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 Wooden Doll, North Shields, Tyne & Wear


Wooden Doll
Hudson St
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE30 1JS

Contact:Wilf and Tom
Tel: 0191 258 5154
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lovely pub
Was told about the wooden doll by a friend and loved it! Was very busy and the food was delicious. Definitely going back.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Rating: No rosettes

Michael brown
Best pub in north shields. Excellent food. Sunday lunch fantastic. Great service, polite, friendly. Fantastic live music. Support the wooden doll. Fantastic people.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Rating: rosettes

Fantastic food, helpful staff and amazing view! Couldn't fault it if I tried
Monday, November 19, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Sandra White
Good is excellent and so are the staff, nothing is a bother to them and they are so pleasant.

Would highly recommend this pub
Monday, October 8, 2012
Rating: rosettes

Wooden Doll Pub/Restuarant
Wonderful atmosphere, superb food and service, and a view over the Tyne Estuary that's out of this world - the Wooden Doll is definitely at the top of my 'must visit again' list - highly recommended.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Rating: rosettes

The Woodern Doll has reoppend, It has new management but its better than ever. We went in for a meal last week and it was very tasty and lovely presentation. Would defo recomemend it. The bands are back on too every friday night and now a sunday afternoon from 5pm. My new home ha i love the place even more than i did before.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

liz and clive
where are they now
we tried to call the pub yesterday no luck drove around and were devastated to find it closed. a sad day for everyone after bill and carol put so much into it
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Rating: rosettes

What a pity about the doll, the licencees had just about got it right, EXCELLENT food, especially SUNDAY Lunch, a real good selection of well kept guest ales,a staff that actually looked smart in their uniforms and unusual in these modern times actually looked as if they wanted to be there. I must totally disagree with the post of SANDRA, if bands are the saviour of the doll WHY have the last 4or more managers not got it right, with the BANDS banging away, on up to three nights a week, bringing with them the general disorder and more odour from the smoke?? they tend to attract. NO Sandra bands are not the saviour of the DOLL. Good managers Like the NEWLOVES brought this fine pub from the ABYSS it was in. IT IS though, the GREEDY thoughtless Freehold/Breweries with their EXTORTINATE rents that are the ruination of this pub. NO doubt the next short term sacrificial MANAGER will come along armed with a cheap in, cheap out deal, then once again ruin what the NEWLOVES had put into the pub. All the best to the NEWLOVES, WHO THE **** IS MELLOR??
Friday, February 20, 2009
Rating: rosettes

I see the Wooden doll has been closed down! no surprise there to be honest. while the decor is nice the management decided not to continue with the Live Music, this to me is a tragic mistake and The Wooden Doll has always been known for live bands.
with regards to a previous owner (initial TM) Be warned DO NOT WORK FOR HIM/GO INTO BUSINESS WITH HIM, HE WILL I GUARANTEE IT RIP YOU OFF.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Rating: No rosettes

Friday, November 14, 2008
Rating: No rosettes

The WOODEN DOLL, has at last !!after several years of absolutely atrocious management has been taken over by BILL and CAROL (CAZ) to her friends, NEWLOVE. The pub has been given a top to toe refurb and is well and truly BACK Whilst the demize (sadly) of the Mag.bank continues in a downwards spiral the DOLL is flourishing. The new kitchen has been an inspiration to the pub as BILL and CAROL have many years in the trade and are both fine cooks, the kitchen is also complimented by the attentions of their young (Forever Smiling)daughter TRACY another fine cook.
The quality of the food is apparent by the queues of people waiting for their Sunday lunch as all good pub scranners like their sunday lunchtime treat.
BILL and CAROL being very experienced in good pub management skills take no prisoners if you step out of line and has developed a good, safe family orientated atmosphere.
BILL is an avid quizzie and runs a general knowledge quiz on Wednesdays 2100hrs and the specialist music quiz on Fridays 2130hrs. With good prizes on offer both days.
The doll is starting to put on good quality local music and the last visit I had, LIAM FENDER the excellent local singer songwriter was appearing and as usual his talent was obvious and from the heart. Carol and Tracy are well known for their SPECIAL song nights when all are welcome, if you can prise the mic from them!!
The new cellar is an obvious bonus as is the standard of real ales that have arrived with it, the selection of house and many fine guest ales is proof that the doll is BACK. The staff are very young eager to please and in the main very very smart (New Uniforms) and are in my opinion an asset in themselves.with their socialising skills coming to the fore.
I have no hesitation in making recommendation to the doll and that I will be back hopefully in the very near future for that special sunday scran with my pal and famous wordsmith Bob Peel.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Rating: rosettes

