Covid-19

Lockdown III

We’ll, we’ve quickly moved through Tiers 2, 3, 4 and now we’re into a third national lockdown. Sadly, there are further restrictions on pubs.

While in lockdown, we can only sell alcohol for delivery.

But we’ll deliver draught beer and real ale in world famous Schooner two pint milk bottles. We’ve also some great takeaway drinks deals – why not support the local economy and order from an independent local business like the Schooner rather than buy from a supermarket?

We also deliver great value food at sensible prices; always with free delivery.

Takeaways

At the Schooner, we’ve always offered bread pub food to take away. But, before the first national COVID lockdown, we’d really only done this on request.

However, when we closed on 20 March, we moved to a full takeaway service, with both collection and delivery. We extended this to drinks too.

To be honest, takeaways kept the pub going through that first, long, lockdown. Faced with a new lockdown, we’re moving back into the takeaway business.

There’s a change in Regulations this time around, so we can only accept pre-orders. You can order food or drink by calling 01914777404, or you can click and collect. Collection is from outside the pub, since the new Regulations prevent entry to the building.

If you can’t collect, we deliver free.

Lockdown II

The new, second, national lockdown from 4 November, means that we need to cancel live music after Tonight.

We want to go into lockdown in style, though, so we’ve brought forward a couple of planned gigs. Last night, we had the amazing Jonny Boyle.

And this evening, the incredible Tony Bengtsson will end six nights of live music with a great original, acoustic set.

Help us keep live music at the Schooner

Breakfast Club will be live at the Schooner tonight at seven. The gig is ticket only and all tickets have been taken.

Space is very limited, with the stage area available only to ticket holders.

The pub and its customers cannot use the road area outside the pub due to a Gateshead Council prohibition order. We ask customers to respect this.

A lot of indoor tables have been booked. There will still be some space inside the pub, but when we’re full, we’ll be asking people to leave the area.

That doesn’t mean that everyone can’t enjoy the Breakfast Club. We still sell beer in containers to take away and we have a beautiful stretch of riverbank and a grassed area within a very short distance.

We don’t like to impose rules, but we do care about everyone’s safety. We also want to keep live music at the Schooner.

So we’ll keep things simple. If you don’t have a ticket for the band at the outdoor stage, or a seat indoors, we need you to use the Schooner’s lockdown unofficial beer garden. Not sure where that is? Just ask, or follow someone carrying a world famous Schooner milk bottle.

Help us keep live music at the Schooner by respecting our request.

Live music at the Schooner

We’ve received confirmation from Gateshead Council that live music can go ahead at the Schooner.

We’re operating at reduced capacity, but all advertised gigs will go ahead as planned.

Acoustic Friday gigs will be unticketed and on a first come basis. We can use only the stage seating area and, as usual, social distancing rules will apply.

All Saturday and Sunday gigs will be ticketed and there can be no entry without a ticket.

Obviously, we’ve seating inside the pub, but there’s no standing room for health reasons.

The highway outside the pub and land opposite the pub cannot be used by the pub or its customers. We’re seeking the appropriate permission, but there’s no certainty of this being granted. We ask customers to respect this Council decision.

Live music at the Schooner

We’re overwhelmed by the amount of support we’ve received from people far and wide.

Live music is as important to us as it is to you. We’re committed to having live gigs at least three days a week, subject to approval from Gateshead Council. We expect that decision today.

Our stage area has a capacity of around 66 with social distancing, possibly a little more, but we’re being cautious.

Gateshead Council have prevented us from using the outdoor space opposite the pub, traditionally used for seating and standing during gigs. The area is not considered to be ‘designated highway’, so we’re not able to take advantage of using that space any longer. We simply don’t have the pavement space that some bars and cafes are able to use.

So we ask that people don’t try to use the public highway by the pub. Acoustic Fridays aren’t ticketed, so are on a first come basis. All other gigs are, regrettably, ticket only.

During lockdown, many people used to buy takeaway food and beer to take to the banks of the Tyne. As we’ve recently been told by a (small) number of people, our gigs can be heard many miles away, so if you’d like to enjoy the music from the Schooner’s unofficial beer garden, we have some great beer in world famous Schooner milk bottles.

Why not try our great new beer, Noise Travels; it’s brewed specially for milk bottles.

Thanks again to everyone.

We’re back!

Well, our reopening weekend went really well. It was great to see both our valued regulars who’d stuck with our takeaway service and new customers who’ve discovered us during lockdown.

Without you, we wouldn’t still be here.

We’ll continue with takeaways, both food and drinks. Our new menu is available to eat in or take away.

The world famous Schooner two pint milk bottles are here to stay.

We need to do stuff

From 4th July we need to have some new processes to help protect our customers and staff.

At busy times, there’ll be a need to queue to enter the pub. Our bar staff are quite loud, so you’ll not miss your prompt to enter.

You’ll be able to order drinks and food from the bar, but drinking at the bar isn’t a thing right now. Cards or cash are accepted at the bar.

If you have a table, inside or out, you can put your feet up and we’ll serve you at your table. You’ll need to pay by card though.

Our toilets aren’t exactly spacious, so only two people can be in either the Ladies or Gents at any time. That means there’ll probably be a queue. Peeing in the bushes isn’t nice, so we’d advise planning your trip to the bogs in advance.

Don’t stand so close to me (did you know that Sting used to drink in the Schooner?). Please remember to maintain social distancing at all times while you’re with us.

Oh, we’ll need to ask you to give us your name, address and a contact number. We have a book for that. If you don’t want to touch it, we can give you a bit of paper.

Right, now that’s all said, we love you very much and we’re so happy to see you!