A friendly welcome awaits you at this traditional, largely unaltered, street-corner local. which sits in somewhat of a time warp. Largely frequented by men, and where conversation is not necessarily for the faint-hearted, to put it mildly. The quiz master can also easily offend, raising more than the odd eyebrow. However, despite this, the beer is good, while the pub is ideally situated close to the bus station and the Northern Rail/Grand Central railway station, and with easy access to Hartlepool United football ground and the thriving marina area. There are two busy bars, one for convivial conversation, the second for pool and darts. Three handpumps serve over 100 different premium beers annually, sourced from throughout the country. Sales and turnover of real ciders are increasing. Afternoon teas and Sunday lunches can be provided by prior arrangement.