Getting there ...
It's taken a while, but the Doll is better than it has been at this time of year for a long while. Great selections of (Southern) real ales coming up, with sensible strengths -- summer beers in the summer what a novelty! Good food, reasonably priced too. Make sure you book on a Saturday at the moment.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Rating: rosettes

Its about time Wilf was out of The Wooden Doll, its such a shame he ruined its reputation before he left!!!
what a joke, this guy couldnt run a bath!!!!!
It is a shame to see the new refurb has left no space for bands as the previous (before wilf) landlords had built up a good reputation for hosting quality bands.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Rating: No rosettes

a great live venue on the doorstep
Back in the running for the best music pub in Shields, music for all most nights ..buskers nights, jam nights, rock, jazz and folk etc ..and the food is good too. I will be checking out the band listings
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Rating: rosettes

LIVE Music has returned to the DOLL on a nightly basis,check out the BAND LISTINGS at the DOLL OR in the WHITLEY BAY MESSENGER
Saturday, November 4, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Re MINESAPINT comments FRIDAY Sept. 08 2006. With the MAG Management changing you did say there is a PUB JUST as GOOD? I think that can now be BETTER!!
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Rating: rosettes

THE WOODEN DOLL is back and looks like it going from strength to strength. I hope it does last longer than 6 months though - I think it will.
ps. I go to both THE DOLL and MAG BANK and have no links other than eating, drinking and paying!
Friday, September 29, 2006
Rating: rosettes

In response to :MINESAPINT: I assure you I have no connection whatsoever to either Management or staff at the WOODEN DOLL, I am sure that the MANAGEMENT will be DELIGHTED with your comment of another venue being JUST AS GOOD as the DOLL.that venue being the MAG BANK, fine praise indeed the MAG being a very successful PUB over many years. I will pass your comments to the DOLL management and I am sure they will be gratefully received.
Friday, September 8, 2006
Rating: rosettes

By reading that last comment anyone would think that came from the management or staff !! Reads like an advert !!
Just like to add a comment - there is another venue just as good for live music and food and with a wine menu and thats the Mag Bank.
Best of luck to the doll, but the place has had that many people attempting to do the Mag out of trade and copy what they do that its going to take a hell of a long time to gain a reputation like the Mag has.
Sunday, September 3, 2006
Rating: rosettes

At last the doll is on its way back into the real world of PUB life and not a playground for the IMMATURE. What a transformation it actually has beers.lagers spirits and an excellent new wine list for its customers to purchase(WHAT A NOVELTY) The RE-BRANDED MEDITERRANEAN style restaurant LA-CASALINGA has been turned into a fine eatery and was absolutely chocker on the nights we visited BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment.The new management team of WILFand his executive CHEF and business partner TOM have well and truly dragged the BROKEN DOLL back from the ABYSS and can look forward to the accolades that are already once again being heaped upon this fine PUB/RESTAURANT THE WOODEN DOLL
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Still no idea!!
this pub has been subjected to a long succession of appaling operators, is by turning it into an italian restaurant still qualify if to be a pub??
Most publicans in North Shields give it 6 months with the current operators
Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Rating: No rosettes

j noble
lovely pub/restaurant,great atmoshere, lively music on weekends. it is under new managment and they have got it right, heard the last management ran it very badly before. staff are so friendly and made my family very welcome,food is truly magnificent so our compliments to the chef. about time there was a pub/restaurant worth visiting time and time again.the building has great views to offer and charming character,what more could you ask for?good luck wooden doll,and keep doing what your doing because it works.fantastic place to go.well done
Sunday, August 6, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Dave Elgie
This is a daytime pub. Dont bother at nights. Staff are just kids who have little idea of customer relations.
Occasional groups with live music for the heedbangers amongst you, but noisy, expensive and over-rated. Try the Porthole instead !!
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Correct Phone No
I have corrected the phone number - BestPubs
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Rating: No rosettes

Lovely pub with atmosphere and great food
I thoroughly enjoyed this pub, well recommended. The first telephone number is incorrect - but was answered by a fine gentleman, very friendly (same as many of the North Shields folk i met that evening)
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Rating: rosettes

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Wooden Doll
Hudson St
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE30 1JS

Contact:Wilf and Tom
Tel: 0191 258 5154
See Map


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