Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Harry Clasper in Whickham
Harry Clasper is a Wetherspoon pub in Whickham, Gateshead, which opened last year in the former Whickham Council offices. The building has a sentimental connection for me. My great grandfather, Henry Wallace, was the first chairman of Whickham Urban District Council at the end of the Victorian period though he died just before the building was occupied by the council in 1901. When Whickham UDC was abolished in 1974, Gateshead Council took it over. It became surplus to requirements a few years ago, hence its new guise as a pub.
Wetherspoons have done a good job with converting the building. The choice of name is popular as well. Harry Clasper was a local lad who went on to be a world champion rower.
I visited the pub recently for lunch. As it's a Wetherspoons outlet, the food is competitively priced and not bad.
I had the burger and chips.