Welcome to The Swan in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Originally a cottage with a blacksmiths shop next door, The Swan began life as an “ale house” in 1842, consisting of a sitting room, parlour and bar area (men only). Its owner, John Whitfield Thompson, sold it to Newcastle Breweries in 1897 where the site was demolished and then re-built as the present “Swan Inn”. It was opened up again on Christmas Eve 1899 by Mr George Reay (landlord) as a beer house.

Village rumour has it that Bertha, who was George Reay’s daughter and took over the pub after his death, is a ghost in the pub as her saying was always “I will never leave this pub”. And for many years, villagers referred to the ‘Bertha Reays pub’, rather than ‘The Swan’.

Nowadays, a country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character, our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.

Whether you are planning dinner with friends or Sunday lunch with family, book a table online and enjoy some quality time with those you love the most.

Make a day of it

Whilst visiting our lovely pub why not take in some history and visit ‘The Broad Wall’ – a famous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall in our village. This consolidated stretch of wall was believed to have been built in AD 122.

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Find and Contact Us

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 11am to 11pm Saturday 11am to 11pm Sundays 11am - 10.30pm


Call The Swan on: 01661 853161

Pop in for a pint of well-kept cask ale or a book a table for a hearty bite to eat.

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