“ PUB. Hotspur Street, Alnwick, Northumberland. „
The Tanners Arms has to be the friendliest pub in Alnwick. With a new landlady and excellent staff who are full of fun, you are guaranteed a warm welcome, excellent real ales, and lots of strangers who become friends.The live music nights are great and the quiz night every other Wednesday is a real light hearted laugh.If you are looking for a pub with super atmosphere and friendly people you need go no further. I will certainly be returning in the near future.
The Tanners well what can i say apart from it being the most friendliest pub ever, everyone is made extremely welcome its fun and very entertaining and what can i say about the quiz nights on a Wednesday very unusual but blooming great fun, a new landlady took over this pub last year and all i can say is it will go from strength to strength everyone mixes very well from strangers to regulars and i can honestly say its one of the only pubs i can walk in on my own and be made very welcome, music great and a great range of ales, so come on guys and girls get to the Tanners for a really brilliant night.
This pub used to be excellent, with good beer, a good atmosphere and good, friendly, conversational people. Sadly, it had deteriorated until late last year, with ale that couldn't be drunk, a poor atmosphere and just generally a dirty appearance (the toilets hadn't been cleaned for months). Thankfully, someone new took over, made the place look nice and turned it around. The atmosphere improved, the pub looked clean, felt clean, smelled clean and had a bunch of friendly staff who served good drinks with a smile. Until, that is, they have had a few pints of their own beer. My last experience of the pub was of an unfriendly, hostile, xenophobic, racist and aggressive pub. A real shame, and something that will now stop me from visiting the Tanners again. I cringe every time I walk past and I would advise anyone who is not from Alnwick, or of any origin not North-East England, to give this place a very wide berth. It looks now like it has turned into a private darts club for the owner's friends and unless you like sitting having a conversation in the middle of darts match, I would advise you visit an alternative establishment.
The sign above the door to this place should read "Alnwick's Premier Attraction" as this is not only the finest pub in Alnwick, but the whole of the county. The good points: 1) The best juke box in Great Britain. On the box you have a the unique mix of classic songs from almost ever era, from 1990's to the 1960's (including some rare 80's masterpieces). 2) Fine ales and spirits. You can choose from 3 cast ales (hand pulled), or lager and bitters, and nearly every rare spirit behind the bar, from 'Absinthe' to 'goldstrike' and back via 'Rumplemintze?' (not sure of the spelling of that last one). 3) Exellent conversation. If your new to the pub almost every one will talk with you, and your never far away from a new conversation. And there are many other good pionts which you should come and see for your self. And the only bad piont that i can think of is the amount of people who go there on a saturday night, when it get very busy indeed, but only for half an hour or so.
Alnwick couldnt exactly be described as the partying centre of the world, but it does have a suprising amount of pubs given its size. The Tanners Arms (more commonly known as 'The Tanners') is one of these these pubs, and is located just out of the town centre. If it had been any further away it would have been too far removed, but its location is just right to avoid the hussle and bussle of the town centre. The Tanners also attracts a different style of person than the other pubs in Alnwick, and this is matched to a tee by the music on the jukebox. The Tanners itself is small, theres no pool table or dance floor, just a bar and a room with tables and chairs, traditional English style. The bar sells a good range of drinks, including the legendary Absinthe. For those who don't know, this strong (85%) drink was once banned in this country and is reported by some to have hallucinogenic properties, although I don't drink it myself my friends flock to this place simply to get some. The bar staff are friendly and helpful, and even the owner was understanding when a friend of mine had a few too many and knocked over a whole table of drinks. As I said before, the music matches the people who drink here, and in my opinion the Tanners has by far the best jukebox in the whole of Alnwick, theres none of your dance or pop music here, where the other pubs may offer the likes of Britney Spears the Tanners offers rock, new and old. Korn, Metallica, Limp Bizbit sit alongside the likes of The Rolling Stones. It could be the music that dictates the people who come here, or the people that dictate the music, but as I said before they are closely linked. The Tanners isn't the place where the young people come looking to pull, or on a drinking session. The Tanners has a slightly older average age than the other pubs in Alnick, not that its full of old men either. Long haired punk\hippy types are common in this pub, but that doesn't mean you' ;ll get lynched if your not like that. The only way I can describe the Tanners is as a rock music pub, which means I'd describe a lot of the other pubs in Alniwck as pop music pubs. When I was arranging a recent night out we decided to meet in the Tanners, but when I told other people to meet us there I was greeted by a look of madness, it seems that some people consider the Tanners to be druggies pub, but whether or not the people in the pub use drugs or not doesn't matter to me. The people in here are some of the frendliest people in all of Alnwicks pubs, theres no danger of a fight in the Tanners which couldn't be said for a lot of the other pubs in Alnwick. As I said before the pub is small, and while it isn't too busy early on (7pm ish) it does get extremely busy towards the end of the night. And when I say busy I mean it, you literally cannot move. Imagine trying to carry three drinks through a packed room, trying not too spil them over anyone. Hard enough sober at the start of the night, but at 11pm when you've drunk a bit it is a nightmare. Still, there is a reason for this madness, the Tanners is one of the only pubs in Alnwick to offer a lock in, so it can be forgiven for being crowded. Last weekend I stayed in The Tanners till 12.30pm, how long after people stayed for I don't know but its better than going home at 11pm. Overall a great little pub, and one that goes against the flow of the rest of the pubs in Alnwick. In a word, Unique.
Alnwick does not hold many attractments to it and in fact it only pulls in punters who want to see the lovely big Castle. However in the ancient scriptures it is written "There shall be a pub and it will bear a Jukebox like no other, with good tunes". You will be surprised to hear that this pub lies in Alnwick and it is in fact 'The Tanners Arms'. The Tanners is the only pub in Alnwick that is able to filter out all the young phoney's. It is quite small, has no pool table and only a Jukebox for music. It is simply perfect. This is the pub you go to when you don't like Dance music and you don't like phoney's. One of the greatest attractions to The Tanners is the Pitchers they do for only £12. This is a great offer if you and your friends chip in and you can get some really great drinks in it. The other attraction is the Absinthe! Oh yes this tasty drink drives us to The Tanners often, as it is the only pub in Alnwick that sells Absinthe. The Jukebox has many awesome tunes on it and in my opinion and many others, is the best Jukebox in Alnwick at least. It basically has filtered out pop and Dance leaving the good stuff. The only downfall to The Tanners is that because it is small it can become very cramped around 10:40 on a Saturday night. A lot of folks like to stay at The Tanners for the lock in. Getting a lock in at The Tanners can sometimes be disappointing. This is because you feel that you can not go to any other pubs and find someone to get tapped with for the night anymore. So if you want to have a lock in at The Tanners I suggest you take your boy/girlfriend in with you or if you don't have one find someone to get tapped with for the night and take him/her in with you. Otherwise try getting a lock in with the Phoney's somewhere else, at least you can chat them up. All in all, this pub is my local in Alnwick and if you ever visit you might be able to see me sitting down with an Absinthe and Cok e in my hands.