Newark Beer Guide: Your Newark guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Newark

62 /100 19 CASTLE GATE
“Big modernised pub in a once derelict building. Quite food orientated but does serve a reasonable range of cask and keg beers. Pleasant and easy going, certainly worth looking in to.“
imdownthepub 295 days ago
74 /100 4-6 APPLETON GATE
“Nice pub slightly outside the centre of Newark. Lots of castle rock, but a decent selection of other regional beer too. Two fridges as a bottle shop. Inside there is a big central bar with some semi open plan rooms on the side. Nice place.“
Mr_Pink_152 527 days ago
80 /100 46 STODMAN STREET
“Enjoyed our visit to this multi roomed Good Beer Guide pub with it's good selection of ales. We chose Half Moon Port Out and Elephant School (Brentwood) Big Bulls which were both fine.“
gillhalfpint 697 days ago
78 /100 53 CASTLE GATE
“Enjoyed our visit to this pub with a decent selection of ales from interesting breweries. They also have a range of keg beers, canned and bottled beers and also ciders. We chose Beermats Matador ale which was fine.“
gillhalfpint 697 days ago
84 /100 32A CASTLEGATE
“Loved this micropub which features in the 2018 Good Beer Guide, and we enjoyed Black Iris Bleeding Heart from the good selection available. Long pews with a central area to walk down to the bar, and a lot of interesting things pn the wall difficult to read due to it being busy in there, but I did enquire about the biscuit pig chart on the wall, and was told it was very popular with the regulars. Pay £1 and pick a name from the biscuit barrel and your name goes against the celebrity name on the chart. If your choice is the first to die you get the pot. Brilliant!!“
gillhalfpint 697 days ago
88 /100 4-6 APPLETON GATE
“Loved this Castle Rock pub which features in the 2018 Good Beer Guide for it's great selection of real ales. We enjoyed our Pentrich Killed by the Boom and Abstract Jungle Pride. Large open plan room with smaller ones off plus a beer garden. A great place to have as your local.“
gillhalfpint 697 days ago
74 /100 105 BALDERTON GATE,
“Busy 2 roomed pub featured in the 2018 Good Beer Guide with a decent ale selection. We enjoyed our Acorn Summer Pale and Bath Gem sat outside, and the massive 16" pizzas coming out on massive square trays looked good too.“
gillhalfpint 697 days ago
70 /100 46 STODMAN STREET
“Gorgeous old building (c15) which houses a pub that's really a restaurant. Part of the Knead pub chain, although the beer selection is slightly more adventurous than their other pubs I've visited, with the likes of Conwy, Magic Rock and Abstract Jungle on cask. Thought about eating but due to the cramped conditions we decided to drink up. Probably noticeably more brilliant outside of traditional mealtimes.“
jjsint 824 days ago
82 /100 4-6 APPLETON GATE
“What is it with Castle Rock pubs? I find their beer a bit ho-hum, but the pubs tend to veer between the above average to the bloody brilliant. The Fox & Crown is a large-ish basic boozer with an excellent choice. They have about 8 cask, half Castle Rock, half guests (Brodie's, Squawk, Abbeydale, Shiny), a few craft keg (Chorlton, North, Black Iris) and a bottle fridge to die for. The best pub in Newark? It's looking like it so far.“
jjsint 824 days ago
74 /100 53 CASTLE GATE
“Monty Python themed music pub in the centre of town. They even have a dead parrot (not real of course)! The beer range is small but pretty decent: a few cask from the likes of Black Iris and Leatherbritches, keg from Lagunitas and Brew York, as well as some German and Belgian beer, and a good smattering of bottles. To call it a craft beer pub is a slight stretch, but it will almost certainly have something to grab your attention.“
jjsint 824 days ago
74 /100 32A CASTLEGATE
“This is the first micropub I'd ever been to so it holds a bit of nostalgia for me.one small narrow room with good music playing low the only interruption to conversation. Eight handpulls (three of which were ciders) with good breweries such as Wylam and Pentrich. No keg but there is a smattering of bottles including a few crafty cans alongside some German and Belgian offerings. Really worth a visit.“
