Great pubs to visit in Newport

If you are coming to stay in Newport with Propertri we recommend visiting one of these pubs. There’s a great mix of different types of pubs to experience from 15th-century pubs to modern craft brewers. There are places with plenty of outside space for when the sun shining. All of the pubs here have been chosen for offering quality beers, nice food, a great atmosphere and friendly staff.

The Potters

The Potters on Upper Dock Street has a rooftop beer garden where you can enjoy cocktails or a beer after a shopping trip to Friars Walk. The food is always good value for money, well cooked and tasty. There’s live music too – perfect for the summertime.

Where to find it: 22-24 Upper Dock Street

The Potters in Newport
The Potters

Man of Gwent

The Man of Gwent on Newport Road is renowned for big portions of delicious food and their friendly bar staff. Families are made to feel welcome so bring the kids. This is the place to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or just call in. Superb service from attentive staff.

Where to find it: Chepstow Road

Man of Gwent in Newport
Man of Gwent

Pen & Wig

The Pen & Wig features a spacious outside area with a laidback atmosphere. Expect prompt service from the friendly bar team. Dogs are welcome, drinks are reasonably priced. If you want to guarantee a table, make sure you book as it gets busy. 

Where to find it: 22-24 Stow Hill

Pen & Wig in Newport
Pen & Wig

Ye Olde Murenger House

Ye Olde Murenger House has been on the High Street since the 16th century and it’s still one of eth best pubs in the city centre. Like most Sam Smith’s pubs, this is an old fashioned boozer with loads of character. Travel back in time, enjoy fine ales, relax.

Where to find it: 52-53 High Street

Ye Olde Murenger House in Newport
Ye Olde Murenger House

Tiny Rebel Brewery

The Tiny Rebel Brewery is an award-winning brewery in Newport City Centre. This place is a hive of activity partly due to the perfect location close to the train station, bus station and taxi ranks but mostly due to quality craft beers including the Champion Beer of Britain.

Where to find it: 22-23 High Street

Tiny Rebel Brewery in Newport
Tiny Rebel Brewery

St Julian Inn

If you are looking for drinks with a view the St Julian Inn is the place to go especially when the sun is shining. There is a balcony overlooking with outside seating area overlooking the river Usk. Expect local ales, great pub food and live music on a Friday afternoon.

Where to find it: Caerleon Road, NP18

St Julian Inn in Newport
St Julian Inn

The Red Lion

Looking for traditional Welsh pub food? This is the place. Try the faggots, peas and mash with gravy. If you are staying in our Newport accommodation, you can walk to Caerleon along the river Usk or jump on the bus – it’s a 15-minute journey. You’ll find the Red Lion in the CAMRA guide so you can expect to find good quality real ales when you get there.

Where to find it: Backhall Street, Caerleon

The Red Lion in Caerleon
The Red Lion

The Dragonfly

The Dragonfly was renovated a few years ago to restore the pub to its former glory. It’s just off the M4 so a great place to stop for lunch when heading in or out of Newport. You can book a table online to enjoy a fantastic Sunday roast with perfectly cooked veg and tender meat.

Where to find it: Lakeside Drive, Duffryn

The Dragonfly in Newport
The Dragonfly

Ye Olde Bull Inn

Another pub to visit if you are heading out to Caerleon, find it on the high street. Ye Olde Bull Inn dates back to the 15th century so it has a fascinating history and it’s full of character. A great selection of drinks – enjoy real ales, a glass of Pinot Grigio, a nice gin and tonic, whatever takes your fancy.

Where to find it: High Street, Caerleon

Ye Olde Bull Inn in Caerleon

Proud to sponsor SDR Progression

We’re proud to announce that Propertri has made a donation to SDR Progression. SDR Progression is a very special organisation that works with children with cerebral palsy to improve their mobility using strength and conditioning exercises. 

