Drinks flow as easily as the conversation in Newcastle’s most sumptuous old world bar.
Originally built in the early 18th Century, on the site of a former Blacksmiths where ale was sold from a make-shift ‘tap room’ in the back yard (hence the origin of the pubs name), this ancient watering hole is steeped in history…
Rebuilt in 1889 after part of the structure collapsed, Blackie Boy (or Black Boy Inn), Groat Market, is one of the oldest pubs in Newcastle and has quite a bit of an entertaining history attached to it.
The pub was a favourite haunt of the famous engraver Thomas Bewick, who belonged to a debating club, known as “Swarleys” named after the Inns proprietor, Richard Swarley, which met there during the late 18th century. Every member of this club had to behave as a true gentleman and if not was fined and dismissed from the club immediately.