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The Keelman Pub and Big Lamp Brewery

The Keelman Pub is named after the former river Tyne boatmen,  Immortalised in songs such as “The Keel Row” and “Cushy Butterfield”, the Keelmen transported coal up and down the river.  The pub, brewery, restaurant and accommodation are a mix of contemporary and traditional styling which provides an excellent atmosphere.

Enjoy the relaxing ambience of our bar with our range of fine ales, brewed in the traditional way in the Big Lamp Brewery next door.  Our bar and restaurant have a warm, friendly atmosphere which is emphasised by the large conservatory which overlooks the patio and trees towards the river.

Beers normally available include the renowned Prince Bishop Ale, award winning Big Lamp Bitter, Summerhill Stout and sometimes the formidable Blackout.

2 for 1 on Hot Meals During November!

2 Meals For the Price of 1

Our November special offer!  Buy any 2 meals from our selected menu and get the cheapest one free! The offer applies from Monday – Thursday, 12-9pm only.

If you can’t make it between Monday and Thursday then why not come for Fish Fridays:  Select from beer battered haddock, scampi or trio of fish cakes all served with homemade chips. plus a drink of your choice only £7.95.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in a warm, comfortable and relaxing environment at the The Keelman.  We serve food throughout the pub as well as  in our light and airy restaurant adjacent to the pub and bar.

“It’s a real ale haven” Pub Review – The Evening Chronicle

The beers of the Big Lamp Brewery deserve to be served in impecable surroundings, writes Dave Clark. And they couldn’t do much better than The Keelman, their brewery tap. Built in the same converted pumping station as the brewery itself, The Keelman has a tall, airy interior with huge arched windows looking out on a pretty corner of the Tyne Valley.  It is named after the boatmen who transported coal down the river from Northumberland mines to waiting ships in the Port of Tyne, and is an ideal starting point for a saunter along the Keelman’s Way bridle path

Inside, the bar is clearly designed for passing a peaceful half hour sampling the brewery’s excellent selection of real ales. The decor and music are relaxing and low key, the seating well spaced and the service friendly.