Pub Reviews

Published on March 3rd, 2016 | by Alastair Gilmour


Pub Review: The Red Kite, Winlaton Mill

One of Tyneside’s best wildlife areas

Bright, fresh and sparkling following a £275,000 refurbishment last November. Large picture windows light every side of this big roadside pub on the A694 (Rowlands Gill). The leafy Derwent Valley is an inspirational backdrop from the rear dining areas while an impressive beer garden is simply begging for a sunny spell. The Red Kite (formerly The Golden Lion) is unashamedly food-led with three distinct dining areas, although an impressive six cask ale handpulls, keg beer and cider fonts march across the bar to cater for a couple of drinking and conversational areas. A banqueting-style room would suit large parties, while a smaller, more intimate section attracts couples and smaller groups.

The Red Kite soars on the fringe of some of Tyneside’s best walking and wildlife-spotting areas – The Derwent Walk Country Park – where frequent sightings of the birds the pub is named after, plus woodpeckers, foxes, roe deer and badgers attract visitors from all over the region.

The pub is under the same ownership as the award-winning Kings Arms in Sunderland; the Three Horseshoes, Leamside, Durham; the Royal George, Old Shotton, Durham, and The Courtyard at Washington Arts Centre, so quality in everything is assured.


Six cask beers on the bar; three from the Theakston stable and all “sessionable” include:
Theakston Double Cross IPA (4.2% abv). Rich Tea biscuit base with subtle dry lemon and grapefruit overtones.
Theakston Dirty Tackle (4.0% abv) celebrates Six Nations rugby.
Thwaites Wainwright (4.1% abv). Delicate fruit flavours and subtle sweetness.
Jennings Cumberland Ale (4.0% abv) is a pale, delicate and aromatic best-seller.
Deuchars IPA (3.8% abv), the pale, hoppy perennial favourite.


A comprehensive menu with old favourite mains, burgers, grills and a selection for young ones, all made using fresh, locally sourced ingredients from scratch wherever possible. Good old steak and ale pie with chips and mushy peas (£8.75) is as comforting as it gets, while Hunter’s Pork (£10.95) – grilled pork loin is topped with barbecue sauce, bacon and mature Cheddar. Roast chicken with bacon and cabbage fry (£10.50) looks a winner all the way. Steak nights, Sunday lunches and Evening Specials are popular.

Where is it?  The Red Kite, Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon NE21 6RU.
Tel: 0191 414 5840

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-10.30pm, Saturday and Sunday: 12noon-10.30pm

The pub sits on the A694 Axwell Park, Blaydon/Rowlands Gill road, easily reached from the A1.

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