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Newport Pub Map

My guide to pubs in Newport (Casnewydd)

In 2021 I realised that I had been a little remiss in both using and promoting the pubs in my home city.

The former I rectified with regular Thursday evening visits inbetween lockdowns and have carried on through 2022.

The latter will be rectified here with a handy point-and-click guide to the pubs which I think are worth popping into should you ever have a spare hour or so on your way to Cardiff or Bristol.

 

The Map
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The Key Telephone
number
Cask beer
available
Live sport
shown
Car parking
facilities
Street
address
Website /
social media
Food
served
 
Outside seating
area
Walking route from
Newport Station

The List

A Ridgeway Bar & Bistro
Sleek and sophisticated

Ridgeway Avenue, Newport
NP20 5AJ

01633
266053

attheridgeway.com

No

Yes - Sharps + guests

Yes

Yes - including marquee/gazebo

Dedicated car park + plenty on surrounding streets

Walk up Godfrey Road past the Civic Centre. At the top of the hill, go left onto Fields Road, carry on up Edward VII Avenue past the posh houses. Go over the junction, pub is opposite shop / hairdressers
0.7 miles / 15 min

B Hand Post Hotel
Chain hostelry

Risca Road
Newport NP20 4HX

01633
264502

thehandpost.co.uk/

Facebook

Yes - Sky & BT

Yes - Greene King house

Yes

Enclosed beer garden out back

Small car park. Check local streets

From rear exit (platform 4): From Clytha Park Road, go left up Caerau Road. When your legs start getting tired bear right onto Caerau Crescent, keep going, pub by traffic lights.
0.8 miles / 18 min

 

C Cellar Door
Award winning micropub

Clytha Park Road
Newport NP20 4NZ

07930
857897

Facebook

No

Yes - usually independent Welsh or south West brewers + real cider

Snacks

Small enclosed smoking area out back

No

Exit rear of station. Turn left. Pub is a few doors up from Tesco, opposite chip shop / pizza shop.
0.3 miles / 5 min
 

D Red Lion
CAMRA GBG regular with a log fire

Stow Hill / Charles St
Newport NP20 1JH

01633
961438

TripAdvisor

Yes

Yes - rotation of guests (Former GBG regular)

Snacks

Roadside enclosed area

No

From main exit: cross Queensway and walk into town. Carry on through city centre until you reach TSB on your right. Turn right and head up Charles Street. Pub at top of hill.
0.5 miles / 10 min

 

E The Alexandra Inn
Converted high street bank

Commercial Street
Newport NP20 1SS

01633
376721

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Yes - Sky & BT

Yes - Rhymmey beers,
three cask pumps

Snacks

No

No

From main exit: cross Queensway and walk into town. Pub is opposite Boots
0.3 miles / 7 min
 

F Pen &Wig
Ale heaven from JW Bassett

Stow Hill, Newport
 

01633
666818

JW Pubs - Pen & Wig

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Yes - Sky & BT

Yes - Bass plus multiple guests

Yes

Yes - enclosed beer
garden / sun terrace at
rear

No

From main exit: cross Queensway and walk into town. Turn right at HSBC and head up the hill. Pub is opposite the Catholic Church
0.3 miles / 6 min
 

G The Lamb
Forgotten gem long overdue some TLC

Bridge Street, Newport
NP20 4AL

01633
255200

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Yes - FTA only for now

Yes - four pumps

Planned

Small streetside
smoking area

No

From main exit: cross Queensway and walk into town. Lamb located just before you reach the HSBC / NatWest bank conurbation.
0.2 miles / 3 min
 

H Hogarths Gin Palace
Spacious for sport

High Street, Newport
NP20 4AL

01633
212777

Hogarths.co.uk

Yes - Sky, BT & popular for horse racing

Yes - usually Directors

Snacks

No

No

From main exit: cross Queensway and walk into town. Turn left at NatWest bank, go past McDonalds. Hogarths on left. Exit also available onto Cambrian Road
0.3 miles / 5 min
 

I Ye Olde Murenger House
Historical icon

High Street, Newport
NP20 1GA

01633
212777

Humph doesn't believe in this new fangled nonsense

It's a Sam Smith's House, what do you think?

