Latest Restaurant Review (The New Inn – Newport)

The New Inn is located in the centre of Newport just off the main High Street. A large car park is situated just across the road.
Part of the building is newly built and houses the main restaurant area, the interior design however makes it feel like it’s been there as long as the older original part of the pub, with the exposed brick, decorated roof panelling and old traditional pub style green/blue glass tiles. The bar area is situated at the back, past the main bar and has plenty of cosy snug areas, where you can relax and enjoy a pint of one of the many Joules’ ales or maybe a Gin or Rum from the huge selection on offer.
For starters Nik had chosen the Corn Beef Hash Patty (£6.95) and I ordered the Vegetable Samosas (£5.95).
My samosas were lovely and crispy on the outside with a lovely soft filling of vegetables which had a light curry spiciness to them, it was served with a fresh crisp salad and a chilli sauce.
Nik said his corned beef hash was super light and fluffy and the golden crunchy breadcrumb coating had a satisfying bite. It was topped with a perfectly cooked fried egg on top. The taste of the warm runny egg yolk, the meaty hash and the golden breadcrumbs was superb. The dish was finished off with a light salad garnish.
Nik chose The New Inn Burger (£11.25) for his main and I decided on one of four vegetarian dishes, the Vegetable Panang Curry (£10.95), although I am not vegetarian I do love a vegetable curry. It was good to see such a choice of dishes that cater for everyone, vegan and gluten free dishes are also available and seem to be in more demand recently.
Nik’s burger arrived and it wasn’t for the fainthearted, a large, quality chargrilled patty topped with slices of bacon, mozzarella, gherkins, lettuce and sliced tomato in a delicious Pretzel burger bun and if this wasn’t enough it was served with a zesty relish and a generous portion of some of the best chunky hand cut chips ever!
My Panang curry was served with braised rice – this curry has quite a light sauce with lovely Thai flavours and just enough heat. There was a good variety of vegetables including green beans, peppers, mangetout and onions. It was served with a perfect fluffy rice and pea shoots – overall a fabulous dish.
All desserts are priced at £5.25 or there is a choice of ice creams (3 scoops for £3.95) or a cheeseboard to share at £8.95. Nik was tempted by one of his favourites, the Sticky Toffee Pudding and I chose the Banoffee Pie.
Nik’s sticky toffee pudding was a great success – the warm soft sponge was light and fluffy and the hot caramelised toffee was the perfect balance against the cold sweet cappuccino and Amaretto ice cream (despite being full, he still managed to leave a clean plate!!).
My banoffee pie was a very generous portion, the biscuit base was firm but moist and the filling was delicious, it was served with a scoop of biscotti ice cream which had lovely crunchy bits of biscuit – a great combination.
Food is served Mon-Fri 12pm to 8:30pm, Sat 12-9pm and Sundays 12pm to 4:30pm – the main menu is available during all these times. A lighter lunch menu is available Mon-Sat between 12-4pm. Also, on a Sunday there is the choice of 3 Sunday roasts as well as the main menu. If you just fancy popping in for a few drinks and fancy a smaller snack there is a Bar Nibbles menu with a selection of small bites from £3.50-£5.95 per dish. Most nights there a few dishes on the special board to choose from too.
On a Tuesday night you can enjoy a main meal and a drink from a select menu at just £12 per person, which is great value and there is a good variety of dishes to choose from.
There is live music every Sunday from 6pm which is also popular at The New Inn.
Darren Wood took over the New Inn four years ago and he has made a great success of turning this in a popular venue for people of all ages. Head chef Carl Stephenson has been with them since they opened and consistently produces great quality food.
The New Inn have a great reputation for their special themed events, including their annual Gin and Rum festivals. A large marquee is set up in the beer garden at the rear to hold these festivals, so even if the weather isn’t so great you will still be dry undercover. Their next event will be the Rhythm & Brews festival on the 20th July, with 12 craft ales on draft along with traditional ciders and ales, there will be 4 live bands playing too.
The New Inn is a great place for eating, great place for drinking and a great place for music and festivals – something for everyone! If you dine during June or July, you can enjoy 15% off your main meals with the voucher below.
Reviewed by Fleur & Nik Abel