Pub Reviews

Published on June 3rd, 2013 | by Alastair Gilmour


The Boathouse, Wylam

Many regulars come from miles away – an indication of the Boathouse’s conviviality

When talking about the Boathouse, there’s an immediate difficulty – where do you start? The building is divided into separate bar and lounge, which gives it the advantage of being almost two pubs in one. The bar is one of those typically English pub rooms with a forest of handpulls on the counter – real ale rules here – and a large fireplace at one end. It’s comfortable, sociable and dog friendly, which is a boon for thirsty walkers. Many of the regulars come from miles away, so that’s an indication in itself of the Boathouse’s conviviality.

The lounge now shows live football which shows it’s moving with the times, and the beer garden has been upgraded, meaning there’s something for everyone here.

The Beer

A flagship for Hadrian Border Brewery ales and home to a terrific range stretching over 15 handpulls. Cider is a speciality too. Regular beer festivals are hugely popular with local and national representation. Norman Weatherburn’s dream lives on.

The Food

A selection of sandwiches and toasties always available with “proper” Sunday lunches as inviting as ever. Everything is freshly prepared in and the pub is popular with families who seek value for money. Dog chews are available – so every visitor is catered for.

Where is it? Next door to Wylam Station on the Newcastle-Carlisle railway line, so it couldn’t be easier to get there. Trains are regular and pretty punctual, too. The pub sits between Crawcrook and Wylam on the B6315 if you really have to drive. Several popular and attractive rambling trails around here are also an attraction
for walkers and cyclists.

Landlord:  Lynsey and James Hogarty The Boathouse, Station Road, Wylam, Northumberland NE41 8HR
Tel: 01661 853431www.theboathousewylam.info

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