Yesterday I took the Metro train from Newcastle to North Shields for a stop of sorts on my ancestral home pub crawl. Except I wasn’t visiting a town where my ancestors lived; I was visiting real living relatives, my paternal grandfather’s cousins! I also didn’t stop in a pub, but I did drink some brandy, so I’ll give myself a pass.
After getting off the train in North Shields, I headed to the home of Mr. Harry Mercer. At 95 years old, Harry is still the king of volunteering in North Shields. Just check this article out!
Neither Harry nor my second stop Eleanor were expecting me, but both were quite happy to whisk me in for an interview of sorts. I suppose I should clarify that technically Harry and Eleanor are not blood relatives, but were married to my grandfather’s cousins.
Harry and I had tea and biscuits. With Eleanor I had a glass of brandy, and she had a glass of sherry. The brandy was quite nice for an afternoon drink. Meanwhile her cat Whisky patrolled the living room as we conversed with our drinks. When it was time for me to go, I was enthusiastically given bacon, eggs, and a tomato, with the instructions that I cook myself a nice dinner.
On my departure from Eleanor’s, I walked along Beach Road towards Tynemouth to investigate the literal Geordie shore. I guess you could say I was going down to the waterline…
After a ramble along the beach, I explored the main street of Tynemouth before catching the Metro back to Newcastle.
This evening I enjoyed a bottle of Toon Broon, A Newcastle Brown Ale by Firebrick Brewery of Blaydon-On-Tyne, whilst following along with the West Bromwich Albion-Newcastle United match. I like to think that my opening of the bottle precipitated Newcastle’s two goal comeback!
Appearance: dark caramel brown, lively head, 4.7%
Nose: rich and malty, dark liquor cake
Palate: sweet malt, burnt toffee
Finish: vanilla extract, nutty, dry
Overall: Probably what Newkie Brown should taste like..
Rating: 4/5 Excellent