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If you really just want a pie and a pint, I recommend The Redhouse, which is on Newcastle's Quayside. This ancient building, said to have been formerly a house of ill-repute, has had many incarnations: now it’s simply a “pie and ale house”.
That’s all they serve: you choose first a pie, then a choice of mash, peas and gravy to accompany it. I wouldn’t normally give this the time of day, but for two things: they have an excellent selection of real ales, including Five Bridges from Mordue, and the pies are made by Peter Forsyth’s excellent butcher’s shop in Amble.
Served on simple enamel plates, these have beautifully crimped shortcrust pastry, with layered subtle spicing – and range from spicy mutton and apricot to chicken, ham and leek.
Sadly, that’s all The Red House offers, apart from desserts bought in from the Pet Lamb patisserie in the Grainger Market. For a very simple pub lunch (at £7.95 for one pie or £9.95 for two if you’re really hungry) you can’t go wrong.