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Old School Charm at the Dog & Rabbit in Whitley Bay

A former ladies dress shop has transformed into a popular micro-brew pub in the heart of Whitley Bay.

Think about Park View in Whitley Bay and what comes to mind? Clothes shops, a range of interiors shops, a good selection of café’s, hair and beauty outlets, estate agents. The street is bustling with life and brimming with independent businesses, but one of the things it is not renowned for, and has been lacking for years, is its very own pub. 

Well, it is lacking no more, as last year saw the opening of the Dog & Rabbit at number 36 Park View, right in the heart of the town.

When the long standing ladies clothes shop Gabrielle, which used to occupy the premises, closed its doors last summer, husband and wife team Tony and Julie Patton seized the opportunity to give Park View one of the things it was lacking and, after a major renovation, opened the doors to the Dog & Rabbit pub and micro-brewery.

Tony had been home-brewing for a number of years, and is a long time champion of real ale and supporting local brewery’s. He wanted to make the pub exactly that – a pub. No gimmicks, no loud music, no television, no flashing lights, just good old fashioned proper beer and proper craic!

The décor is ‘old school’ dark wood and deep rich red. The seating was made to order from a local charity, and the mahogany counter was rescued from a Cumbrian hotel, all adding to the authentic feel of the pub. The pumps fill your glass with local ales such as Box Social, Acton Ales, Three Kings, Anachy and the new Flash House Brewery.

The pub is dog friendly, with doggy beer and doggy treats for sale, all accompanied by a doggy poop bag to take home!

The micro-brewery is slowly getting up and running too, so watch out for even more local brew on the way!

Tony told us ‘”We are really pleased with the response from the local community and real ale fans from the region. It was a gamble to take on a project like this, but we are both glad we did and haven’t looked back. The Whitley Bay community have been superb, one lady even painted a picture of a dog and a rabbit for us – how nice is that!”

So if it is real ale, real conversation, in real surroundings you are after, there is no better destination in the local area than the Dog & Rabbit.

The Dog & Rabbit, 36 Park View, Whitley Bay, NE26 2TH