Published on March 4th, 2020 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Spirits shine in the city
A Newcastle pub has beaten off competition from 2,500 others around the UK to be named the Best Spirits Pub in national awards run by Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars.
City Tavern on Northumberland Road – operated by Newcastle born-and-bred David King – was judged against stringent criteria ranging from its spirits range and the way they were served to the friendliness and knowledge of its staff and came out on top in every discipline. The award is the third the pub has received for its drinks, having previously taken Star awards for Best Pint and Best Cask Ale.
The judges were bowled over by David King’s commitment to giving customers perfection and the pub’s employment of its own in-house mixologist, PJ Pearcy. They described the spirits choice and service as the best they had ever seen in a pub and “well worth a trip to Newcastle to experience”.
The pub’s spirits includes 80 gins, 40 rums and 40 whiskies with no and low alcohol alternatives and features local distillers such as Poetic License.
The judges commended the City Tavern team for hand-picking every spirit, visiting trade shows and distillers to find interesting new products for customers and even seeking out hard-to-find vintage and antique spirits – sold at £49.95 a shot – at auction which they said was worthy of a top cocktail bar.
David King took over City Tavern in 2014 investing in a £450,000 refurbishment to transform it from a rundown local into a stunning multi-levelled, dog-friendly pub with a roof terrace and function space.