Ben Lomond: Public House and Restaurant

The Ben Lomond: Jarrow

There is little or no information history on this building before 1930 which can be found in Jarrow town centre. the Ben Lomond as it was known back in the 1930’s, was run as a residential hotel it remained so until the 1970’s.

The exterior of the building has never changed and is as grand a structure now as it was back in the 30’s. However, this did not go for the interior, sadly it suffered badly. It was rented from Newcastle Breweries by Derek Armstrong, owner of both the Cavalier Club and the County Hotel, he brought the interior up to a very high standard and renamed the building to The Viking. Sadly by about 1995/6 it had fallen back into disrepair and came close to being demolished.

This is where Witherspoons stepped in, bought the property and refurbished the grand old building as well as changing the name back to its original name of The Ben Lomond.


Attended state schools (St Peters & Paul's) Spent my last 4 years attending St Cuthbert Secondary. Driver and warehouse manager 25 years plus. Spent 16+ years attending Newcastle Uni and North Tyneside College. (Humanistic approaches in Counselling). Qualified some years ago. Don’t have many dislikes apart from people who try to be something they’re not (conveniently forget where their roots are), and I do not suffer fools easily so they tell me, or people that over talk others. I eat and drink to live, love all kinds of music, places of interest, photography, Singing, computing, reading for pleasure (mostly supernatural/horror, James Herbert / Stephen King), and swimming.

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