SDR Progression is seeking to help raise awareness of cerebral palsy through their social media platform, associated charities and affiliates’ involvement and focus on rehabilitating the children and adults affected by this condition. Their aim is to make their clients feel included and to maintain a level of normality in their day to day lives and to feel a part of the SDR Progression family.

Our donation will go towards the production of a ‘one off’ special edition T-shirt for each SDR Progression client. This T-shirt will have the SDR Progression logo on the front, plus a logo from each of their affiliates, including Propertri, on the reverse. 

SDR Progression clients have loved wearing logoed T-shirts, which they wear for charity events and on their own social media. To do this they need help from sponsors to help create the T-shirts.

Part of the funds will also go towards providing a uniform, which Drew Walcott, the owner of SDR Progression will wear daily and, as a result, be seen on all videos and images posted by him and clients. 

If you would also like to make a donation contact the team at Propertri or head over to the SDR Progression website.

10 great places to eat in Newport

Next time you are looking for accommodation in Newport make sure you explore some of these places to eat. While it may not have the centuries-old food traditions of Paris or Rome, Newport does have a bustling population of people who love to eat well. All the major chains are present but more importantly, there is a growing group of independently run eateries that are quickly turning Newport into a destination that is more than worth the short trip to Wales. Here are some of the shining stars you will want to try on your next visit.

Junction 28

Considered by many foodies to be a must-visit in the Newport area, Junction 28 is housed in a converted train depot complete with dining cars. Large, airy and very comfortable, in a traditional sense, it offers a frequently updated menu with the only constants being delicious food and superlative service. Of special note are the pan-seared scallops served with sautéed wild mushrooms and smoked salmon with capers. Both are worth a special trip when available.

junction 28 in Newport

Monusk Tapas

Located along the river, Monusk Tapas pays homage to the sailing ships that once ploughed the seas off the Iberian Peninsula and called Newport home. Their menu features a wide variety of tapas, pintxos and brunch dishes that run the range from local favourites like lamb chops to offerings with more of a Spanish and Portuguese flavour. What Monusk Tapas is best known for is its extensive wine and ale lists which includes in house brews.

Vittorio’s

At the top of Stow Hill, across from the Newport Cathedral of St. Woolos, Vittorio’s is a favourite among Newport locals. Though the restaurant itself has a thoroughly modern feel, the food is steeped in tradition. Operated by the same family for over thirty years it serves classic Italian fare mixed with the latest creations from their head chef. Surprisingly economical considering the quality and quantity of the portions they place before you.

Ridgeway Bistro Bar

Comfortable surroundings, top-shelf beverages and tasty classic bistro-style food done with a modern flair. It is little wonder that among Newport’s resident foodies that the Ridgeway Bistro Bar is a favourite gathering place. Offering breakfast and a special Sunday Roast, The Ridgeway is best known for its 7 hour braised beef brisket, slow-cooked pork belly, roasted chicken and braised Caribbean short ribs. Located on Ridgeway Avenue.

Meat Bar and Grill

Founded in 2009 on Newport’s rather bohemian Clytha Park Road, Meat was originally dedicated to serving the most delicious and original burgers to be found anywhere and that is exactly what they did. Building on that original success Meat now offers a wide variety of tasty and creative specials including offerings specifically intended to be veggie and vegan friendly. If you enjoy classics recreated into modern works of art then definitely visit Meat while in Newport.

burger from meat bar & grill in newport

The Rib Smokehouse & Grill

Located at The Coldra Court Hotel a short drive from the Celtic Manor Resort, The Rib Smokehouse & Grill offers a blending of traditional English dishes and Creole favourites from Louisiana in the Sothern United States the majority of which share one secret ingredient. They are cooked in hickory burning wood-fired smoking ovens. While they do offer vegan dishes that are quite tasty the star of the menu is their succulent slow-smoked ribs prepared with their signature rub.

