Rugby returns – here’s where to watch England in the Autumn Internationals in Newcastle
We know of 9 pubs and bars in the city centre who are guaranteed to give you your rugby rush.
There’s been a heck of a lot to shout about during 2021’s epic sporting calendar so far.
But after a tough loss for the British and Irish Lions in South Africa this Summer, rugby-speaking we’ve been on a bit of a downer.
But for no longer – because international rugby has returned in a typically dynamic fashion, with southern hemisphere giants South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and Argentina all returning to our shores once again. Last weekend, we saw the Autumn Internationals kick off with Scotland thrashing Tonga at Murrayfield and Wales suffering an embarrassing defeat at home to the All Blacks.
Now, it’s England’s turn. With all three of their Autumn International fixtures at Twickenham, Eddie Jones and the boys will first host Tonga on Saturday 6th November, before welcoming Australia on Saturday 13th November and South Africa on Saturday 20th November.
Here’s where you can watch all the action unfold in some of Newcastle’s superlative sporting pubs and bars…
THREE BULLS HEAD
Following a huge makeover, former old-time boozer The Three Bulls Head is looking slick, fresh and, to be honest, a lot more inviting. Having installed six extra screens – taking the total up to 20 – it means that wherever you’re sitting here, you’re always going to have the best view in the house.
Further up Percy Street, Crow’s Nest is one of our favourite, truly traditional British pubs. Think cask ales and pub grub, with a real friendly atmosphere to match (and all the live sport you could ever need).
Just on the other side of the road, The Junction also lives and breathes sports, with plenty of room and a perpetually-buzzing atmosphere – which may have a little something to do with the beer pong tables they have set up.
Unless you’ve studied at Newcastle University, it’s easy to miss this popular watering hole, tucked away off the beaten track next to The Philip Robinson Library. But they’re a huge sporting destination all year round and will be showing the Autumn Internationals action in all its glory.
It goes without saying that The Hancock is a popular student haunt, but they’re also really passionate about sport and the drinks selection (not to mention the scran) here is immense.
If you’re looking for a sporting stalwart that won’t let you down, then Pacific House is your bar. They’ve always been one of our go-tos for live matches, with 13 screens showing all the hottest sporting action – including the rugby – so you’ll not miss a single kick, ruck or try. Oh, while you’re here, make sure to order at least one of their three flavours of The Newcastle Distillery Co. gin – they’re amaze.
OLD GEORGE INN
Head up towards the Bigg Market and take a right onto High Bridge to get your rugby rush at the Old George Inn – Newcastle’s oldest pub, dating back to 1582, which even boasts royal connections, (Charles I was a regular visitor, while in an open prison nearby). They’re showing every game of the Autumn Internationals.
THE ROSE & CROWN
A two-minute walk away up towards The Gate, The Rose & Crown is another top shout for a proper old-school boozer in which to hunker down and watch Owen Farrell and the lads do us proud. Sure to give you that feeling of being in your local, while also out on the town.
In the other direction, along the Cloth Market and down towards the Quayside, you’ll find plenty of Autumn Internationals buzz at Akenside Traders. Renowned for their live sport offering as much as they are for their craft beers and spirits emporium, stop by the Akenside if you could fancy some tapas and hand-stretched pizzas with your rugby.
THE WAITING ROOMS
If cocktails are more your vibe, The Waiting Rooms are just five minutes up the road and serve 2-4-1 cocktails all day long, so you can sip in style while watching Maro Itoje and co. sweat it out.