jjsint 824 days ago
68 /100 21 PORTLAND STREET
“A reasonable arm of the small chain of Blue Monkey pubs. There's not so much choice here: a good handful of sessionable BM beers on handpull but no keg/packagwd choice to speak of. I like Blue Monkey but feom a ticking perspective there isnt much. Still its pleasant enough with drinkable beer and pleasant locals. Missable but not a bad place to stop.“
jjsint 824 days ago
78 /100
Real Ale Store (Beer Store)
12-14 KIRK GATE
“Small beer shop - with a very well-judged selection - near Newark Castle. It tends to lean toward the traditional British brewers, although they carry plenty of the 'craftier' names from the UK and beyond. Orkney, Ashover, 8 Sail, Thornbridge and Beavertown are a few of the breweries featured. Also a small selection of US stuff thats not so easily available, such as Mother Earth. Exceptionally low prices.“
jjsint 824 days ago
68 /100 46 STODMAN STREET
“Visit at Friday lunch and I was nice And busy. Old feel with lots of rooms over two floors (I think). Big bench tables and a small bar. Nice friendly staff. The food looked expensive and not tried on this visit. Reasonable selection of local beers on cask with a range of cider too.“
Mr_Pink_152 975 days ago
74 /100 4-6 APPLETON GATE
“Good selection of guest beers as well as the Castle Rock stuff. The staff the day I was in were both friendly and knowledgeable. I like that although they don’t serve food themselves they welcome people bringing their own or even having it ordered to the pub. There was an open mic music night when I was there which added to the atmosphere. Also has its own bottle shop with a good selection.“
ianwelby 1051 days ago
80 /100 53 CASTLE GATE
“Really liked this pub in the centre of Newark. New the castle and only a few minutes walk from the train station (castle not northgate). Looks like a multiform bar all knocked into one big bar, due to the different room its all on different levels. The bright prime colour painting isn’t to my taste. They appear to have live music occasionally, and had a band warming up while I was there. The beer selection was excellent, on both cask and keg (mainly regional micros) with some choice Belgian offerings, plus a large bottle/can selection, and usefully the fridge is on top of the back of the bar where the spirits usually are, makes it really easy to see what they have. The beer garden looked huge.“
Mr_Pink_152 1134 days ago
78 /100 21 PORTLAND STREET
“Our 4th stop on our pub tour of Newark on Saturday 22/4. In many ways the most pubby of the venues visited. A good range of Blue Monkey beers were available on handpump.“
moleha4 1150 days ago
76 /100 53 CASTLE GATE
“3rd pub on our Newark crawl / tour on Saturday 22nd April. As well as the 8 handpumps, there is a selection of keg beers - I drank one such from Magic Rock - and a further choice of bottled beers.“
moleha4 1154 days ago
76 /100 32A CASTLEGATE
“2nd pub on our Newark crawl / tour on Saturday 22nd April. From memory 8 handpumps in use, and there was a small chiller cabinet against the rear wall with some interesting looking bottled beers. Well worth a visit.“
moleha4 1154 days ago
66 /100 THE WHARF
“Visited lunchtime Saturday 22 April. 4 handpumps in use, including beers from Full Mash, Robinsons & Palmers. Good place to meet to begin a crawl / tour of Newark pubs since it is so easy to find.“
moleha4 1154 days ago
78 /100 21 PORTLAND STREET
“Bit of a delay rating this, but I saw Mr. Pink’ rating and recalled enjoying a visit here very much. Walked here from the station, which played havoc with my mate Joe’s none sock protected feet. Very quiet and comfortable on a midweek afternoon. Friendly chap serving beer in excellent nick. Nice little patio out back, too. One of those boozers you could spend an extended session in, happily not ticking, and just drinking.“
Garrold 1246 days ago
62 /100 21 PORTLAND STREET
“Popped in on a Friday afternoon as it was fairly empty, despite the Beer Muda triangle beer festival being on. I guess Saturday would be the bust day. Lots of smaller seating areas in an open plan bar. 7 hand pumps of their own beers, and a few national / international keg regulars. They had a few of their own bottles on sale too. Nice enough but a bit of a walk from town on a cold afternoon.“
