Cheers! Three county pubs feature in new guide book

The front cover of the book.
The front cover of the book.

Three Northumberland pubs are being celebrated as traditional coaching inns of historical significance in the latest publication from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The White Swan Hotel and The Queen’s Head, both in Alnwick, and Berwick’s Brown Bear all feature in Historic Coaching Inns of the Great North Road, by acclaimed beer writer Roger Protz.

The book is an informative traveller’s guide which takes you on a fascinating journey from London to Edinburgh.

Known as the Route 66 of Britain, the Great North Road is a huge part of British folklore, serving as the main route between London and Scotland for many centuries.

The coaching inns along it are part of the nation’s living history.

The White Swan’s dining room features the panelling, mirrors, ceiling and stained-glass windows from Titanic’s sister ship, the RMS Olympic.

Promoting the book, CAMRA describes The White Swan as ‘a static version of the ill-fated RMS Titanic that sank in the Atlantic in 1912’.

The Queen’s Head meanwhile is a ‘homely, welcoming community pub that claims to be the oldest inn in Alnwick dating from 1777’ and The Brown Bear is ‘the town’s oldest inn which enjoys a strong following’.

Lavishly illustrated throughout, Historic Coaching Inns of the Great North Road includes overview maps showing key roads for each section of the route, practical information including recommendations for local visits and quirky anecdotes to convey the history and legends of the Great North Road.

CAMRA’s Historic Coaching Inns of the Great North Road is available to order for £12.99, via endary-highway.html