Whitley Bay

In 1882 the North Eastern Railway (NER) opened a coastal route from Tynemouth to Monkseaton which replaced the inland Blyth and Tyne route, and a new station (simply called 'Whitley'). The 'bay' was added in 1899 and was popular with people in the surrounding area for travelling into Newcastle. Back then of course Whitley Bay was quite … Continue reading Whitley Bay

Review: The Bathtub Sessions Gin Festival

'Could have been the whiskey, might have been the gin. Could have been three or four six-packs, I don't know, but look at the mess I'm in' - Irish Rovers I'm always a little dubious when the word festival' is added in front of anything and they seem to be popping up more and more; whiskey festivals, … Continue reading Review: The Bathtub Sessions Gin Festival

Billy Bootleggers, Newcastle

'Whiskey will always be a part of my life' Artie Lange I'm sure that people who consider themselves to be real pub connoisseurs would want to burn me at the stake when I openly admit how much of a lover of a Wetherspoons I am. Cheap food, cheap wine and real ale, what's not to … Continue reading Billy Bootleggers, Newcastle