Mamma Linas

A multi-award-winning restaurant in Rogerstone-Newport, Mamma Linas does one thing and does it in exemplary fashion, it serves classic Italian cuisine that will make you think you are in Milan, Bologna or perhaps Naples. Family owned and operated its menu is comprised of recipes passed down for generations. From pasta to pizza, from Antipasto to Zuppa del Giorno there isn’t a dish served at Mamma Linas that wouldn’t make a Micheline Star chef proud.

The Pod

The Pod bills itself as the home of “Street Food at Its Best” and they may just be telling the truth. The Pod offers one the widest assortments of craft beers and cocktails in Newport and their innovative takes on such items as chips, burgers, chicken wings, burritos and other street foods makes the perfect accompaniments to enjoy alongside them. Of special note by Newport foodies are The Pods ‘Waffle Me Up’ wings and ‘Mac Daddy’ steak sandwich.

Falafilo Island

For a touch of the Middle East in Newport, you can visit Falafilo Island on the city’s High Street. Featuring a wide variety of Syrian, Kurdish and Lebanese dishes as well as homemade desserts, shisha and Turkish coffee all that is missing is sand and camels to make the experience complete. As you would expect meals here are a little pricier than some places but well worth every penny.

Gem42

The home of art cuisine in Newport can be found on Bridge Street in the guise of Gem42. Dedicated to creating an entirely new dining experience, Gem42 serves marvellous Italian cuisine with a twist that goes way beyond just flavour or the addition of new and exciting ingredients. Sounds and even smells are utilized during the meal to satisfy all five senses.

Things to do in Newport

Newport is an absolute gem of a city on the beautiful River Usk. Stacked with that legendary Welsh pride and centuries of success as a coal port, an industrial behemoth and oddly connected to stars such as The Clash’s Joe Strummer, actor Anthony Hopkins and even Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Newport has a whole lot of culture going on.

Not at all new, Newport grew from the historic Roman fort Caerleon to become a contemporary city with a vibrant art scene and edgy politics. Add to that the golf courses, the rolling Welsh countryside and the nation’s capital, Cardiff, just 12 miles away, the question really is how quickly can you get here?

Add one more day to your stay in one of our serviced apartments because you’re going to need it. 

The big five things to do

Search for top things to do in Newport, and you’ll get the big five: the immersive experiences of Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths (get the app for added treasures); Caerleon Amphitheatre, which, legend has it, is King Arthur’s Round Table; the peaceful Fourteen Locks; bird spotting, walking and general out-siding at RSPB Newport Wetlands; and, of course, Tredegar House Country Park, a mansion rich in stories of extravagance and affluence – and it does a jolly good afternoon tea, too. 

Shop at Friars Walk 

Friars Walk shopping centre is seriously loaded with things to do. We’re talking household shopping and restaurant names galore as well as a cinema and tenpin bowling. You could easily make a day of it if the retail therapy bug bites. Kingsway, right next door, has all those supermarket and household essentials to enhance your self-catered holiday in Newport.

For more shopping, head out of town to Newport Retail Park or Mendalgief Retail Park for more high-street favourites.

Newport Museum & Art Gallery

As Friars Walk is right in Newport city centre, it’s also a great place to base yourself for a day of city sightseeing. A short potter gets you to Newport Museum and Art Gallery, which tracks the area’s history and impressive development from 250,000 years ago, through its time as a Roman outpost to the Chartist social uprising in defence of democracy. 

There are weapons and wartime paraphernalia and household objects from days gone by to open your eyes to another time, a different world. It gives you something to talk about over dinner, that’s for sure. 

If you like a museum, pop by Newport Ship for a fantastically interesting look at medieval wooden shipbuilding.

Caerleon Fortress

Let Wales do the planning for you and follow one of these themed itineraries. Maybe you want to continue your exploration of Newport’s ancient and modern history at Caerleon legionary fortress before a pub lunch. Or you could up the elegance on the Fascinating Heritage tour that celebrates the glories of industrialisation at the Transporter Bridge and Tredegar House, punctuated by an entirely memorable lunch and, of course, that refined afternoon tea.