Mr_Pink_152 1255 days ago
84 /100 32A CASTLEGATE
“Really nice micro pub in the centre of Newark not far from the trent. Its small but still bigger than some micro pubs. It was bust when I was there due to the Newark Beer Festival, but still service was quick. They had 22 beers on tap at my visit, and some really interesting ones. Great atmosphere, great beer and well worth a visit.“
Mr_Pink_152 1499 days ago
70 /100
Real Ale Store (Beer Store)
12-14 KIRK GATE
“I have not been her. Only ordered through theit web site. Quite decent selection of British ale. Good service and well packed.“
Cunningham 1579 days ago
64 /100 THE WHARF
“As the name suggests, this is a barge moored on the river close to the castle and opposite the old maltings. The main bar is downstairs whilst upstairs is a children’s room / function room. There are also benches on the bank so the large patio is larger than the boat. There were only two taps in use when I was there but nevertheless it’s a very attractive place, with good food and friendly service. (Visited 9 October 2014).“
Boudicca 2073 days ago
78 /100
Real Ale Store (Beer Store)
12-14 KIRK GATE
“A very nice little shop, well laid out, mainly by area. There’s a good selection, with local breweries particularly well represented. Definitely worth visiting. (Visited 9 October 2014).“
Boudicca 2073 days ago
60 /100 1-3 CHURCH STREET
“This is a Wetherspoon pub but in a nicer location than most, at the side of the attractive market square. At the front it’s light and airy with large windows and a nice prospect but, typically for ‘spoons, further in it’s a bit crepuscular. The service was friendly and efficient, even though it was very busy. (Visited 9 October 2014).“
Boudicca 2073 days ago
60 /100 4-6 APPLETON GATE
“My first impression of the Fox and Crown was that it was very loud and quite a basic town pub. It’s not that basic but it’s much more rough and ready than the other places I visited in Newark. It has ten hand pumps, half of which had Castle Rock beers when I was there. I can’t say much else about it as my attention was taken by an old gentlemanly spaniel sitting patiently by the bar. Strangely, the pub smelt of cats. (Visited 9 October 2014).“
Boudicca 2073 days ago
72 /100 21 PORTLAND STREET
“The Organ Grinder in Newark is very similar to the one in Nottingham but smaller. It has the same blue fronted bar and eye catching line up of Blue Monkey pump clips; similarly there are a couple of cosy areas with open fires, much like little sitting rooms, and a bright (but tiny) courtyard. They have seven hand pumps plus five keg taps with guest beers. (Visited 9 October 2014).“
Boudicca 2074 days ago
70 /100 32A CASTLEGATE
“The Just Beer Micropub is in a yard off the main street so it’s not necessarily easy to find but it’s well worth the effort (go under the archway diagonally opposite the Flying Circus pub). As the name suggests, it’s small - long and narrow, with church pews down one side and a wide selection of CAMRA magazines from local branches neatly displayed behind. The bar, at the far end, has eight handpumps with an ever changing selection and each of the beers has a little label neatly printed with information about the beer and the brewery. “Neat”, I think, sums up the place nicely. Everything about it is neat, clean, tidy and well kept. I’d recommend it. By the way, it isn’t just beer - when I visited, four of the taps were ciders and they also serve pork pies and a cheese board. (Visited 9 October 2014).“
Boudicca 2074 days ago
60 /100 53 CASTLE GATE
“The Flying Circus is a bright and cheerful looking place painted in primary colours with lots of fun decorations such as model aeroplanes suspended from the ceiling, a piano with four accordions on top and a frieze showing silhouettes of John Cleese doing his silly walks. They have eight hand pumps, four ciders and an eclectic bottle list of 60 or more. There’s what they call a “charcuterie menu” (with cheese as well as meat platters) and a beer garden of sorts in a long, whitewashed alleyway running the length of the building away from the street. There’s also an upstairs room overlooking the model aeroplanes. Unfortunately the barmaid didn’t seem to like my face (and who can blame her, I hear you cry!) and went out of her way to be rather unwelcoming. (Visited 9 October 2014).“
