Cumberland Arms celebrates 135th anniversary of Byker Bridge

The Cumberland Arms in Ouseburn, NewcastleTHE CUMBERLAND Arms in Newcastle’s Ouseburn is to celebrate the 135th anniversary of the opening  of the city’s Byker Bridge.

Opened to pedestrians on October 19 1878 – and to carts and carriages on January 27 1879 – the iconic bridge was originally only 30ft wide, and cost a half penny to cross.

And on Saturday the pub, which sits just below the bridge’s eastern end, will be re-creating parts of the opening ceremony with help from The Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band , Rapper dancers, a Punch and Judy Show and lots of traditional Victorian games for all the family.

There is also a beer and cider festival with 30 cask beers, 20 ciders and 10 keg beers which starts today and runs until Sunday (see the beer list below)

The brass band will be playing from around 12pm on  Saturday, while from 4pm, there will be a singing session in the back bar led by George Unthank, with Becky and Rachel Unthank, and Niopha Keegan so drinkers can sing their hearts out.

Then on Sunday the pub will play host to the Autumn Graze event, which brings together local food producers and food lovers from 12pm.

The Beer List

Cask

Aaran – Dark 4.3%
Alechemy – Bad Day At The Office 4.5%
Allendale – UK 800 Amber Ale 4.1%
Arbor – Saison Bouffant 4.5%
Big Lamp – Prince Bishop 4.8%
Bristol Beer Factory – Sunrise 4.4%
Buxton – American Rye 4.3%
Cromarty – Hit The Lip 3.8%
Cullercoats – Jack the Devil 4.5%
Cumberland – Corby Noir 4.5%
Durham – Columbus IPA 4.5%
Hadrian & Border – Black & White 4.2%
Hawkshead – Red 4.2%
Jarrow – McConnells Irish Stout 4.6%
Magic Rock – Carnival 4.3%
Moor – Hoppiness 6.5%
Mordue – IPA. 5%
Panda Frog – Operation Red Thunder 6.8%
Redwillow – Headless 3.9%
Roosters – Leghorn 4.3%
Roosters – High Treason 4.7%
Six Degrees North – Summer Scotch 8%
The Brew Co. – Autumnus 4.7%
Tiny Rebel – The Full Nelson 4.8%
Tyne Bank – Rauchbier 6.5%
Weird Beard – Mariana Trench 5.3%
Wild Beer Co. – Fresh 5.5%
Wild Beer Co. – Put It In Your Pipe 5.1%
Wylam – Flaxen White Wit 5.2%

Keg

Camden – Unfiltered Hells 4.8%
Celt Experience– Silures 4.6%
Cromarty – Ki-Wheat 5%
Lovibonds – Dirty 69 6.9%
Kernel – London Sour 3.8%
Quantum – American Pale Ale – 5.3%
Redchurch – Old Ford Export Stout 7.5%
Siren/Cigar City/Grass Roots – Neither 8.3%
Thornbridge – Tzara 4.8%

Cider List

Burnards – Three Sheets T’Wind (Medium Sweet) 6%
Butford Farm – Perry (Medium Dry)
Butford Organic– (Medium Dry) 6.8%
Gwatkin – Stoke Red Cider 7.5%
Heck’s – Port of Wine Glastonbury 6.5%
Lilley’s – Bee Sting 7.5%
May’s – (Medium Dry) 5.5%
May’s – (Medium) 5.5%
Moles – Black Rat (Medium)
Pure North – Katy (Medium Dry) 5.5%
Ross-on-Wye – Alpaca Perry 6%
Sanford – Bumbleberry 4%
Sandford – Cider Ginger 4%
Sandford – Strawberry Lane 4%
Sandford – Pear Shaped Perry 7.5%
Severn – Perry 6.3%
Swallowfields – Painted Lady Perry 5.5%
Winkleigh – Autumn Mix Scrumpy 7.5%
Winkleigh – Sam’s Medium 6%
W. M. Watkins – Twisted Oak (Dry) 7.2%