Much of the attention this weekend in the North East may well be focused on the football match between Newcastle and Spurs, but there is a meeting of a different kind that is close to the hearts of pub-goers and beer drinkers - it's the Campaign for Real Ale, CAMRA, revitalisation meeting at the Stand Comedy Club from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday.
While the fortunes of Newcastle’s football team have faded, those of CAMRA in Tyneside and Northumberland have been quite the reverse and the branch has one of the largest number of members of any branch in the north.
Press Officer for the branch Martin Ellis says: “Newcastle city centre has become a hotbed for real ale in the last few years with many excellent of pubs in the city. Walk a mile or so downstream along the quayside to the Ouseburn and there are some real gems.
“As a branch, our membership is thriving and numbers continue to increase at a healthy rate. We also run our own beer and cider festival which was a couple of months ago.
“Our members are looking forward to the meeting and it’s really encouraging that with a few days to go nearly 50 have registered to attend.”
Some of CAMRA’s leading lights will be there, too, with Chief Executive Tim Page and Chairman Colin Valentine attending.
Newcastle has a wealth pubs waiting to be discovered, after the meeting Newcastle.
Turn left out the door then right and you’ll find Tyneside’s Pub of the Year – Fitzgeralds (on Grey Street). After that turn left, cross the road and carry straight on to the former Pub of the Year – Bacchus.
There are many more than can be recommended within a short walk from the venue which you can find on your What’s Pub app.