Published on July 7th, 2014 | by Alastair Gilmour


Haltwhistle Comrades Club

The darts teams here seem pretty slick with their bullseyes

Its full title is Haltwhistle & District Comrades of Great War Social Club & Institute which surely must make it the longest name of any licensed premises in the land. But “The Comrades” is easier on the tongue and it hasn’t stopped it being voted by the Campaign For Real Ale (Camra) Tyneside & Northumberland branch as its Club of the Year on several occasions.

It’s a pretty lively place and even on a weekday lunchtime it’s animated by conversation of every subject batted in all directions. The club is a must on a visit to Haltwhistle, where there are a few fine pubs, such as The Black Bull and The Manor House Inn.

The feel of The Comrades is of a real community base. It’s huge, too – a large bar and lounge with rooms off. A lengthy trophy cabinet groaning with silverware testifies that the darts teams here are pretty slick with their bullseyes, while the walls are peppered with framed photos of local teams in pre-season line-ups or in moments of triumph.

Like most clubs, the décor seems to have been simply allowed to happen rather than considered – the carpet is blue, the doors are blue, the banisters are blue and the radiators are blue – but that’s part of the charm, and long may it remain so.

On a more solemn note, The Comrades commemorates the First World War which broke out on July 28 1914, 100 years ago.

The Beer

A distinct Jarrow Brewery bias on the Cheers visit – Rivet Catcher (4.0% abv) and Westoe IPA (4.6% abv) – but nobody can complain at that.
The third handpull featured Yates Golden Ale (3.9% abv), a wonderful beer from Cumbria, so these folks know their stuff all right.


The Comrades Club sits at the east end of Main Street, on a corner site. Neighbours are the Conservative Club and Haltwhistle Working Men’s Club – making three of a kind. Trains stop regularly at Haltwhistle on the
Sunderland-Carlisle line and the Arriva 685 bus service is hourly (at the door).

Haltwhistle Comrades Club, Main Street, Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 0DF
Tel: 01434 320666

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