Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Duke of Wellington Marches into Spotlight

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Duke of Wellington Marches into Spotlight

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IT'S always good news when a new ale pub appears on the scene, but this time it's an old favourite looking to get a renewed focus on serving a big range of quality beers.

It'll be good news to many drinkers that the Duke of Wellington, which might have fallen off a few people's radars of late, looks like it'll be re-emerging as a strong player in Newcastle's beer scene after a change of tenant.

The pub on Newcastle's High Bridge will be aiming to eventually get more than seven handpulls on to the bar with a huge range for the establishment to choose from despite being under tie.

Darren Goodwin, landlord of the Tanners Arms and the Northumberland Arms, took over last Wednesday and has already created excitement with his intention to refocus on the things the Duke has always done well.

"We want to get its heritage back," he says. "To take it back to when it was good, when it was just a tap house. We'll do a bit of decorating and showcase the beers a bit."

The two main changes will be moving things round on the bar so that it's the beers that punters see as they walk through the door rather than the till and also installing some heating - a change which might require a couple of days closure at some point.

"There's a bit of a buzz going round that we're going in," says Darren. "We've only been there a few days so we're just listening to what people want.

"We've always loved the pub and tried getting it a few years ago. It's come up again and so we've gone straight for it.

"I like the fact it's just an ale house. It's traditional and quirky with a really nice feel to it - a proper boozer. There's not many of them left.

"Each pub is different, every one has its own personality. The Tanners has been built on the music trade, with live music DJs."

The Duke of Wellington is owned by Spirit Pub Company, like the Northumberland Arms, but Darren says it shouldn't limit what beers he can get in too much. …

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