Yes - Sam Smith's Old Brewery Bitter

Yes plus snacks

Small smoking area out front

No, not even for horses

Take main exit, walk alongside taxi rank to left. Cross to Cambrian Road from opposite "Information Station" building, bear left and snake round behind the hotel past the car park exit. Pub on right.
0.2 miles / 4 min
 

J Carpenters
Everything you need

High Street, Newport
NP20 1FQ

01633
265444

JW Pubs - Carpenters

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Yes - Sky, BT and Premier

Yes - Three pumps serving Felinfoel ales

Yes (prepared at sister pub Pen & Wig)

Small smoking area out front

No, although it's next to the NCP

Take main exit, walk alongside taxi rank to left. Cross to Cambrian Road from opposite "Information Station" building, bear left and snake round behind the hotel past the car park exit. Pub straight in front of you
0.2 miles / 4 min
 

K Le Pub / Le Public Space
Alternative vibes

High Street, Newport
NP20 1FW

01633
212777

Le Public Space

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No

No - although large selection of smallpack & keg craft including AF

Yes - and bar snacks

Small smoking area out front

No

Take main exit, walk alongside taxi rank to left. Cross to Cambrian Road from opposite "Information Station" building, bear left and snake round behind the hotel past the car park exit. Pub straight in front of you
0.2 miles / 4 min
 

L The Academy, Newport Indoor Market
All under one (refurbished) roof

High Street, Newport
NP20 1FX

No - web contact only, see "contact us" page on website

Academy Coffee

Market website

No

No - keg lager and IPA only plus cans & bottles

Part of Food Court - food bought from other vendors can be consumed at bar

No

Not dedicated but plenty in the city centre

From main exit: cross Queensway and walk into town. Turn left at NatWest bank. Market building to your right
0.4 miles / 7 min
 

M Cross Keys
Pool tables & snugs

Market Street, Newport
NP20 1FU

01633
254736

Facebook

Yes - Sky & BT

No

Snacks

No

No

From main exit: cross Queensway and walk into town. Turn left at NatWest bank, go past McDonalds. Keep going past the market and turn right at Tiny Rebel towards bus station
0.4 miles / 7 min
 

N The Pod
Budvar on tap

Rodney Road, Newport
NP19 0AP

01633
535440

The Pod

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No

No - but they do serve Budvar on tap

Yes - including street food and pizzas

Yes including self-contained party pods for hire

Limited - check local street restrictions

Walk along Queensway past taxi rank to left. Cross at crossing, bear left and snake round behind the hotel. Bear left past Carpenters and  bear right and head down into subway. Take right hand subway and cross river. Pod on right.
0.9 miles / 19 min
 

O Weird Dad Taproom (aka the Filling Station)
Nano brewery taphouse

Caerleon Road, Newport
NP19 7BU

No

Weird Dad Brewing

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Occasionally - FTA only (such as Six Nations)

Yes - two cask pumps

No but there's some damn fine kebab shops and pizzerias near by

No

No but there should be plenty of street parking near

Walk alongside Queensway to left past taxi rank. Cross at crossing, bear left and snake round behind the hotel. Go left past Carpenters, bear right and head down into subway. Take left hand subway at train mosaic and cross river. Keep going past Cenotaph. Pub on left.
0.9 miles / 19 min
 

P John Wallace Linton
J D W

Cambrian Road, Newport
NP20 4AD

01633
251752

Wetherspoons.co.uk

Free to air events only
(BBC / ITV etc)

Yes - it's a Spoons

Yes - it's a Spoons

Yes

No although it is built underneath a car park

Take main exit, walk alongside taxi rank to left. Cross at crossing, go straight on, pub immediately on right
0.2 miles / 4 min
 

Q The Potters
Everything under one roof terrace

Upper Dock St, Newport
NP20 1DL

01633
251752

Potters Pub

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Yes - Sky & BT

Yes (Molson Coors)

Yes - booking recommended for Sunday lunches

Yes - limited

No

From main exit: cross Queensway and walk into town. Turn right at HSBC and head down Commercial Road. At Sports Direct / Barclays, turn left. Potters on corner to your right
0.4 miles / 7 min
 

R Riverside Bar
Castle views and classic brews

Clarence Place, Newport NP19 7AB

TBC

Twitter

Yes

No

Snacks

Yes - small riverfront seating area with views of bridge & castle

Not dedicated but there's nearby street parking

Walk alongside Queensway to left past taxi rank. Cross at crossing, bear left and snake round behind the hotel. Go left past Carpenters, bear right and head down into subway. Take left hand subway at train mosaic and cross river. Pub on left just off bridge.
0.7 miles / 15 min

5 comments:

Brew Wales said...

