Published on November 4th, 2013 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Northumberland Hussar under new management
The Northumberland Hussar in Heaton, Newcastle, has benefitted from a substantial investment in a refurbishment – along with a little local knowledge. Its new owners were brought up locally – they also run The Ivy House in Sunderland – so they are well aware of the community pub’s potential.
Two large bar counters separate two distinct drinking, dining and entertainment areas (what used to be called the ‘bar’ and the ‘lounge’), on top of which is an impressive line-up of silver fonts featuring Brooklyn Lager and Vedett surrounding a group of handpulls reserved mainly for local ales such as Mordue Northumbrian Blonde and Out There Brew Co Valentina.
The menu is strong on inventive pizzas (one with caramelised pears soaked in bourbon and blue cheese), with pot dishes also likely to prove popular. Everything is sourced locally and prepared in the highly-visible kitchen – even the bread and pizza dough. The intention is clear, as the menu states: “We’re not a craft beer bar, wine bar or gastropub. We’re a traditional community pub that tries to do the best it can.”