The select South Shields and South Tyneside pubs in the new 2021 Good Beer Guide

Raise a glass to some of our finest hostelries after their inclusion in the latest edition of a famous beer drinkers’ bible.

Tuesday, 3rd November 2020, 7:00 am
A select band of South Tyneside pubs are included in Camra's newly-published 2021 Good Beer Guide.

Eight pubs from across South Shields and South Tyneside are among 4,500 entries in the 2021 Good Beer Guide published by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra). With bars nationwide facing closure as part of the latest coronavirus lockdown from Thursday, November 5, let’s hope it is not too long before we can toast their success inside their premises.

The guide notes: "A well-appointed conversion of the old Crusader, with an emphasis on wooden panelling, vintage photographs of the area and pub memorabilia. The pub serves four ales."
The guide says: "Traditional pub close to the River Tyne and Market Place. It is popular with local ale drinkers as a haven of good beer. There are 12 handpumps offering ales from the Marston’s range plus a real cider."

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Its 2021 entry reads: "A former coaching inn and blacksmith’s shop, this pub and restaurant traces its history back to the early 1700s or possibly to the Battle of Boldon in 1644."
Its entry reads: "This micropub, a former housing office opposite the town hall, shares the premises with a vinyl album store/coffee shop. It is run by an experienced couple who value the principle of the micropub, encouraging conversation with no TVs or gambling machines."
The guide says: "Distinctive mock-Tudor building with separate pleasant and comfortable lounge and bar areas and an upstairs function room."
The 2021 guide comments: "Large 1840s pub opposite Marine Park, near the seafront.This family-run free house serves eight changing real ales and four real ciders."
Its 2021 entry reads: "Close to The Customs House and the Shields Ferry, this multi award-winning pub is full of character and has one of the largest selections of cask ales in South Shields."
The guide says: "Named after local boat builder William Wouldhave, co- inventor of the self-righting lifeboat, this town-centre Wetherspoon has had a major refit, extending the drinking and dining space and creating a new garden."
The Good Beer Guide costs £15.99 and is available from bookshops or direct from Camra from The guide has endeavoured to provide up-to-date information at the time of going to press in October 2020.