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Voting is Now Open online, August 27th, and closes September 27th.
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Thanks to everyone for their outstanding Support!

It Takes a Village

Published via Durham Tourism’s Downtowns of Durham Series, July 21st, 2020: 

It Takes a Village to Support a Restaurant: The Old Newcastle House 11 Years Later

 

It’s a new era, and we’re all learning to navigate differently in 2020, as never before. There have been economic ups and downs in the past, but nothing like Covid. The Old Newcastle House has been in business since 2009 and celebrating that 10th Anniversary Milestone was a proud time for our team in 2019, but no one saw this year coming. No one anticipated the scale and scope of challenges that were to start our 11th year in business at the east end of Clarington.

It truly does take a Village to support an independent restaurant, in a rather small hamlet, during a Global Pandemic. We asked, and our customers responded. We made fast, and radical changes to our services literally overnight, after our sudden closure of March 17th. On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, which could be the biggest day of the year for an Ontario Pub, we had to suddenly close.

We’re fortunate here in our location, in an old converted two storey 1900’s house with a front yard and back porch, to be able to accommodate the new regulations and restrictions and keep on functioning. Out of the range of most delivery companies, we had to rely on our new Back Window Pickup, safe non-contact payment options, and the ability for our customers to come to us for their orders, waiting patiently, in all weather, just to enjoy our fare, and that was amazing!

We had great kindnesses shown to us, and a skeleton team of staff witnessed the way a village can come together in hard times.

Some examples of kindness, a hand painted sign, and small rocks that were left at our gates, thanking us for staying open during Covid, what a great feeling is to know how your community is willing to rally. Another outstanding example of the support we received is our customer, Cliff, who regularly placed an order with us, but even when not ordering, still gave a financial donation to our staff, very generously, and we were so touched by this gesture.

Our local Clarington Board of Trade in Bowmanville set up new Online Gift Certificate purchases for local merchants, to help us boost sales, and our local Clarington Tourism office set up an online directory for people researching the area to find us easily. We participated in the new Canada Takeout Day initiative, and were using every tool in the social media box to spread the word that we were still open, and it worked! Our customers shared, and invited new people to visit, they gave us extra great compliments to keep spirits high! We had local businesses shouting out about us, and we gave back where we could, donating some food and comfort to those who really needed it.

We were also able to reopen our new addition from 2019, the Newcastle Dairy Ice Cream Trailer, and scoop out some much-needed sweet treats!

Is it nice to have our team wear a mask or face shield all day long? No, but it is necessary to keep everyone safer. We set up a contactless payment system, and a new contactless menu system. We hope to see a time in the near future when we can restart indoors, in whatever scenario ‘normal’ will look like, in the times we’re facing.

What can we say about the past 11 years in business? It was worth every great day, and every challenging day. We meet the nicest people from all over Ontario, and know someday soon our big hearted pub will pick up where we left off months ago, with Live Music nights, lively groups of happy people celebrating their milestone events, sports playing on the big screens, and a fire going in the sunroom on cool days. We support local suppliers, and we help to keep people employed in our community. We give wherever we can to local causes and charities, and we think all that has come back to us in recent months.

Until things all go back to normal, we’re digging in and sticking around, taking it one day at a time. Come on over to see us at 119 King Avenue West, in the Village of Newcastle. We are located about 1 hour from Toronto and 30 minutes from Cobourg, off the Mill St. Exit of the 401.

Follow us on Social Media for new updates, and Visit the Old Newcastle House online at www.oldnewcastlehouse.com. We look forward to meeting you for the first time, or, seeing you again after a long time!

Kevin Adams,
The Old Newcastle House Taps & Grill

As Seen On TV – The Old Newcastle House Goes Global

July 12th, 2020 was an exciting day for The Old Newcastle House! A film crew came out to shoot an episode of The Global Barber, with our neighbours up the street at the Refinery Salon & Barber, and, we welcomed the crew for dinner afterward on the Patio!

The episode will aired in the late fall of 2020 on City TV and OLN. Thank you to the Global Barber for the opportunity to be featured!

 

Watch the show trailer for our Newcastle Episode online at:

 

Sister ‘Newcastle Houses’ in the United Kingdom!

We had a great chat with a new friend in the UK in the Spring of 2020, looking up ‘Newcastle House’ on Google, and coming across us on the World Wide Web recently. Ian Young from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, sent us these great images of other Newcastle Houses overseas! Ian is an amateur photographer, researching the history of pubs and enjoying photography of these stately old gems in the British countryside.

Supporting Local during Covid-19

We’ve seen some incredible examples of giving and support during Covid-19, and we have one to share with you…We’re sending out a Big Thank You to our customer, Cliff Cooper, for your outstanding support for us at The Old Newcastle House, consistently ordering Take-Out, and sometimes just giving generously with NO ORDER AT ALL, during Covid-19, We Thank You!
It’s people like Cliff that bring a smile right to your ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

 

Sending some cool treats out to the folks at Marnwood Life Care Center in Bowmanville called for the Captain of Ice Creams, Captain Cyclone! A big tub of Central Smith Creamery Ice Cream was donated by the Old Newcastle House, and enjoyed by all!
Captain Cyclone will put a smile on your face, with a bright and happy triple blend of lemon, bubblegum and strawberry flavours!
It’s nice to see they enjoyed it, and a good way to give back to those who really need a treat!

 

We had a nice Hidden Rock Surprise at the ice cream trailer, how ‘cool’ is this ice cream shaped rock sent to Newcastle Dairy Ice Cream, thanks to whoever left that for us in the early days of Spring.
It’s just another reason we say, ‘NEWCASTLE ROCKS!’

