My readers are a cantankerous bunch, always up for a pointless argument.
“Is Newport Gwent even the best pubby Newport ?” they ask.
Let’s see the competing claims, starting with;
A County town, but then so is Bedford, which also seems to have a bus station as its redeeming feature.
It had 3 GBG entries, still does, but I didn’t warm to it.
Some nice architectural touches in the centre, though frankly no more than you’d find in Sheerness. And Sheerness has a beach.
3 pubs in the Guide; Spoons, micro, old fashioned gastro.
The Spoons is the one with the wonky Doom Bar pump.
It didn’t matter, the local beer (I know, I know) was very good a year ago.
What can this Spoons possibly have been?
This is the place where women waste away hours with Prosecco while red-faced East London escapees fail to remember George Cohen as the 11th member of the ’66 team.
I thought it an above average Spoons, and the Newport Ale House an above average micro.
Proper seating, pewter tankards, Burton beer (not that one. Or that one),
and a singing Landlord.
“I’m still standing…” “Yeah, yeah, yeah”
“I gotta New Sensation...” “New Sensation”
I didn’t think I’d like the Bargeman’s Rest either.
All day food, nautical tat, that Goddard’s beer that normally tastes like it was brewed in your bath.
But the barmaid called everyone “My love“, folk came to drink, the music made Jim Reeves sound punk, and the Fuggle-dee-dum was decent.
Nothing to trouble my Top 100, or my Bottom 100 (now there’s an idea) but as threesomes go not bad.
But as towns go you still feel like you’re in 1990 Hitchin, which frankly is 2020 Hitchin.
What other Newport’s have we got?