Archive for the ‘Pubs’ Category
The Holiday picture
Hello and welcome back to the feature where members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board contribute to this page, and last month I tasked them with supplying their favourite family holiday picture, and this month’s winner came all the way from China!
Pictured above is Andrew Stewart and his daughter Mary visiting the Tsingtao Brewery at Qingdao, Shangdong province, China!
Andy is an ex-pat Sanddancer originally from Simonside in South Shields, the ex Royal Navy man is now settled in Australia where he is a regional operational manager for a very large retailer. Andy travelled from Queensland to China for his holiday this year to visit family and friends and this is what took his kith and kin to the brewery. I’ve met Andy a few times and despite spending over twenty years in Australia he still retains his authentic Geordie accent and is firmly tied to his roots here in South Shields. Andy told me:
The Germans built the brewery during their occupation of Qingdao, and the Japanese changed the name to Tsingtao during their time of occupation. It is in the suburb of Beer Street and is well worth a trip if you are ever visiting Qingdao. Qingdao hosted the sailing events during the Beijing 2008 Olympics and it is a city with over 10 million inhabitants.
I just used a little Canon pocket camera set on the self timer to take the shot.
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This is the view of Sandhaven Beach, South Shields from the wooden deck at the rear of the Marsden Rattler pub and restaurant. The expansive decking has been erected to provide a pleasant beach side al fresco eating area, which is very popular during the summer months. If you open the map link you should be able to see the old rolling stock which is now being used as dining rooms.
Special hardy grasses have been planted to protect the dunes in an effort to prevent the landward migration of the beach!
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/500 second, f8.0, iso 200
The Grey Horse
This is the Grey Horse public house in Front Street, East Boldon on the southern edge of South Shields, it has an Olde Worlde look about it but the building cannot be any more than about 120 years old. However, it is one of the “hubs” of the village life, along with it’s post office and a traditional butcher’s shop.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/30 second, f11, iso 400
There was a time in South Shields when there were so many pubs, inns, and hotels that it was virtually impossible to count them all. Over the past fifty years many of them have disappeared, but most neighbourhoods have a “local” where folks can go to get out of the house and enjoy some warmth, company, and a good beer, as well as meals at lunchtime or in the evenings. Generally speaking you only need to walk a couple of hundred yards to find your “local”.
This is The West Park Hotel located opposite one the town’s oldest parks on the corner of Stanhope Road and West Park Road, it has often been said that this is one of the highest residential spots in South Shields too, perhaps this is one of the reasons why an old observation point on the top of the building now houses a variety of mobile communication antennae.
It was quiet when I took this picture (which is cropped from a larger image), the Manchester United vs Celtic European Champions League game had just kicked off, so many of the pub’s customers were probably sat at home watching the game on television, despite the pub having a giant screen inside.
Camera details:Pentax K100D, 45mm lens, 6 seconds, f22, iso 800, Velbon tripod.
The Red Lion
West Boldon lies just to the south west of Biddick Hall in South Shields and despite the urban sprawl it still retains aspects of it’s old village atmosphere. These traits are most strikingly displayed near the head of Boldon Colliery with it’s collection of older buildings, pubs, and church close to the road leading to Sunderland.
It is here that I found this public house, The Red Lion, providing a massive infusion of colour with it’s planters and hanging baskets. Having suffered a terrible grey and damp summer they are trying their hardest to lighten the spirits as we head into autumn.
Camera detail; Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/350 second, f6.7, iso 800
South Shields latest bar/diner
“The Mile” is situated in the premises that used to be the old Companions Club, just off Mile End Road, South Shields. It’s in the heart of our “evening economy” as our local council likes to describe the area, in Brigham Place surrounded by other smart clean modern pubs. A new bar/grill/diner where the beers are reasonably priced and the food is quite hearty.
The decor is quite plush and a stark change to what the old place looked like, much like it’s neighbour Yates.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/125 second f8.0, iso 200
The lightning conductor on the top of the building ascends like a huge sewing needle towards the sky, a symbolic marking of the pinnacle of Victorian entertainment in South Shields.
Now the Vibe pub/night spot in Mile End Road, South Shields (fully described in this post) has in the past been a ballroom and a cinema.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 300mm lens, 1/250 second, f6.7, iso 200