I was there during the dark days, bands no longer booked, beer running out and it was deader than Dimebag.
What’s the darkest place you’ve ever been? A coal mine? The mind of a goth? None are as dark as The Dirty Onion
Heaton Tap is a nice pub, with friendly staff where you could happily sit with a book while enjoying a great pint.
According to ‘Old Pubs of Newcastle’, The Bridge Hotel was built in 1885 , which makes it younger than the carpet in the Rose and Crown.
I’m not that familiar with the area, but locals have told me that sadly, much like everywhere else, the place is losing its cherished old pubs