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Boathouse (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island HoppingExcellent1
Full Mash - Montys WhistleExcellent1
Wentworth - Rampant GryphonExcellent1
Hadrian and Border - Are You Listening Gordon HealExcellent1
Firebrick - CoalfaceExcellent1
Redscar - JazzGood1
Fyne - MaverickGood1
Loch Lomond - Ale of LevenGood1
Anarchy - Quiet RiotGood1
Geltsdale - TarnmonathAcceptable1
Born in the Borders (formerly Scottish Borders) - Holy CowAcceptable1
Jarrow - Rivet CatcherAcceptable1
High House Farm - Cyril the MagnificentAcceptable1
Rudgate - LaguzNot Tried0
High House Farm - Anniversary AleNot Tried0
Mordue - X2Not Tried0
Anarchy - Citra StarNot Tried0
Wentworth - Tempestuous Not Tried0
Inveralmond - ThrappledouserNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)Not Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Red MacGregorNot Tried0
Bath Ales - Gem BitterNot Tried0
Fyne - AvalancheNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Orkney BlastNot Tried0
Born in the Borders (formerly Scottish Borders) - Foxy BlondeNot Tried0
Houston - Auld HumdingerNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Dark MunroNot Tried0
Consett Ale Works - Cast IronNot Tried0
BrewDog - 5AM SaintNot Tried0
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Peach MelbearNot Tried0
Summer Wine (SWB) - Project 6 IPANot Tried0
High House Farm - SundancerNot Tried0
Wentworth - School Of HopNot Tried0
Picture 1. Boathouse, Wylam, Northumberland

Visits Details

20 Apr 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Easter Sunday late afternoon and the pub is packed for a festival of Scottish beers. Scottish beers are not necessarily my favourites, but it would be poor form to have come all this way and not get stuck in.
Fyne - Maverick4.20GoodChestnut-coloured, fruity and spicy.
Loch Lomond - Ale of Leven4.50GoodA pretty good, amber coloured, well-balanced beer. Perhaps a little sweet.
Born in the Borders (formerly Scottish Borders) - Holy Cow4.20AcceptableMalty and sweetish. Easy drinking.
Inveralmond - Thrappledouser4.30Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Red MacGregor4.00Not Tried
Fyne - Avalanche4.50Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Orkney Blast6.00Not Tried
Born in the Borders (formerly Scottish Borders) - Foxy Blonde3.80Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Dark Munro4.00Not Tried
06 May 2013 (Nick Willis)
Wonderful pub. Busy with people enjoying the sun. Very good service
Wentworth - Rampant Gryphon6.20Excellent
Firebrick - Coalface3.90Excellent
Anarchy - Quiet Riot6.60Good
Redscar - Jazz3.80Good
High House Farm - Sundancer3.60Not Tried
Wentworth - School Of Hop3.90Not Tried
Rudgate - Laguz4.20Not Tried
High House Farm - Anniversary Ale3.50Not Tried
Mordue - X24.70Not Tried
Anarchy - Citra Star4.10Not Tried
Wentworth - Tempestuous 4.60Not Tried
13 Oct 2010 (McGargle)
Very busy and friendly but one or two yappy dogs. 13 hand pumps is probably too many as some beers did not sell all night. No food available on this visit so if you're hungry it might be better to ring ahead.
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island Hopping3.90ExcellentStraw coloured with tight white head. Fresh aromas and citrus hops well balanced by light smooth malt.
Jarrow - Rivet Catcher4.00AcceptableLacking in freshness none of the citrus zest was apparent leaving a slightly aggressive flavour.
High House Farm - Cyril the Magnificent5.50AcceptableSupposedly a dunkel it was a hazy dark brown with none of the freshness of a German wheat beer.
Geltsdale - Tarnmonath4.00AcceptableGolden bitter with slight citrus aromas. Probably a little past its best.
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Bath Ales - Gem Bitter4.10Not Tried£1.99/pint.
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Orkney Blast6.00Not Tried
Houston - Auld Humdinger4.20Not Tried
Consett Ale Works - Cast Iron4.10Not Tried
BrewDog - 5AM Saint5.00Not Tried
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Peach Melbear4.40Not Tried
Summer Wine (SWB) - Project 6 IPA6.60Not TriedThis was brew 5. Hadn't sold all night and the taster was warm and lacking in condition.
06 Feb 2010 (Flying.geordie)
Sat night and full in the bar but a bit space in the side room for the music.
Full Mash - Montys Whistle3.80Excellent
Hadrian and Border - Are You Listening Gordon Heal4.30ExcellentOne off brew for Gordons 60th Birthday.

About the Boathouse

The pub sign. Boathouse, Wylam, Northumberland

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Wylam, Northumberland, NE41 8HR.

Two roomed pub with many jandpumps. CAMRA Northumberland Pub of the Year 2012 - the most recent of many CAMRA awards. Gets very busy at weekends and at the regular beer festivals held here. Right next door to Wylam railway station.

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 33 different beers and tried 13 of them.

Map location

Postcode: NE41 8HR