Map of places


A  town off of the A1 from Scotland to England, Berwick-on-Tweed has many attractions and is a centre for visiting more. The Scottish Borders and the Northumberland Coast are easily reached.


Apologies to those outlying pubs in Berwick but I am just introducing the pubs that are in, or are a reasonable walking distance from the town centre. You may be crawling home but there is no need to walk your legs off.

Most of the pubs are on the main road through the town leading down to the quay.

I have split them into a couple of groups. Those in the lower town, those higher up the town just before or just after the wall and a couple from across the river and easily reached crossing the bridge.

Starting at the main town end of the old bridge move of the quay onto the street and find the Barrels Ale House, easily my favourite pub in Berwick. Continue down this narrow street and it open out into the main town road.  The Hen and Chickens (closed) is opposite and down to the right is the Queen's Head. Going to the left and walking up to the town centre Foxtons is on the left with the King's Arms and the Brown Bear across the street. Rather than walk up the hill to the town pass by the Town hall and walk along the street where the Kings Head is and further on and round to the left can eventually be found the Cobbled Yard.

The Barrels Ale House is easily the best in town. Full of character, comfortable and quaint. Always five real ales. Small bar with small room off of it, and basement downstairs. Pub has regular music.

Good Beer Guide regular including 2021

Good Pub Guide 2013


Have as many as you like - return.


real ales: Pentland, Spitfire, Directors, Beacon, Ouseburn porter

lager: Tennents

Kings Arms Hotel with large bar dining area at back.  Feels like a hotel. Not comfortable standing at bar.



half pint

Queens Head, really more of a restuarant and hotel,  but has a small attractive lounge at the front with  a real ale.


Have a pint.


Real ale:              local

Bitter:                  Theakstons, John Smiths                    


Cider:                  Strongbow

Kings Head - closed for refurbishment


re opened

The Cobbled Yard Hotel is the hardest to find and only  has a small, hotel, drinking area off of a dining area.  Serves food in the evening - handy to know as many pubs do not.


Have a pint


real ale: nil

bitter: John Smiths                                lager: Tennents

The Brown Bear is a drinking pub with large, long bar containing pool. Good atmosphere with entertainment (karaoke, disco) some evenings.


Couple of pints here


real ale: Black Sheep

bitter: John Smiths                                  cider: Woodpecker, Strongbow

lager: Carling, Stella                                  Guiness

Foxtons has a modern shiny wood and chrome look but carries it off really well. Is advertised as Restuarant and Wine bar thoughsells  real ale.. Though it probably thinks food is more important.  Has a tall bar counter. Open from 9am for coffee etc.


Have a pint

Hen and Chickens Hotel is not always open but is packed at weekend nights. Stand close to the karaoke to get space.



no real ale

Real Ale crawl

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You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on

    Dean Martin




Drink and Music


Tom Waits

Warm Beer Cold Women

Berwick-on-Tweed was one  of The Times' top 30 places to retire to in Britain 2013


Handily placed on the road down, Bridge Street, to the closed Hen & Chickens and The Queen's Head are two new bars. These are:

The Curfew (a micropub) - Northumberland Pub of the year 2016 and 2018. Good Beer Guide 2021


Atelier a cafe-bar.

Both sell real ale and allow dogs.


Sherlock's dog friendly pubs


The Barrells, The Brown Bear, The Brewer's Arms, The redLion, The Free Trade (limited space for a big dog), The Pilot Inn. Two new pubs - The Curfew and Atelier.

For dog friendly and evening meal try The Castle or The Queen's Head