An air of mystery and allure surrounds the Crown Posada, making it a captivating destination for visitors. This remarkable venue holds the dual distinction of being one of the most famous pubs in Newcastle as well as being the city’s second oldest watering hole. Its rich history and Grade-II listed Victorian exterior promise an experience like no other, making it an essential stop for anyone exploring the heart of the Quayside.
Stepping through the elaborately panelled entrance feels like stepping back in time, as the original stained glass windows cast a kaleidoscope of colour upon the woodwork, softly illuminating the interior. It’s no wonder this place, owned by the long-established family-run business John Fitzgerald, has bagged numerous CAMRA awards and earned a spot as the Daily Telegraph & Abbot Ale Tyne and Wear perfect pub.
The Crown Posada’s legendary origins add to its charm, with whispers of a Spanish sea captain buying the pub for his mistress – a romantic backstory that inspired the addition of the Spanish word ‘posada,’ meaning inn or resting place. Evidence of its storied past can be found in the hidden murals discovered behind wallpaper, featuring flamenco dancers and civil war re-enactments, only revealing themselves during the pub’s redecoration every 15 years or so.
Inside this narrow, three-story pub, three distinct drinking areas unfold one after the other, drawing visitors into a warm, lively, and laughter-filled atmosphere. The snug, screened-off area at the front is perfect for intimate conversations or quiet contemplation, while the buzz of the evening washes over the larger central space where a diverse clientele mingles and mixes.
Cask ale enthusiasts will be in their element as they sip on expertly kept brews while listening to the house gramophone, a 1941 turntable record player inviting patrons to bring their vinyl LPs for a spin. The Crown Posada’s dedication to authenticity is evident in the careful refurbishments made over the years, with post-war fixed seating, ornate moulded ceilings, and original bar fittings enhanced by modern touches such as the mirrors and stained & leaded panels on the bar-back fitting.
Located a mere two minutes’ walk from Grey Street, this historic gem has earned its place as an ‘Asset of Community Value’, a testament to its significance in the local community. The Crown Posada’s narrow confines evoke an intimate atmosphere, inviting visitors to get lost in conversation and camaraderie.
Visitors to the Crown Posada often rave about the pub’s welcoming atmosphere and exceptional service, with many sharing their appreciation for the knowledgeable staff who expertly recommend suitable real ales to match individual tastes. This “proper pub,” as one review aptly describes it, effortlessly combines old-school charm with an impressive selection of well-kept beers, creating an experience that keeps patrons coming back for more.
In the beating heart of Newcastle, the Crown Posada stands tall as a testament to the city’s rich history and the enduring appeal of a traditional pub experience. Once you visit, it’s easy to see why this establishment is not only an asset to the city but a legend in its own right.
So, why not raise a glass to the Crown Posada and the many stories waiting to be told within its ancient walls?