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06/10/20 Closed Mondays.

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2a Ocean Road
South Shields
NE33 2HZ

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11:00-23:00 Mon-Thu; 11:00-01:00 Fri-Sat; 11:00-23:00 Sun

About the Pub

Known locally as the Cri, The Criterion is an historic pub dating from the 1800's and which closed in 2012 and turned into a bookmakers. The first floor of the building has been completely refurbished to reflect how it looked in the past and turned into a medium size bar. the pub has started brewing their own beer served from two handpulls. There is an impressive back bar with large mirrors, two real fires and comfortable seating with some sofas. Note the clock above the exit door from the bar. Outside you can still see the old Teltey's pub signs.

Access is via the entrance on Ocean Road and up a staircase. No disabled access. Pub is very close to the public transport interchange.

Historic Interest

The Criterion is included in the South Tyneside Council local listing of significant heritage assets. Full information is available from

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Criterion, South Shields


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    10% discount off real ale on production of CAMRA card.

  • LocAle LocAle Accredited


  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • WiFi Wifi

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2a Ocean Road
South Shields
NE33 2HZ

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54.998738, -1.431850


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All town centre buses.

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South Shields

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