lost very quickly.
Anyway, I digress. There’s a good range of real ales, (6 pumps when we visited – always a winner with Mr N). I had a rather mediocre glass of house white wine, which was at least nice and cold (another point deductor for me will be pubs who don’t chill their wine enough!) but then, most house wines aren’t necessarily the best on offer and prices are reasonable for SJF pub (about £6.50 for two drinks)
We weren’t eating on our visit but it’s worth noting that they do offer food and according to trip advisor they’re Yorkshire puddings with the Sunday lunches are pretty spectacular!
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When I catch the train to Newcastle from Cramlington, it always stops at Manors but no one ever gets off! LOL
Unfortunately, The New Bridge is now closed. A notice on the window says that it is closed for refurbishment but, as far as I know, it isn’t likely to re-open. A shame because it was a good pub and with a Northumbria University campus just across the road you would have thought that there would be no shortage of customers!