THE Mermaid’s Head, a no-frills Wearside boozer that specialises in delivering a proper hiding, has been named the nation’s best fighting pub by the Guardian.
The pub, in the fashionably edgy Marley Potts district, was chosen from over 500 of the roughest hostelries in the UK.
It was praised for its atmosphere of funky, seventies-style hostility, perfectly executed headlocks and an authentically grim car park, ideal for five-a-side brawling.
Guardian food writer Julian Cook said: “Gastropubs with their tedious micro-breweries and tiresomely eclectic menus have become as predictable as visiting a Harvester.
“We were searching for a British institution, the kind of pub where the locals have complicated relationships of aggression with each other but will nonetheless come together to fuck up a complete stranger.
“The Mermaid has everything – from the barking pitbulls on the flat roof to entering the toilet and waking up in A&E six days later.”
Tom Logan, proprietor of The Mermaid’s Head said: “We don’t serve food, we don’t serve coffee and we don’t serve gypsies. Do you want to make something of it?”