A beer garden with a difference
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Latest update 20.09.2013 15:52
Come along to (probably) the biggest beer garden in Gateshead – not, as you might imagine, in the centre of town, but at a National Trust property in the Derwent Valley.
Here at Gibside we've opened a local family pub with a difference – the difference being that the beer ‘garden’ is our historic walled garden and the funds raised from pulling pints will go towards its restoration.
‘Sun down at Gibside’ takes place every Friday night, all year round and Saturday evenings all summer. We have joined forces with the award-winning Wylam Brewery to whet the whistle of drinkers who like their beer to be accompanied by a stunning backdrop.
Real ale, wines and snacks will be on offer, alongside treats and ice creams for the kids. The bar will be open whatever the weather, with a comfortable beer garden for basking in the last of the evening’s sunshine (plus braziers to take away any chill) and cosy indoor seating to cope with the North East’s occasionally less reliable weather.
Drinkers are able to explore the Walled Garden with its flower borders, herb beds and vegetable patches tended by local schools and community groups.
Extra attractions this year include live music, with a busker’s night on the first Friday of each month. Led by some of Gibside’s own musically-talented staff and volunteers (including the landscape manager, wildlife warden and visitor welcome officer), this is a chance for budding local performers to serenade the audience with their hidden tuneful talents.
While parents enjoy a quiet drink, kids can run off some of their end of week energy at the Gibside Hall inspired climbing frame or by taking part in group sports like rounders. Local school, Rowlands Gill Primary, will also be organising its football team’s practice sessions to take place on the same evenings in the parkland at Gibside.
Gibside’s property manager, Mick Wilkes explains:
'This all started off when we noticed a local Facebook group lamenting the lack of a pub in Rowlands Gill. We felt this was a great opportunity to provide a facility for the local community whilst supporting our own plans to restore the walled garden to its historic best. Even better, Gibside’s family friendly atmosphere means the grown-ups can enjoy a drink and relax knowing the children will be safe.'
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