Wansbeck Road is a primarily residential station found between the more built up areas of Gosforth and Kingston Park. This section of the metro line once formed the Ponteland Railway where Wansbeck Road could be found between Coxlodge and West Gosforth stations. If you exit the metro station south onto Wansbeck Road (towards Asda) then turn right onto Jubilee Road you’ll see local pub The Jubilee straight in front of you.
The Jubilee looks modern, inviting and friendly from the outside, which is understandable since it only just reopened at the end of April 2017 after it was completely ravished from the inside out by an arson attack. The bar was over 50% smoke damaged and as such had remained closed for the best part of 4 months.
Of course, having never visited it’s previous incarnation, we have nothing to base our review on however, no matter how pleased I am that The Jubilee has been able to rebuild itself (literally) from the ashes after such a horrible attack, the Jubilee, for me, was all just a little bit blah.
Being in such a residential area it relies heavily on business of locals and families of which there were lots when we arrived mid afternoon on a Saturday. To the right of the bar is a large lounge area which seemed to be mostly people having meals and to the left a more traditional bar area with two large pool tables.
We sat in the middle section opposite the bar which is flanked by large TV screens on either side of the room showing sky sports news, so seemingly no matter where you sit, you’re in someone’s eyeline for a TV. As if that wasn’t enough there were also TVs above the bar showing horse racing and gymnastics – perfect if you want to go and completely ignore your drinking partner.
Drinks wise there’s plenty to choose from, they do a small but concise cocktail list which is extremely well priced at £3.50 and have their own ale, which Dave tried and was pretty positive about. My wine ( a medium glass of Sauvignon Blanc – or ‘The Helen’ as it’s known locally) was ok, on the warm side if i were to be super picky. All in all it was all just ok. The beer was ok, the wine was ok, the ambiance was ok.
Still, any pub is better than no pub at all and there’s no doubt in my mind that if the Jubilee were our local pub we’re probably be there every Friday night (like we are the Twin Farms). However unless you’re going for a good old plate of pub grub with your brood, it’s not the greatest session pub sadly.
Find out where else we’ve been on our metro pub adventure here