I’ve said this week in, week out for the last 3 months that South of the river is uncharted territory for this Newcastle lass. We really should have done these pubs first but it’s always easier to visit your locals without much extra effort and hands held up I know very little about Pelaw other than it’s where the rice is from (ho ho!)
Pelaw station is the last southern station that can be accessed by both yellow and green lines before the tracks go their separate ways and was completely rebuilt in 2006 with a new ticket concourse and indoor waiting area serving those who may be using it as a transfer station.
If you’re coming from Sunderland exit the platform and cross over the tracks towards Croxdale Terrace. When you hit Croxdale turn left towards the Aldi Supermarket and you will soon see the aptly named Pelaw Inn on the right hand side of the road.
From the outside it reminded me a lot of the pubs on around the Benton area. Pubs that look like they’ve been there for an absolute lifetime where the jukebox may well stop as you swing the saloon doors open. I was pleasantly surprised as we ventured inside as the inside was warm, friendly and well decorated. The bar is directly in front of you as you walk in with a bar/pool table area on the right and a lounge area on the right. Oh and did I mention the dance floor? It has a dance floor. A DANCE FLOOR! Amazing.
It might have been the friendly barmaid, it might have been the wide selection of gin on offer, it might have been the fact they serve roast beef Monster Munch or it could have been that I was already 4 glasses of wine into a day long session but I really, REALLY liked the Pelaw Inn. And it’s not really something I can put my finger on but it gave me the same feeling I felt when I visited the Carriage in Jesmond for the first time.
Of course we were there on a quiet Thursday afternoon so I’ve no idea what it’s like at weekends there they have bands and karaoke (putting that dance floor to good use!) but it had a really good community pub feel but based on our experience there was just something about it that felt welcoming, somewhere I could spend a good session in as long as there was gin and monster munch a plenty!
Find out where else we’ve been on our metro pubbing adventure here