There are some very good points about this place but also a few gripes that can easily be addressed. Location (either for South Shields TC or for Newcastle TC, via Metro- but have change ready as notes not accepted), is excellent. Despite only being a pub, bedroom and refurbished bathrooms reflect decent hotel standards.Obviously price is modest so a stay is clearly good value.
I don't think the self service breakfast in the morning is bad (how many of us in real life have cooked breakfasts everyday ??) - however , a few stools or chairs etc. need to be placed in kitchen to avoid one having to eat ones cornflakes or whatever standing up. During extended trip around the British Isles, this was one of 2 places where although I could connect to the advertised wifi network,(I have a powerful laptop and rarely have problems), I believe the upstairs (and thus guest) network had lost its connection to the Internet and needed to be rebooted.When this happened in Ireland, the receptionist rebooted the hotel modem thereby getting the network back on line and fixing the problem (as I showed her my computer and she knew from others what the problem was), here in contrast the host was busy serving customers at the bar so I didn't raise the issue even though I found the lack of internet access very annoying - my intention therefore in writing this is to make the hotel staff and future visitors aware so everybody can be proactive if other guests encounter the problem in the future. ( I also couldn't get the tv to work so this should be checked). Next, be aware (as I was when I booked but I had forgotten by the time I arrived :) that loud music is played in the bar downstairs til 1am (or certainly weekends) so you can only get to sleep from then on - for people joining the bar, or going into town for the night, this is not issue (it wasn't for me) but it would be for someone hoping to go to bed early.
Finally for those without satnav or who don't know the area be aware that although there are 2 car access routes to the cul de sac at the end of which the pub is located , one is forbidden to traffic except from 11.30pm to 6.30am- the other approach is via the Asda supermarket and other shops access road ( go to the end and turn the corner to find the cul de sac at the end) - this is all obvious once you know it but kind of counter intuitive when you don't.
In conclusion I would recommend this place but subject to the above caveats.