Boudicca 2074 days ago
70 /100 46 STODMAN STREET
“A charming half timbered building on a narrow shopping street close to the centre of Newark. There are several small rooms full of character, with low ceilings slung with hops, a quarry-tiled floor and mismatched scrubbed pine tables, settles and armchairs. They have six hand pumps with beer mainly from small local breweries and six or eight less interesting keg taps. The service was very friendly and welcoming. I didn’t eat there but the menu looked nice. (Visited 9 October 2014).“
Boudicca 2074 days ago
56 /100
Castle (Bar)
5 CASTLE GATE
“A small, multi-level pub with lots of little areas holding just a few tables. It could be really nice but it looks as if it was renovated in the ’70s or ’80s and time has stood still since then so it seems dated rather than olde-worlde. There are six hand pumps and they had a couple of local beers on when I visited. I had Oldershaw’s Castle Blonde (possibly brewed specially for them or perhaps a rebadge?). Incidentally, there’s another place next door called the "Pound Pub" - all halves £1 - but I didn’t try it. (Visited 9 October 2014).“
Boudicca 2095 days ago
72 /100
Real Ale Store (Beer Store)
12-14 KIRK GATE
“Real ale store in the centre of town. You park in Morrisons around the corner and walk through the supermarket to this shop. Excellent selection of local brewers in Lincolnshire, Nottingham and Derbyshire. Some Scottish beers and a decent if small selection of American, Belgian, French and German beers. Glasses for sale too. Friendly service that did not hurry me at all but displayed good knowledge when I had questions. A definite destination if you inthe area“
harrisoni 2112 days ago
80 /100
Real Ale Store (Beer Store)
12-14 KIRK GATE
“This is a really pleasant, small shop, just away from the main shopping area, but nicely situated amongst some smaller shops, close to decent pubs too. They pack in a very decent range of beers for all tastes. A good selection of local bottled ales then from far and wide. The young lad who was serving in there was covering whilst the owner was on holiday and was doing a sterling job. A must visit in Newark.“
imdownthepub 2130 days ago
82 /100
Real Ale Store (Beer Store)
12-14 KIRK GATE
“Very nice little beer shop with an excellent selection. Includes real bottled ale, craft beer, American and continental beers.“
Mr_Pink_152 2145 days ago
58 /100 THE WHARF
“The Newark version of Charters bar, this is a large old grain barge has been moored under the shadow of Newark Castle. There is a long bar underneath the main deck, it’s a little dark down there. Food is the main reason for coming on board but there is a reasonable range of beers. Take a look.“
imdownthepub 2149 days ago
66 /100 46 STODMAN STREET
“Beautiful old building sensitively brought up to date by the new owning company. Multi roomed, beams and wooden floors and a pleasant terrace. It is much larger than apparent from the frontage. 7 Hand pums some ever changing. We tought it well worth the visit.“
imdownthepub 2149 days ago
42 /100 21 PORTLAND STREET
“We were expecting so much more from this having visited the Nottingham version, but we found this to be somewhat cold and un-atmospheric, there were very few people in and the beer range seems to be a little static. The poor lad behind the bar looked as though he would prefer to be elsewhere. Shame really.“
imdownthepub 2149 days ago
68 /100 4-6 APPLETON GATE
“Popular pub just off the main shopping areas in Newark, owned by Castle Rock brewery. There are multiple rooms, nooks & crannies, some of them being used for things like a small art gallery for instance. The usual line up of Castle rock beers augmented by well chosen guest beers. Popular with locals. Worth a look.“
imdownthepub 2149 days ago
44 /100 1-3 CHURCH STREET
