Noise travels

At the Schooner, we’ve taken care to adhere to social distancing, whether daily pub life, Sunday lunches, or live music events. We take pictures at every gig to show that distancing is being maintained. We aren’t posting these here because that could invade the privacy of anyone caught in the frame. However, we’re happy to blur faces and share images on request.

It’s probably common knowledge that complaints have been made by a small number of residents from across the Tyne in St Peter’s Basin. This isn’t new; previous landlords had the same problem. But we do take complaints seriously; after all, we’re in the business of making people happy, not miserable. We’re working with a specialist team to try to reduce the degree of noise that reaches our neighbours across the Tyne. That includes some pretty expensive work to our stage area. We’re an independant pub, without the large bank balance of a chain, so we think this shows that we genuinely want to help. We’re nice people, after all.

We’ve monitored sound levels recently. At The Kill‘s gig on Saturday, and 1977s on Sunday (respectively), we found that both were pretty loud by the stage area.

But, while the music could be heard at St Peter’s Basin, noise levels were as below on both nights. We have a video of Saturday’s sound level check if anyone would like to see it.

At the weekend, we saw someone taking pictures at a gig. They appeared to be taking pictures from angles which would give the imprression that social distancing was not being observed. They then used one of their images to support a complaint to Gateshead Council. Needless to say, the scene in that image isn’t reflected in our own pictures.

We have, of course, provided Gateshead Council with our pictures. Meanwhile, we have some additional conditions that we need to meet to continue with live music. We should stress that these aren’t related to complaints about noise levels.

We’re doing our best to get some changes in place to meet these conditions, but that might not be possible before our next planned gig on Friday. If we’re sucessful, we’ll have live outdoor gigs this weekend. If things take a little longer than we’d like, we’ll need to reschedule these bands.

We’ll also probably be moving towards ticketing. At minimal or nil cost, naturally. We’ll update here tomorrow.

Meanwhile, we have a new ale, coming soon on cask.

Another great week ahead

This week’s line-up:

Wednesday 29th Schooner quiz night. Not just a quiz, but a Schooner quiz. Whether you’re a serious quizzer, or just want to have fun, this is the quiz for you.

Friday 31st The fabulous Michael Rolf returns to the Schooner for an acoustic set. Expect coolness and surprises. Starts around 19:00.

Saturday 1st @ 19:00, Breakfast Club; the best in 80s music, with a huge range of material. We’d advise arriving early because this gig is going to be very popular. You really don’t want to miss this band.

Sunday 2nd The Understudies, by far the best cover band in the Northeast. The gig starts around 5:45.

Next week, we have The Whodlums, Rigid Digits and We Are Chamption – and more.

This week in the Schooner

This Week in the Schooner:

Tuesday 21st – Own Your Stage 18:00 – 20:00 Thirteen young musicians will use the outdoor stage to play to each other and any Schooner customers who’d like to watch. This is a great chance to catch some emerging talent. To maintain social distancing, the stage area will be reserved for artists and their families.

Wednesday 22nd – Schooner quiz night. Since the pub reopened, the quiz has returned in a big way. If you’d clike to take part, just come along. If you’ve a team, we’d advise booking a table.

Friday 24th – The ridiculously talented Russ Tippins will be live on the outdoor stage for an acoustic set. If you’ve seen Russ play, you’ll know how good he is. If you’re coming to see him for the first time, you’ll be blown away. Starts around 19:00.

Saturday 25th – The Kill, the premier Northeast rock band. Materiel from greats such as Van Halen, Foreigner, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Motley Crue, Skid Row, Warrant and more.

Live around 19:00.

Sunday 26th – 17:45

1977. Arguably the best all-round punk cover band in the North.

The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Damned, Buzzcocks, Slaughter & The Dogs, Generation X, The Jam, Chelsea, The Adverts, Joy Division, Stiff Little Fingers, The Boys, Sham 69, Dead Boys, 999 and more.

For all live music performances, social distancing must be observed.

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!


In common with many pubs, the Schooner will reopen on Saturday 4th July.

We’re taking bookings for tables and will probably operate table service during busy periods. We’ll do our best to accommodate everyone, even if you’ve not booked.

If you’d like to book a table, please email

Our seating will look something like this.

Gift vouchers

A few people have asked about Schooner gift vouchers, for special occasions. It’s not something we’ve done previously, but we can see that it’s a good idea.

So, we’re going to provide gift vouchers to people who’d like to treat someone. They can be ordered by phone or in person and payment can be made by card or cash.

We’ll email the voucher or can print one for collection.

The voucher can be used to buy food or drink, or both, at the Schooner. It can be used over the phone, giving the reference number printed on the voucher, or in person.