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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
Kings Arms Hotel with large bar dining area at back. Feels like a hotel. Not comfortable standing at bar.
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
Kings Head - closed for refurbishment
re opened http://www.kingsheadberwick.co.uk/
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
You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on
Drink and Music
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