Published on June 6, 2017 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Greetings from the coast
A £370,000 investment by owners Stonegate Pub Company has resulted in the transformation of a Tynemouth pub into a vibrant, stylish venue.
There’s no doubt The Salutation is a food-led establishment with burgers and pizzas high on the menu, plus an extensive cocktails list and the pub, on Front Street, caters for sports fans with a selection of live events from around the globe (when Cheers visited, Australian Rules Football was showing with Geelong Cats leading Port Adelaide 74-64).Competition among pubs is fierce along the North East coast and Tynemouth has an excellent choice with the likes of Barça Art Cafe, Head of Steam, and the soon-to-be refurbished Hugo’s, each with its own characteristics. The Salutation has set out its beer stall on a craft keg range which includes Wylam Jakehead IPA, Hadrian Border Grainger Ale, Tyne Bank Northern Porter and Sonnet 43 Impressionment. The cask handpulls impress equally with Anarchy Blonde Star, Draught Bass and Sonnet 43 Abolition the pick of the line-up, while Dark Horse from Born In The Borders Brewery (Jedburgh) looks intriguing. Rather pleasingly, a large mix of age groups is attracted by the choice.
The large front area is cleverly sectioned into separate, airy, open-plan sections for dining and drinking, with a room to the rear serving more of a traditional restaurant role. The L-shaped bar counter, faced in sections of distressed timber, is a fair old size – and it probably needs to be in this busy village.
This recycled wood styling is repeated throughout with a touch of what appears to be old-fashioned lino and ultra-fashionable white tiles – a look that however can’t escape a corporate, off-the-shelf feel.
But with a pub like The Salutation, Tynemouth appears the place to be this summer.