Mrs Claus

We have the Schooner Children’s Christmas party this Saturday, 14th December. We’d planned a great time for the kids, but stumbled across a pretty significant problem. We have no Santa Claus.

Apparently, he’s out on a works Christmas do with the elves and stuff.

But, we weren’t daunted by this setback. Mrs Claus will be here in his place. She’s actually nicer and doesn’t usually go on tour like her older spouse. So we’re really lucky to have her.

The fun starts at two, with food, games, a Punch and Judy show and a magician.

Followed, of course, by a visit from the lady herself, Mrs Claus.

We’re aiming to finish around four, but this is very much a rough time.

Our kitchen and bar will naturally be open for hungry or thirsty parents.

We’re fully booked, but could possibly fit in a couple of kids if anyone gets in touch by lunchtime Friday –

This week in the Schooner

We’ve lots happening in the Schooner this week:

Monday 9th – Pizza night; two pizzas for just £10

Tuesday 10th – Curry night; from 5pm, £8 including a drink

Wednesday 11th – Free Food Wednesday Spend a fiver, get a free taster meal, 5-8pm. Followed by our weekly quiz from 8:30. The winning team will be able to choose one of five envelopes, with the chance of winning Dinner for two with drinks, £50 cash, Sunday lunch for four, £5 cash, and the Schooner booby prize.

Thursday 12th – Michael Rolf’s Jam with the band, a truly talented band. Join in and earn a free drink.

Friday 13th – The Schooner Christmas Jumper Karaoke. Why not come along and take part?

Saturday 14th – Live act to be announced.

Sunday 15th – The Sour Mash Trio, live at five (well, closer to 5:30). You’ll probably know this band, but if you’re new to them, they’re one of the best country/rockabilly bands in the Northeast.


How about something a little different? Nutopians play here in the Schooner this Sunday, 7th December. They state their influences as 80s alternative, post-punk, and ambient rock/indie, but they also play their own material.
Well worth coming along to see them!

The Schooner Pie & Ale Festival

The Schooner Pie & Ale Festival starts this Thursday, 5th December. The festival runs to the 8th and we’ll have live music from Ed Tudor Pole, the Straits, Nutopians and Michael Rolf.

On cask, we’ll have:

Tiny Rebel – Pump up the Jam 5%

Brass Castle – Burnout 4.9%

Brew York – Hurley 4.9%

Great Heck – Black Jesus 6.5%

Moor – Nor’Hop

Atom – Shrodinger’s Cat 3.5%

Great Heck – Dave 3.8%

Thornbridge – Astryd 3.8%

Bristol Beer Factory – Beam Me Up 4.2%

Elusive – Level Up 5%

Tiny Rebel – Juicy 4.8%

Moor – Envy 4.2%

Flashouse – Mint Chocolate Porter 5%

Darwin – Jaffa Jolt 5%

Northeern Alchemy – Dry Hopped Farmhouse Pale 4.9%

Craft Cider:

Pure North – Sweet Union 5.5%

Celtic Marches – Slightly Foxed (Mango) 4%

Hallets – Blindfold 6%

Cans & bottles from:



Samuel Smiths


Box Social

Brew York


And, of course, a large range of pies; served with mash, peas and gravy:

Cheese, Onion & Haggis

Minty Lamb

Mince & Onion

Mince & Mushy Peas

Cheese & Onion V

Cheese & Garlic V

Spicy Chicken Popper

Sausage & Bean Melt

Chicken Korma

Chicken Madras

Chicken Balti

Chicken & Chorizo

Chicken Vindaloo

Christmas Pie

Butter Chicken & Cous Cous

Chip Shop Curry

Chicken, Bacon & Leek

Corned Beef

Corned Beef & Bean

Ham & Egg

Sweet & Sour Chicken

King Po Chicken

Satay Chicken





Luxury Shepherd Pie