Originally built in the 1920s, The Brandling Arms is housed in what is thought to have been the stable houses for the Brandlings, a wealthy family of merchants and land owners from Newcastle.
FRESH from reviving cuppas at a neighbour's house after a bitter January walk, we hopped into the Eatsmobile to pay The Brandling Arms in Gosforth a visit.
From the outside the Brandling is an imposing stone clad building, wedged between shops and separated from the main road by its beer garden.
Originally built in the 1920s, The Brandling Arms is housed in what is thought to have once been the stable houses for the Brandlings, a wealthy family of merchants and land and coal owners from Newcastle.
From the outside the Brandling is an imposing stone clad and large building, wedged between shops and separated from the main road by its beer garden.
There are quite a few pubs in the area with the Brandling name.
Now the Brandlings have been elevated to a Sausage & Beer Festival, where there's also an impressive live music line-up with appearances by the likes of Tony Bengtsson and singer/songwriter Simma, who also writes and performs poetry in pubs about singing in pubs.
But no ordinary sausage will do - the Brandling Villa Sausage & Beer Festival is an opportunity to sample the best in local ales and some innovative sausage styles dreamt up by Steve Pearce, the award-winning butcher at Stewart & Co Fine Food in Jesmond, Newcastle.
"We'll also have Beef and Guinness sausage and another one made using the new chilli beer from Allendale Brewery," says Brandling Villa landlord Dave Carr.
One of the trees stood in the Brandlings
, in Felling, but was eventually felled and the wood was used to make furniture like this hallstand which won pride of place in Gateshead's Saltwell Park Museum.
The Brandlings of Newcastle were a wealthy family of merchants and land and coal owners.
Then the Newcastle bank of Surtees, Burdon and Brandling collapsed with considerable impact on local businesses.