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“Looks are deceptive”

The Cumberland Arms
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Owner description: The Cumberland Arms is a fantastic Real Ale pub offering up to seven real ale hand pulls and a great bottle and keg selection that rotates exceptional beer from breweries spanning the British Isles and beyond and continually looks for new and exciting beers to bring home to share with their customers. It also boasts a fantastic cider selection that customers can savour, having won Camra Regional Cider Pub of The Year four consecutive years.There is an exciting mix of live music all year round with anything from indie gigs to the traditional folk and a generous splash of spoken word nights, theatre, weekly quiz and Ping Pong! Plus there is comedy once a month from The Suggestibles. The back room gives way to a host of traditional sessions most nights of the week, some with a heritage going back over twenty years, feel free to join in or just sit back and listen! The simple but quality bar menu includes up to 6 varieties of sausage and mash with home-made gravy, nachos, twice cooked chips and scampi plus a twist on the traditional Sunday Dinner plus other specials and when it’s sunny the BBQ comes out. Sit on the beer terrace overlooking the Ouseburn Valley and enjoy the views of the city or when it’s cold huddle next to the open fires. We also have a gem of a B&B if you fancy staying with us!The Cumberland Arms really is a great place to settle in and relax all year round.
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
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“Looks are deceptive”
Reviewed 13 March 2014

The pub looks isolated and down again heel from the outside, but it's a real gem. Great accommodation, atmosphere and beer. Well worth a visit.

Visited March 2014
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Newcastle
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“What a dump!”
Reviewed 6 March 2014

It is an absolute dump of a pub but it's a pub with life and soul!! Always good beers, great atmosphere, fires, music, outside seating with a super westerly view to the town.

It's a blast from the past when pubs were the heart and soul of the community. Wish it was at the end of my street.
Best dump in town! I love it.

Visited March 2014
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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Great beer but food was off...”
Reviewed 25 February 2014 via mobile

The Cumberland Arms is a quirky bar with lots of regulars who drink there. They have a nice selection of real ales and even tea and coffee. There are 2 small bars and a room upstairs for events. The staff are friendly(ish), if you can catch their eye and they aren't talking to their mates. They used to serve food, but don't anymore, although they do offer ploughman's, cheese boards and pork pies. I asked for a pork pie and pickle but was told the pickle was passed its use by date and they had no alternative. Not great, but they didn't seem bothered. Go if you've eaten and are feeling robust. As a lone visitor I didn't feel very welcome.

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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“The most characterful pub around”
Reviewed 26 January 2014

The Cumberland Arms is spectacularly unspoiled - it has managed to retain all its character while over the years attempts have been made to make it more comfortable, It has the most eclectic choices of live music, from bluegrass through folk to blues and rock, and the excellent Suggestibles if you're on the mood for comedy - plus a superb pub quiz every Monday night (I may be a little biased because I run the quiz...) There are plenty of local musicians who have open mic sessions as well as the professional gigs. The staff are uniformly friendly and helpful, and the whole place just buzzes with energy. Very highly recommended!

Visited January 2014
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“More character than anywhere else in Newcastle”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

There is no other venue in the city with as much character as this place. Informal folk sessions in the bar, gigs upstairs, an easygoing crowd, a pub cat, rapper dancers and real ales - always including something you've never heard of. It hardly needs another glowing review, but I am grateful for it being in the city. The outdoor music in the summer is an especial attraction, but then that means there's just too damn many people come and you can queue (yes there really is a queue) for ages at the bar, listening in to these good people's conversation.

Visited October 2013
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