Lamb has been closed for sometime, at least by the look of the hefty padlock on the front door, shame Admiral Taverns spent a lot refurbishing it a few years ago and it was free of any beer tie, unfortunately the tenant sold the lease on to a succession of clueless incomers who ruined all the hard work he had put in. Windsor Castle missing, though that's no loss, the owners have managed to drive all their trade away. Don't forget the Riverside, opposite The Pod, a great view of the Castle but not much else

Michael said...

Ah the Lamb was open last time I walked past - perhaps they had a temporary Christmas thing. I will update with a "may not be open" tag when I get five minutes.

Haven't been in the Windsor for years, will pop back soon and add it to the list if I like what I see - I don't know enough about it to recommend it to outside visitors at the mo

Riverside is closed but there's a "do you want to run this pub" banner on the railings outside so perhaps it will get new owners soon.

Rhys Wynne said...

I excitedly followed a link here from the Boak and Bailey blog and initially thought "Oh, it's nothing more than a fancy list", but after more careful reading I saw your comments, the parking info the Mullinger being my favourite.

Despite living in Cardiff over 20 years, I rarely venture to Newport, which I should certainly rectify. I'm a groundhopper (ticks off footy grounds) not a GBG ticker, but it's a bit rude visiting a new town/ground and not sampling the local pubs as well, so this guide will be very handy. Diolch.

Michael said...

Well thank you. Always appreciate good feedback. Newport is ready willing and waiting to welcome you. T'in croeso.

Rhys Wynne said...

I ventured to Rodney Parade again on Friday, which also meant a chance to use the trusty Casknewydd guide. I purposely didn't DM you on Twitter as I saw you were trying, and succeeding, to have a few weeks' abstinence, in beer terms. Despite loving the beer and the vibe at the Weird Dad taproom I didn't go back as I was in the last days of my 90-day post-COVID antibody invincibility and I wanted to check other places out. I'd visited Le Pub last time—a huge space and totally dead at around 6pm, which is handy if you're hungry (although food is served in disposable cardboard boxes with wooden cutlery) or want a game of pool, but I wasn't fussed on the beer choice.

This time I shot off the train and went straight to the Pen & Wig, beating the post-work rush which last time meant a non-moving queue from the bar to the door and a sharp exit by me. Prior to this visit I'd also seen on their FB page that there was a beer garden, which was o decent size and nice and calm at 5pm, where I enjoyed my Bass. I'd certainly go back as the beer choice was massive!

I then walked out of town a bit to Cellar Door. This is probably the microest of micro pubs I've been to, and it was rammed. I squeezed my way to the bar and ordered half a Milk Stout, and drank it in the small garden outside. Although the three women chatting there were welcoming, I did feel that I'd gate crashed them a bit.

I'd looked on the FB pages of the pubs above that served real ale, and opted for Alexandra for my last stop before the match. I've been to other Rhymney Brewery pubs in Pontypridd and Roath and liked the beer, the prices and the couldn't-give-a-shit approach to d├ęcor. This place looked a bit flasher in the pics on FB, and look more spacious than it is in reality and it looked a little bit more worn after the refit I think. With loud music blearing before 7pm and a massive but friendly looking Himalyan sheepdog type creature scrambling about chasing a ball that a customer kept throwing around for it, I went for another half as I didn't want to linger. I also ordered a packet of overpowering salt 'n vinegar Tavern crisps (the company also sell chocolate, nuts and....disinfectant!), so I couldn't taste the beer at all—must stick to ready salted from now on.

Sorry if I've rather taken over the comments section with this review, please feel free to delete if you feel it detracts to the page, but just wanted to share my two bobs' worth. A lady who works at my green grocers is from and lives in Newport and says she'll only go out in Cardiff, but in all the pubs I've visited so far all the staff and fellow customers have been lovely.