“Occupying a pretty building, from the outside, on the corner of the market place, when inside it becomes pretty typical of the chain. Closely packed tables, food smells, hustle & bustle, slow service (very in this case). It’s a Wetherspoons and you know what to expect. Nice building though.“
imdownthepub 2150 days ago
60 /100 53 CASTLE GATE
“Quite a large pub on Castlegate with a single room downstairs but an additional mezzanine type area upstairs. The original theme is obviously Monty Python, but there is a whole mish mash of others, 60’s psychedelia, Beatles, Snoopy and the Red Dragon, quite confusing. There are 5 Hand Pumps with two badged for the pub beers, some craft keg’s and lots of bottled beers from Belgium, States etc. Interesting place if a little odd.“
imdownthepub 2150 days ago
84 /100 32A CASTLEGATE
“Small, single roomed bar just off Castlegate, this is a haven for the Real Ale drinker in Newark. Hardly any bigger than a garage, it fits in comfort, friendliness and good old fashioned service along with an ever changing range of real ales, bottles and ciders. Winner of quite a few local awards already, a must visit in this town.“
imdownthepub 2150 days ago
72 /100 32A CASTLEGATE
“In a yard between Castlegate and the river, a single room serves ales and ciders (nothing else). Constantly changing range of unusual beers from small producers in oversize glasses, including thirds.“
robbgg 2203 days ago
68 /100 THE WHARF
“On the water on the other side of the bridge to the ruined castle, this floating pub offers an alternative place for drinking than the norm. The bar is below deck and sports enough real ale pumps to please with a couple on rotation with a local focus. Beyond the service area are the seats but naturally it’s fairly cramped given there’s a limit to the boats width, however this is the charm of the place. If the weather is good though there’s tables on dry land for lubbers, right outside the gangplank. The upper deck has seating too although it’s mainly used as the restaurant area, however if you’re in either of the latter two places I have mentioned you’ll be guaranteed fine river views.“
ManVsBeer 2214 days ago
62 /100 1-3 CHURCH STREET
“In one corner of the beautiful and enclosed Market Place which has a worthwhile market when it’s on, this pub is a convivial enough Wetherspoons. Despite feeling a little downmarket for the very well-to-do Midlands town that clearly does not suffer from too much social deprivation, it’s a popular venue for the usual vices of people using this chain. The ales and food, although not at their cheapest for a Spoon are generally the cheapest in town. It’s a fairly traditional set-up inside the ground floor that works, but I expected better. Seating is either side of the central door in open plan rooms with the service area against the back wall. Outside seats are available in the Market Place which makes it a great place to people watch.“
ManVsBeer 2214 days ago
94 /100
Real Ale Store (Beer Store)
12-14 KIRK GATE
“Great range of Beers, particularly local brews with a good selection of beers from Nationwide. Very good Belgian Selection with US, German, Austrlalian and Dutch beers also stocked. Well worth a visit or order online“
richy101 2602 days ago
82 /100
Real Ale Store (Beer Store)
12-14 KIRK GATE
“I ordered some beers from this shop and they were delivered the next day. They were packaged safely and I was very impressed with the service. There is a good range of beers from Britain, as well as some foreign beers. The range of beers from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire is particularly strong. Recommended.“
SaintMatty 2851 days ago
82 /100
Real Ale Store (Beer Store)
12-14 KIRK GATE
“A very friendly and well run beer store in Newark. Carries around 200 bottles, and as well as the obligatory Belgians, there is an impressive amount of British beers, mainly sourced locally. The store owner also offers discount deals on the local beers. This is, to my mind, how a beer shop should be run. Attractively presented, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable service, and a focus on supplying and promoting local beers. If you’re in the Newark area, this shop is well worth a detour.“
SilkTork 3208 days ago