The Wild, Wild World itinerary incorporates a leisurely morning bird watching at RSPB Newport Wetlands Reserve, part of the extraordinary Wales Coastal Path, with lunch in the reserve’s glass-walled refectory. It all just sounds too relaxing.

Transporter Bridge

You’d be hard pressed to miss the Transporter Bridge towering above the River Usk. One of just six transporter bridges worldwide, this Edwardian feat of engineering is a beautifully preserved foreshadowing of urban gondolas and was high enough for the tall trade ships to pass under as they headed out into international waters. 

With a vibrant blue turret, it has probably the cutest driver’s cabin ever, which you can snap away at while the platform transports you and up to three cars across the Usk from Wednesday to Sunday. 

Add a bit of adventure to your visit and take the 50m-high walkway, entertainingly part of the Wales Coastal Path, that looks down on the towering gondola. 

Self-guided walk in Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire is heaving with countryside walks, each one well kept and clearly marked with waymark discs. Exhilarating, refreshing, good for the soul, a walk just beyond the city walls takes you down rural footpaths and through beautiful woodland, over stiles and pretty bridges. Put yourself in the mind of a docker, of a Roman soldier, of a refined Victorian on any of these fabulous walks

For a bit of coast and a bit of countryside, the five-mile Redwick Circular Walk is a great choice, starting at the pretty Redwick Church and heading out along the sea wall. Oh go on then, why not stop for a pint at the Rose Inn when you get back to Redwick … it has a log fire after all. 

If you like a walk, maybe give the Newport public art trail a go.

Head over to our Newport Accommodation page to find the right place to stay.

Why is Newport so popular?

Let’s get one thing straight first, Propertri is in Newport, South Wales in the county of Gwent, historically part of Monmouthshire, not to be confused with any of the other 14 places named Newport in the UK.

Newport is the third-biggest city in Wales with a population of just over 150,000 . Historically, it was known for heavy industry including coal and steel, in its industrial hayday the port was the country’s largest coal exporter. The Welsh name for Newport is Casnewydd, meaning a new castle which points even further back to the origins of the city.

In fact, Newport was only granted city status in 2002 to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. This helped to raise its profile and boost the economy. Since then Newport has been seen as one of the most forward-looking and best places for investment in Wales.

One of the best things going for Newport is its location with easy access to Cardiff and Bristol from the M4, just 12 miles and 30 miles away respectively. You can jump on a train and be in London in just over an hour and a half, Cardiff is 12 minutes on the train.

Since the tolls on the Severn Crossing were abolished in 2018, Newport has become an even more attractive place to live, especially for anyone crossing the bridge to work in Bristol and other parts of south-west England as they save around £1,400 a year on toll charges.

But Newport isn’t just a convenient location to travel to other parts of the country

Newport was recently ranked the third-best place in the UK to live, making it the number one place to live in Wales. This was based on the availability of jobs, average salaries together with rental price and house prices.

The University of South Wales with its Newport campus overlooking the river Usk produces plenty of bright graduates looking for careers and work placement opportunities with local businesses.

Major employers include Admiral Insurance, Go Compare, The Intellectual Property Office and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). All of whom have helped changed the image of Newport from an old industrial town to a thriving centre for the modern services industry.

New investment includes a £70m on new conference, events and exhibition centre ICC Wales, the International Convention Centre Wales , at the Celtic Manor Resort on the M4 on the way into Newport.

This follows a £100 million spent in 2015 on the Friars Walk retail and leisure centre in Newport city centre. This along with the Riverfront Theatre and the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales (one of five internationally recognised indoor velodromes in the UK) all of which mean that there are plenty of things to do.

Future investment plans include transforming the regeneration of the former Newport Llanwern steelworks transforming it into a new community including 4,000 new homes, schools, sports facilities and a business park that promises to create thousands of jobs.

Whatever your reason for visiting Newport you’ll receive a warm welcome and have a comfortable stay in our serviced accommodation.