“ Address: Market Lane / Whickham / Newcastle Upon Tyne NE16 4TJ „
This is one of our local pubs and because it is very close by, we often find ourselves here for an evening meal or with friends for a drink.
The pub was originally a Rowell's Brewery (Gateshead) pub, but when that brewery was closed by The Newcastle Breweries it then became a Blue Star house. I don't know when it was built but it is an old building and was there, with a different name before the 1940s.
OUTSIDE THE PUB...
There is a large car park and the pub itself is a large solid looking brick building, with a play area outside, a garden, plenty of grassed areas with benches and tables outside, There is also a covered patio area also with benches and tables, so plenty of space outside for enjoying a drink or snack in the sun. I also like the fact that there is a lot of grassed open space on which children can play safely.
Inside the pub has all been redecorated and extended. The bar is in front of the door and serves a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. The scrubbed wooden tables and chairs are dotted around the pub, with some being in the raised area and others in the newly extended conservatory type extension. In the middle of the pub is a tree which has obviously lost its growing ability but makes an unusual decoration.
There are several cosy sofas close to the bar and a pool table and throughout the pub there are large pictures and mirrors. Since being decorated it does look quite airy and more modern whilst still retaining it's olde worlde style.
The menu features mainly traditional meals although there are curries and pasta dishes. There are also a number of special meal deals including free children's meals every Monday and Tuesday. These are all priced at £3.50 and include Turkey Dinosaurs, Fish Fingers, and Pizza. The portions are good sizes and we often find ourselves here with Little Miss and grandson for a meal through the week.
The last time we ate at the restaurant was on a Sunday and several of the party chose the Sunday lunches, which were good portions and came with a selection of vegetables. These Sunday lunches cost £5.50 for chicken pork or beef whilst lamb is £6.50. There are also children's Sunday lunches available which I think is a good idea as they often don't want a big meal.
For anyone choosing a sandwich, they come with an option of four different types of bread as well as a bucket of chips. At around £5 for a large sandwich, these are good value.
The portions of all of the meals are generous and each meal myself and friends have had have been nicely cooked and presented. When the menu states a bucket of chips, the chips do come in a metal bucket but with space on the plate to add them to the main meal. The sauces are also in a metal bucket on the table and include the usual tomato, tartare, brown sauce salad cream and mustard. Salt and pepper and serviettes are also available on the table.
The menu is availableonline at www.whickham.mobi/desktop/food/poachers-pocket-whickham/index.php, and because I have had many of the dishes, I don't want to comment on each and every one.
The pub operates usual opening times and food is available Monday to Saturday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm;Sunday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Address: Market Lane, Whickham Newcastle Upon Tyne. NE16 4TJ
Telephone: (0191) 488 7128
As I mentioned earlier we have been to the pub on many occasions and often take advantage of the offer every Monday and Tuesday when children eat free. It is really good value and a few weeks ago when 8 of us ate at the pub for under £80 which included drinks.
The place is clean and well maintained and the staff are friendly and helpful. Even when our orders get complex with us adding or taking away ingredients, they are happy to comply. Food has to be ordered at the bar and can be paid for at the time of ordering although staff are happy to open a tab
A good value local pub restaurant for us and one which we will continue to use.
Thanks for reading