Centurion Bar Burmantofts – Newcastle Central Station (1893)

Centurion Bar Burmantofts - Newcastle Central Station (1893)

This place can take your breath away the first time you see it. Originally the First Class Waiting Room at Central Station, later inhabited by the British Transport Police, now the Centurion Bar in Newcastle Central Station.

In 1893 the railway company decorated the room with specially commissioned, hand made Burmantofts tiles which were very expensive and not usually used in public buildings. The tiles are now reputedly worth millions.

This wonderful decor disappeared, albeit temporarily, when the British Transport Police moved into the building and painted over the tiles with a garish shade of red. The room is now restored to its original splendour, and has the stunning interior pictured.