As part of my bessy mate’s 50th celebrations, myself, Honest Paul, Plymouth Pete and of course the birthday boy himself - Zippy Turnbull, headed across to Carlisle for the starting point of a monumental pub crawl. Out task was to have a drink in 15 pubs in seven different locations on the Tyne Valley rail line, before getting back to Newcastle before 10pm.
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After partaking our breakfast in the Market Hall, we had an hour to tick off a Carlisle hat-trick. I picked out 3 pubs that I hadn’t been to before, which were close together.
1.The Last Zebra - Lakeland ‘Entente Cordiale’ (3.9%)***+
2.Thin White Duke - Loweswater Gold (4.3%)***+
3.The Fat Gadgie - Salopian ‘Pogol’ (5.5%)****
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The tranquil village of Wetheral has two pubs:
4.The Wheatsheaf - Keswick Waimea Pale (4.2%)****
5.The Crown Hotel - Great Corby 'American Pale Ale' (4%)***+
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|THE BLACK BULL|
This was the only disappointing leg of the journey, only having time for two pubs after spending too much time in the Chinese restaurant. We also lost Honest Paul when we ran back to the station.
11.Station Inn - Allendale ‘Golden Plover’ (4%)***+ (re-sup)
12.The Globe Inn - York ‘Otherside IPA’ (4.5%)***+
|THE STATION INN|
|THE GLOBE INN|
(arr 1936 dept. 2032)
As the town centre is a canny hike from the train station, we were just going to go to Dyvels, but to get back on target we hiked up to Corbridge in the howling wind and called at the Golden Lion.
13.Golden Lion - Theakstons ‘Golden Lion Ale’ (4.1%)***+
14.Dyvels - Allendale ‘Pennine Pale’ (4%)***+ (re-visited)
After reuniting with Paul on the train our seventh and last destination was a visit to one of my favourite pubs
15.The Boathouse - Yeovil ‘Star Gazer’ (4.1%)**** (re-visited)
Back in Newcastle on schedule and time for a couple of pints in the Head of Steam, before staggering to the bus stop at 11.30.