12th Annual Schooner Bike Ride

The 12th annual Schooner bike ride will take place on Sunday 8th August.

This year, the Ride With Robbo event, will celebrate the life of Robbo, a favourite team member, resident and customer of the Schooner. This isn’t just a bike ride, it’s a social event with Schooner regulars, friends and family of Robbo, and anyone else who’d like to join in.

This is very much a fun bike ride, so all sorts of bikes are welcome. Fancy dress is encouraged. It’s not a race, so don’t worry about keeping up with the peloton. As usual, Wylam’s the destination and there’ll be opportunities to stop for refreshment.

Meeting at the Schooner at 10:00, the ride will set off at 11:00, arriving back around 4:30.

There’ll be bacon/sausage sandwiches and tea/coffee on arrival, and chilli on return. For anyone who’d like to stay for live music, we’ll have a great acoustic set from Jack Mylchreast around 6:30.

If you’d like to take part, the bike ride’s great value at just £10, £5 of which will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

To register, just come alone to the Schooner, or call the pub on 01914777404.


Did you know that we cater for celebrations, conferences and events? We offer free use of our conservatory, with a choice of quality buffets at good prices. Here’re some typical examples, but just get in touch with your requirements and we’ll give you a quote.

Mother’s Day

Why not treat your mother to a lovely meal on Mother’s Day? We’ve a special menu and, as always, we offer great quality food at affordable prices.

We’d advise booking early to avoid disappointment because we expect 22nd March to be very busy.

To book, just call us on 0191 4777404. We do need to ask for a deposit on this occasion, just £5 each. Deposits can be paid when booking over the phone, or in person.

Take a look at the menu ….

Inside Out

The BBC made a rather excellent programme about the Schooner.

The episode of Inside Out, shown last night, aimed to show how tough things can be for an independent pub.

The episode can be found on the BBC iPlayer. It’s worth watching because it also covers the serious issue of male suicide.

Some pictures from the programme; regulars, the team and food.

Burns’ night

Gateshead has a strong connection with Scotland, you know. Some Schooner regulars may remember the famous battle between Malcolm of Scotland and William the conqueror, which occurred just around the corner to the pub. OK, so this actually happened just up the road on Sheriff Hill, but it’s a close enough link for us to celebrate Burns’ night this Saturday. After all, Malcolm of Scotland almost certainly called in the Schooner before the battle for a quick dram.

Anyway, we will have haggis.


We still have a handful of tickets left for the Schooner New Year’s Eve party. The running order looks something like this: 6:00 Gavin Webster, comedian 7:00 Stephen Cochran, acoustic set 8:00 Schooner disco 9:00 Hot buffet 11:50 Fireworks, followed by the Newcastle-Gateshead NYE fireworks display 00:15 Schooner disco until closing

Ending 2019

To bring 2019 to a close, we’ve the following line-up:

Saturday 28th – The Deputies unplugged – a quality acoustic set from members of the well known northeast band.

Sunday 29th – The Sponge Divers – for the best in Soul, Motown, R&B, funk, blues, rock and much, much more.

Tuesday 31st – We’ve Gavin Webster to start off our New Year’s Eve festivities. If you’ve not seen him before, he’s a brilliant comedian. Don’t miss this opportunity to see him in an intimate setting. We’ll then have Stephen Cochrane for an acoustic set before fireworks, food and music into 2020.

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 –