Our magnificent bar has
a very unusual history
The construction of Newcastle Central Station was completed and opened by Queen Victoria on 29th August 1850. It wasn’t until 1893 that the centurion was built as a sumptuous waiting lounge for first class passengers travelling from Newcastle. A major feature of the lounge is the exquisite tiling, which is today valued at an astonishing £3.8 million.
The lounge and its bar closed in the 1960s, when the British Transport Police started using the space as cells. British Rail owned the building at the time and cared very little for its Grade 1 listed status, making various changes to the venue’s décor.
In 2000, Keeping Inn Ltd acquired the building and lovingly and painstakingly restored The Centurion to its former glory! Since opening, the grandeur of The John Dobson-designed interior has amazed each and every customer who has passed through our door over the years.
John Dobson has famously produced many of Newcastle’s most ornate interiors including Grainger Market and the Church of St Thomas the Martyr.
The artistry that went into making our main room is breathtaking – the craftmanship and attention to detail is unmatched in the day and age. The Centurion bar is truly one of a kind.