 

Some special friends at our local Rona Hardware in Newcastle were the recipients of a great lunch from The Old Newcastle House in the early days of Covid-19. The staff of Rona are always there for our community’s support, so giving back was an easy choice. The team enjoyed burgers, fries, chicken and Caesar salad for lunch!

 

We sent out a Special Thank You Lunch On Us, from The Old Newcastle House, to our hardworking friends over at the Beer Store Distribution Centre, in Whitby Ontario!
35 hungry staff were happy to receive Chicken Wings, Chicken Fingers, Cheese Sticks, Caesar Salad, dips & sauces!
Perry Robidoux, our Rep. from Labatt Breweries of Canada, reached out to The Old Newcastle House Taps and Grill, and asked what can we do to help the Beer Store Distribution Center, to their team working through this crisis…They send beer to every grocery store, bar, restaurant and outlet across Southern Ontario! We were happy to help out in this time of need, and the beer needs to flow, regardless of the situation! Thank you for all that you do, Day In, and Day Out, from Labatt Breweries of Canada, and your friends at The Old Newcastle House!

2019

Christmas 2019, Sponsoring the Newcastle Lions Club Festival of Trees & Wreaths Nov. 15th – Dec. 15th

We’re always happy to support our local Newcastle Santa Parade and be a sponsor, donating a tree for the Newcastle Lions Club Festival of Trees and Wreaths.

 

Winter Wonderlights Annual Hall Tree Lighting, Nov. 15th

It was a great night for the Town Hall Lighting on Friday, November 15th in the Village of Newcastle! We were busy handing out hot chocolate and candy canes for the visitors and getting into the Christmas Spirit! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to partake in the festivities!

 Giving Back: Handbags for Hospice Fundraiser, November 2019

We were happy to help support the new Clarington Hospice project and donate wine for the participants of the Handbags for Hospice Event in November 2019. Funds raised go to building the needed funds to build the Durham Region Hospice with 5 beds being built for Newcastle in the near future.

 

Supporting Local; The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington Annual Food, Wine & Beer Festival 2019

The Old Newcastle House is happy to support this outstanding organization each year, and showcases our summer menu with a sampling, and this year’s stone fruit salad was a great hit! Chef Tony served up this new salad and we were able to raise an additional $130 for the BBBS Clarington, who support 500 of our local youth all through the year with outstanding volunteers. We’re happy to sell tickets for the event each year and make it easier for visitors to attend.

Thank you to everyone who came out to visit and stopped by our table to say hello!

Newfie Kitchen Party Fundraiser Generates $2000 for the Durham Region Hospice

March 2019

We were happy to be able to present Durham Region Hospice (Clarington) with a cheque for $2000, following the Newfie Kitchen Fundraiser held earlier this year.

 

We’re always ready to help out the community in Newcastle, and the Newfie Kitchen Fundraiser truly was a great way to start building a connection with local residents, that working together, the new Hospice will become a reality. Organizer Donna M. was thrilled to receive the donation, given during the most recent fundraiser held at The Massey House Restaurant. Organizer of the Kitchen Party, Lloyd Johnston, provided the entertainment and kept the crowd entertained once again while guests enjoyed the fantastic turkey dinner.

Kevin Adams, Owner, The Old Newcastle House Taps & Grill
Jill Richardson, Volunteer Coordinator, Durham Region Hospice (Clarington)
Lloyd Johnston, Volunteer, Coordinator for The Newfie Kitchen Party Fundraisers
Jeff Marchant, Owner, Marchant Custom Builds & Contracting

 

Organizer Jill Richardson, who founded the group currently responsible for seeing the Hospice come to Clarington over 5 years ago, is so happy to be seeing this kind of progress and for the community to come together as it has.

We look forward to hosting the new Kitchen Party Fundraiser on the Patio at The Old Newcastle House in the Summer of 2019. Stay tuned for our announcement, and get your tickets early as it sells out quickly!

To make a donation online, visit the Durham Hospice Website at: https://durhamregionhospice.ca/

Clarington Tourism Brews and Bites Campaign with The Old Newcastle House!

When the weather drives us indoors just about every day,  why not make the most of it and take yourself out for a Brew and A Bite! Clarington Tourism is featured The Old Newcastle House Taps & Grill and local craft brewer, Chronicle Brewing Co.  Come out and see what pairs with this excellent local #CraftBeer!

The Old Newcastle House in the Community in Clarington: Working together for a better Newcastle!

We know the challenges of keeping our community strong, and we are happy to support many local groups as part of our efforts to give back each year, for great causes here in Newcastle.

We thank the hardworking volunteers for their time and commitment to organizing events, and raising money for those in need locally. We have contributed funds, sponsored individuals, and continue to give. This far we have donated over $20,000 to various causes.

 

Since 2009, The Old Newcastle House has supported the following organizations in recognition of their great work here in Clarington:

  • Newcastle Lions Club
  • Newcastle Horticultural Society
  • Newcastle Colts Soccer Club
  • Newcastle Public School
  • St. Francis of Assisi School
  • Clarke High School
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington
  • MS Society of Canada
  • The Federation of Anglers & Hunters
  • The Newcastle Santa Claus Parade
  • The Newcastle Canada Day Celebration
  • Newcastles of the World Ontario 2016
  • Newcastle Chamber of Commerce

To inquire about contributions to local causes, please email us at: onhinquiries@gmail.com