This week-ish

While we’ve still important rules to follow to keep everyone safe, some things are happening in the Schooner this week.

Wednesday 26th @7 – the world famous Schooner quiz. Hosted by the fabulous Chris McGeary, this quiz has a reputation for fun. Chris doesn’t use a book or web page to pull together his questions; he does his own research. His spare room wallpaper is well known after his online lockdown quiz; we’ve been trying to buy some.

To book a table for the quiz, either for a team or just yourself, call 01914777404, email, or contact us via social media.

Thursday 26th @8 – the return of the Schooner Buskers’ night. Now hosted by the exceptional Mr Tom Atkinson. Come along if you’d like to take part, or just want to listen to some talented people.

Sunday 30th @6 – DJ Dean Paul Walton. It really is possible to enjoy some great music while seated and socially distanced. And, if you know Dean, you’ll know how good an end to a Bank Holiday Sunday this will be.

Bank Holiday Monday @5 – A chilled acoustic set from Acoustic Outlaw Ian Cockburn. Expect a huge range of great covers – Ian plays pretty much every song you’ll know.


The famous Schooner buskers’ night will return this Thursday at eight, hosted by the incredible Tom Atkinson.

Naturally, we’ll be observing social distancing, so we can accommodate around 50 people in the bar, with some space in the conservatory if we’re busy. We’re also thinking about how we can get this onto our outdoor speakers too.

So, if you’re lucky enough to have some talent, or would just like to listen to some good, live music, just come along.

17th May

In line the Government’s plans, we’ll extend our reopening to indoor service from Monday 17th May.

There are still some rules we need to follow: There’ll be no service at the bar, just at tables. Face coverings must be worn inside the pub, unless you’re seated. And social distancing must be observed, with no groups larger than six indoors.

We don’t like to make things complicated, so we’re still not taking table bookings. Well, unless: 1. You want to take part in our Wednesday night quiz. 2. You’re celebrating a special occasion.

We’ll run this until 21st June, when we’ll potentially be fully running as a pub again.

12th April Reopening

None of us like rules, but there are some that we need to follow when the Schooner reopens on 12th April.

But, to allow us to reopen, there are some rules we all need to follow.

We’ll update this information in line with official guidance.

Opening/closing times

We’ll open at 11am every day. On busy evenings, we’ll be open until 11pm, closing slightly earlier when we’re less busy.

Outdoor service

We can only serve outdoors, to customers who are seated. We must take orders at tables. Drinks can’t be ordered or collected from the bar. To keep things simple, we’ll take payment, either by card or cash, outside too.

Test & Trace check-in

We ask that everyone eating or drinking at the Schooner uses the NHS COVID-19 app. Every member of a group needs to check-in and it’ll really help us if you use the app. If you don’t have the app, we’ll need to ask you to give your name and your contact number. We can’t serve anyone who doesn’t check-in.

If you’re collecting a takeaway, you don’t need to check-in.

Social distancing and groups

Our tables and chairs are arranged in line with social distancing rules. Please don’t move them or form large groups.

Booking a table

We’re not taking table bookings for outdoor service, so tables will be taken on a first come basis. We have two beer gardens, with seating for around 80 people.

We don’t yet have approval to use any part of the pavement or road outside the pub. That means that customers shouldn’t stand on the road with drinks. However, we do hope to gain approval in the near future to have tables on part of the road.

Takeaway drinks

Takeaway drinks will be available. We have our world famous Schooner two-pint milk bottles, as well as new four-pint bottles. Takeaway customers can order and pay outside the pub.

Social distancing rules must be observed while queueing outside the pub.

Takeaway drinks must not be consumed in the pub or on the highway outside the pub.

Takeaway food

Schooner takeaway food will continue to be available when the Schooner reopens, seven days a week, but we’ll have a break 12-17 April.

Sunday lunch

Until we can open for indoor service, our Sunday lunch menu is available on a takeaway basis. If you’re using our outdoor seating, you can still order roast sandwiches.

12th April update

In line with the current guidance, we’ll reopen on 12th April with outdoor table service. Social distancing will be observed.

Our understanding of the guidance is that we can only take orders from and serve customers seated at a table.

We’ll have seating for over 80 people in our new beer gardens. Tables will be available on a first come basis, so we won’t be taking bookings.

At busy times, if there’re no free tables, drinks will be available to take away in world famous Schooner two and four pint milk bottles to enjoy by the Tyne.

We’re in discussion with Gateshead Council about use of part of the Highway outside the pub, but it’s not clear whether we’ll have approval by reopening.

We’ll post updates when we know more. We’re looking forward to seeing you, it’s been a long time

12th April

A lot of people have asked whether we’ll be opening our outside spaces on 12th April.

We’re waiting for a decision from Gateshead Council as to what outside space we can use, and also more detailed guidance about outdoor service. When we know more, we’ll decide whether we’ll take bookings or serve on a first come basis.

As soon as we know more, we’ll post on our webpage and Social Media.

But we will be opening.

Short Sleeve Social

Miss the pub? You can now support your favourite pub (it doesn’t have to be us) by buying a cool T-shirt.

Your favourite pub gets a fiver when you buy a shirt. Take a look at the Short Sleeve Social website. Use code SCHOONER20 for 20% off,


Why wait for next month’s national pie week? This week, you can have the full pie experience from the Schooner.

Choose from Leek and Potato in a cream sauce, Lamb with mint gravy, Chicken Vindaloo, or Lean steak and blue cheese. Any two with four pints of your choice of beer or cider for just £20.

All week. Free delivery as standard.

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.