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About us 


Address:          Half Moon Lane  


                        Tyne & Wear 

                        NE8 2AN  

Tel:                  0191 478 2543


Manager:         Gavin Sinclair


Where are we?

The Central is the latest addition to The Head Of Steam family. It is situated on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne, between the Tyne and High Level Bridges, next to the railway bridge, and just up the road from the Hilton Hotel and The Sage Gateshead.

How to get there

Bus: Any that travel from Gateshead Interchange to Newcastle upon Tyne and stop before the Tyne Bridge on the Gateshead side. Or all buses that travel from Newcastle to Gateshead and go across the High Level Bridge stop very close to our front door!

Otherwise it's a 5-minute walk from Gateshead Interchange.

Quaylink bus: The Sage Gateshead

Metro: Gateshead

A bit about the outlet 

The Central has been a very run-down pub, with a lovely bar and back fitting in the Buffet. The owner had a flat above and, way back, the upper rooms on the first and second floors were a workers lodgings. At one time, part of the first floor was a nightclub! But the state of the upper floors was awful. In the loft, contractors found almost a metre deep layer of decomposed pigeons and pigeon droppings – probably going back to 1856 when the Central was built! But now the pub has undergone a new-life-creation. The upper floors have been stripped out and turned into function rooms of different sizes, with 2 being very suitable as live music venues. Part of the roof has being stripped away and a new one installed, with a new rooftop terrace bar added too!

The project has been in 2 phases. The first phase was completed on September 1st, which involved re-opening the Buffet and Snug at the east end, with toilet facilities above. The second phase, when the whole project is due to be live, was on Wednesday 1st December.

One thing we are committed to is the ability to have parties and other events in all of the bars, so for further details, please email Dave Campbell at

Opening hours 

Monday: 11.30 - 23.00 

Tuesday: 11.30 - 23.00

Wednesday: 11.30 - 23.30 

Thursday: 11.30 - 23.30

Friday: 11.30 - 01.00 

Saturday: 11.30 - 01.00

Sunday: 12.00 - 23.00

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