Jump to main content of page

Free Trade Inn

Address: Saint Lawrence Road, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1A6
Telephone: 0191 265 5764

Free Trade Inn, Ouseburn, Newcastle

Free Trade Inn, Byker, Newcastle

Basic riverside locals pub in Byker area of city on a small headland just above where the Ouseburn flows into the Tyne.

The pub’s bar is straight opposite as you enter and the L shaped seating area extends to the right and beyond the bar to the left. The decor is very basic – certainly no frills at all, and the basic toilets are famous for their graffiti.

The large picture Windows look out onto a fine view west towards Newcastle, Gateshead and the Tyne bridges in the distance. The Free Trade Inn is a popular destination for photographers on clear days when the sun sets behind the city centre. Over the road is a seating area for sunny days, and it’s from here that most photos are taken – including mine.

There is a good selection of cask and craft beers – all kept well and very reasonably priced. I tried the Orkney Raven which was nice and hoppy and fresh.

Don’t believe that food is available.

The Bar at the Free Trade Inn, Byker, Newcastle

The Bar at the Free Trade Inn, Byker, Newcastle

Newcastle skyline from Free Trade Inn as the sun sets

Newcastle skyline from Free Trade Inn as the sun sets


The Free Trade Inn was briefly used as a location for the popular ITV detective series Vera. At the end of the Series 3 episode called Young Gods (first broadcast 8th September 2013) some of the characters gather in the Free Trade Inn for an evening drink. The camera zooms past the characters to look through the window at the spectacular view over towards Newcastle City Centre – with all the bridges and riverside lit up.

Still from ITV show Vera shot inside Free Trade Inn. Copyright ITV

Still from ITV show Vera shot inside Free Trade Inn. Copyright ITV

The Free Trade Inn is a fine reward for a riverside walk out of the city – as is the Tyne Bar which is close by, just down the path to the lock.

Last visited: October 2012

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Other Pubs in the Byker Area

One Response to “Free Trade Inn”

  1. […] bier! Oké, ze hebben hier ook gekoeld bier en een voorraad van de lokale Tyne Bank Brouwerij. De Free Trade Inn is een lokale pub waar je een drankje kunt doen met uitzicht op de skyline van Newcastle. The Tyne […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

Share this page (Links open new windows/tabs)

  • Share this page on LinkedIn (opens new window)
  • Share this page on Delicious (opens new window)
  • Share this page on Digg (opens new window)
  • Share this page on Posterous (opens new window)
  • Share this page on Reddit (opens new window)
  • Share this page on Stumbleupon (opens new window)

Like to Subscribe?

If you'd like to receive email updates from Good Beer, Good Pubs whenever a new post or review is published then head over to the Subscribe page. Just enter your email address and it'll all be taken care of. We will not use your email address for anything else without your permission.