The Castle Inn
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The Castle Inn is a beautifully preserved pub in the heart of Newport. Flourishing under new ownership, we were greeted warmly by Simon, one of the landlords, who talked us through the history of his pub with infectious enthusiasm. His tales of the ghost who frequently leaves five pence pieces around the place had us both hooked; it is after all rumoured to be the most-haunted pub in Britain.
As the rain poured outside, we happily warmed ourselves by the roaring fire while perusing the extensive menu. The menu showcases the best of Britain, and every effort has been made to source produce as locally as possible. To start, we enjoyed breaded Brie wedges with cranberry sauce, and salt and pepper chicken enhanced by barbecue sauce and salad. Next, I was tempted by the homemade cottage pie, but instead opted for the mouth-watering double beefburger, while my partner’s liver and bacon served with mash and peas was a welcome throwback to traditional pub grub. The evening ended on a high note thanks to my chocolate and vanilla panna cotta and a moreish crème brûlée for my companion – both equally as delicious and presented immaculately.
With a well-kept beer garden, a delicious bill of fare and live music and quiz nights throughout the week, we’ll undoubtedly be returning soon. This historic inn is a fantastic destination that’s worth seeking out.