by Craig Dingwall, George Welch and Ashley Williams
The Crown Posada, located on The Side, near the Quayside, is Newcastle’s oldest purpose-built pub. 230 years ago the pub was opened by a Spanish sea captain, apparently for his Geordie mistress. Originally known as The Crown, the Spanish sea captain added on ‘Posada’ meaning ‘resting place’ in both Spanish and Portuguese.
Due to its appropriate location Navy ships used to dock at the Quayside before visiting The Crown Posada. Sea Captains would leave their hats at the pub, which became pub tradition. As a result Emma, assistant manager for the past year, claims that this contributes to the pubs identity saying “we get a lot of tourists in because the pub is famous.”
The Crown Posada is unique, not only because of its specialist ales, but because of its narrow layout. The windows, which were installed around 150 years ago, apparently depict the sea captain on one window and his supposed mistress on the other.