by Craig Dingwall, George Welch and Ashley Williams
Founded in 1582, The Old George is Newcastle's oldest pub. From its cobbled stone entrance to the photographs on its walls, the pub oozes historical character. It claims to have a royal association with King Charles I.
Whilst in an open prison nearby, Charles was apparently a regular visitor. Held by the Scots in Pilgrim Street in 1646, legend has it that he was allowed to play golf under guard at Shield Field; Charles was known to stop off at the Old George for a drink on his return.
The Old George is also known as one of the most haunted pubs in Newcastle and features on ghost trail websites. Not only have there been reported sightings of black silhouettes in the night, it has been alleged that King Charles’ ghost has been sighted sitting in his chair.
The Old George serves traditional pub food and prides itself on offering “a royal service in this spectacular building.”