Small, quiet, intimate and friendly are four of the common adjectives used to describe Oddfellows. The bar has a unique atmosphere conducive to relaxation whilst you while away the time amongst friends. Oddfellows is a pub run along traditional lines, being very much wet led, with only a limited range of lunchtime bar meals on offer.
Three trad ales are always on tap (Currently Jarrow Brewery's Jarrow bitter and Greene King's Abbot Ale plus one guest ale), and pride is always taken in their quality. Oddfellows has been included in every CAMRA Good Beer Guide since 2005. Also always on sale is an almost unique selection of bottle conditioned beers. For our bottle conditioned menu and tasting notes please follow the 'beers' link.
The pub boasts two darts teams, two football teams and a golf society as well as supporting and sponsoring the North Shields F.C., all of which help to enhance the pubs identity.
2005 saw the opening of the South facing beer garden and one year later a partial shelter was added in anticipation of the anti smoking legislation.
Oddfellows is owned and managed by Graeme and Jane who took over on 3rd March 2003. Graeme was born in North Shields only a stones throw away from where the pub stands in the old Preston Hospital. His background is in the licensed trade and managing Oddfellows is his only job. Jane hails from Middlesbrough and has a 'proper' job in marketing. Graeme and Jane would like to extend a cordial welcome to all Oddfellows customers, both current and future.
Introducing Oddfellows staff...
Mark is our longest serving member of staff with his service dating back to approximately 1994ish, although no-one seems to remember exactly. Mark has become pretty much part of the furniture over the years, performing numerous reliefs for Peter and Janet and remaining a trusted stalwart today.
Similar to Mark in that Tracey has worked at Oddies for donkeys years transcending both the Peter and Janet era and the Graeme and Jane years that have followed. It's a fact that Tracey knows at least half of the good folk o' Shields, many of whom visit Oddfellows purely to hear her dulcet tones. Took on extra shifts when Liam left for pastures new and so is much more likely to be seen behind the bar than ever before.
Lynne has been working at Oddfellows since early 2008 but will not let anyone take her picture. If anyone can get a decent sneaky picture of her then there's a pint in it!
Emma does the occasional shift at the weekends but often drinks in the pub having played poker since the poker nights first started. Indeed Emma noe runs the poker night as the official supervisor.
Caitlyn can be spotted occasionally helping out in Oddies as well as down at the Berkeley Tavern in Whitley bay where she does most of her hours. Caitlyn is naturally suited to bar work – she is Ausralian!
Other faces you may see behind the bar from time to time are Carl and Reg who all occasionally fill in when required.