Newcastle’s Black Bull pub to open as new sports bar and restaurant after takeover
An iconic city center pub that was once frequented by Newcastle United legends is being rebranded as a sports bar and restaurant.
The former Black Bull pub on Barrack Road, Newcastle, has been taken over by new owners and renamed The Black & White Bull. New signage has been installed at the front of the historic building and work is underway to transform the interior into a modern bar and restaurant.
According to The Black and White Bull’s social media pages, the bar will host a pre- and post-match crowd, serving food as well as a range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails. Photos have also been shared on the page which show that major work is being done inside the site.
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Walls have been knocked down to create an open-plan restaurant and bar, while a black and white color scheme nods to Newcastle United. A post on The Black and White Bull’s Facebook page told drinkers the venue is a “new and updated version of their favorite pub”.
“Many of you, especially NUFC fans, will be familiar with ‘The Black Bull’ located across from St. James’s Park,” it read.
“This has been a key location for those attending home and away games from the pub and a local for many of you. Now we bring you the brand new ‘The Black and White Bull’ – a new updated version of the favorite pub (and name!)
“A newly renovated sports bar and restaurant with private rooms for rent upstairs and TVs located throughout the venue for watching games and other sports. The perfect place to eat and drink with good vibes.”
The pub’s reopening date has yet to be confirmed.
The name change comes after the original Black Bull pub closed in November last year. Former owner Steve Burns spent three decades here serving crowds of Newcastle United fans and locals.
Newcastle United legends including Alan Shearer, Rob Lee and John Beresford were also among those who had a drink at the pub over the years. However, former owner Steve, said he was told by email by the building’s owner, Trust Inns, that he had 10 days to vacate the premises in November 2021 or he would be sued for dilapidation.
The 60-year-old from Benwell admitted the whole pub was ‘in need of investment’ but said it was in ‘much better condition’ than when he took over the pub in 1991 and it had tried several times to negotiate a metamorphosis of the site.
He said that in exchange for this personal investment, he asked for a long-term contract. But was turned down, with Trust Inns saying they could only give him a three-year contract. He said the Trust considered funding the investment itself, but ultimately decided that neither he nor he would be able to pursue the transformation.
Trust Inns understood it was an upsetting time for Mr Burns, but denied his claims. A company spokeswoman said: “Trust Inns confirms that the allegations made against it are entirely misleading and do not accurately reflect the facts.”
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