Poo Soup, Hairy Pie…

Cocks in Vans, etc.

Every now & then, someone gets in touch out of the blue, to say something that is just lovely. We’d just like to take a moment to thank everyone who ever supported us as we took on the world back in the day, in that special little Trent House Soul Bar 1984-2009.

You can read the full fascinating story of our 25 years at the Trent & how it helped us eventually become WHQ over in the History section.

Original Message –From:  Mick  – To: WHQ – Subject: New submission from Contact Us

You won’t remember me, I used to drink at the Trent House. Now living in the big smoke (30 years on!) Think I first discovered the pub about 1986. Just wanted to say thank you.

If it hadn’t been for you I think I’d have probably hung myself in despair. That’s how bad living in Newcastle was. Sure, there was other good pubs, Broken Doll, Barley Mow, etc. but none quite had the ethos of the Trent House.

The Trent House was not just a pub for me – it was a place of education. An education you certainly were not going to get elsewhere in Newcastle at the time. Thank you for opening my eyes at an early age (16-17 – yeah sorry underage I know!!) 

Thank you for providing a different path. Living in Newcastle at that time wasn’t easy. You made it much easier.
Mick

Original Message – From: WHQ  – To:   – Subject: New submission from Contact Us

Thanks so much for your kind words Mick.

Dunno if you’ve seen it, but we recently wrote up the history of all the last few decades on our website.

It goes on a bit, but it’s a pretty complete history.

Thanks again for your e mail.

Cheers, Tx.

Inspirational

Mick’s e mail inspired us to dig through a few old boxes & look what we turned up!

We’ll whack a load up when we get a mo, but in the meantime, here’s a few Trent Snaps & an image of one of our classic & properly daft…

(Readers voice: You surely you mean gifted & inspirational..?)

…Menu backs, to jog those memories & give you a good Old Skool rib tickle.

1. Cute snap from the late 80’s…

2. The Brady Bunch…

Fiona scaring everyone away…

Louise on the Bar…

5. Classic Trent lick – Gonna put this up on the wall of the Club soon…

6. The iconic Babies sign…

7. The full story of the Fuck Racism T-shirt is told over in the History section (the powers that ‘be’ weren’t happy at all.. Ha!)

8. Mother of all Bars slim fit ladies T-shirt…

9. Stevie & Ian on the back stairs…

Near the knuckle menu back…

We assume readers, that you like to laugh out loud..? You know, when something is just so funny that you just can’t contain yourself & it’s almost a shock..?!

We all love when that genuinely happens & readers, we guarantee you, it’s about to again…

Anyway, you just think about that, as we set the scene…

‘Doubt not the punchline, have patience, we are speaking here…’

We used to pride ourselves on our food & toasties in the Trent. Food on a lunchtime was a big deal in there & we were really good at it.

Obviously that in itself wasn’t enough to entertain us, so we had to add a bit of rascality (Editor’s note: not a real word but you get the drift)

We always used to do a double sided menu, with a front that was the real menu, worded properly & styled just like the back, which appears at the end of this riveting little yarn…

As you will shortly see & probably gather, unlike the front real side, the back as about far from being real as taking the piss could ever make anything……

We’d totally forgotten this existed..!!! But now it’s just turned up again, we vividly remember the looks on random people’s faces, when they would pick it up at lunchtime in the Bar… Hilarity meets horror..!!

Amazing what pops up from deep in the past, when we remix this website, having invested our entire lives in fun.

We would spend hours & hours & hours, usually relaxing (easy tiger..!) in the middle of the night. Discussing the flow & wording, as we laughed our heads off..!

(Editor’s note: Which we assume continued, as they made the obligatory trip to the all night garage..?)

Then leaving it & not looking at it for days, to give what we’d written time enough to see if it would honk, or we could live with it… It had to be ‘laugh out loud’ funny. Nothing less would do, we couldn’t possibly settle for second best.

Then it was time for hours & hours & hours of re-tweaks, laying it all out & making sure the humour & writing was smack on the money – Super tight!

A classic example of what you can achieve working with Anthony Lynch (see History section).

Honestly, we had proper game & some bliddly nerve & this was one of many examples of us properly nailing it…

It was from around the time when Mike Ashley decided to hire Dennis Wise @ NUFC.

Dunno how well you’ll see it if you are on a phone, but it’s worth enlarging, that’s for sure..!!

Yeah man…!!! Pure, pure, pure skills. High 5’s, kisses, fireworks & a nail with a bandage on his head…!!

Some people might think that pissing about doing that kinda thing, basing your entire lives around music & daft jokes is a waste…

Well guess what..? We don’t.

We did a new one each year & got it to the point where we were able to drop words like ‘mephitic’ & ‘scrofulent’ (Readers voice: Eh..?!) into the mix… Confused..?

Well you can can google them – That can be your homework…

The Trent House 1984 -2009. Absolute proof if it ever was needed, that quality never goes out of style x.