Things to do in Newport | Restaurants

Whatever you fancy eating during your stay in the city, whether it’s fine dining, classic Italian or some fiery Indian dishes, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to eat in Newport.

A high-end restaurant serving up British, French and European dishes, The Sixteen Brasserie - previously Mojo Foodbar - is a fine-dining restaurant that balances contemporary cooking with menu twists. Offering an impressive wine and gin menu, and with a resident mixologist, the open kitchen dominates the dining room. They offer à la carte and tasting menu options as well as a popular bottomless gin brunch every Sunday.

Another impressive taste sensation is Gemelli, which takes a gastronomic approach to its cooking to include contrasting flavours, molecular science and a focus on textures and temperatures. Like The Sixteen Brasserie, it’s not cheap but the food is of an impressively high standard and dishes like their salt marsh lamb and their inspired, teetering cakes are well worth the extra.

A welcome addition to the retail and leisure scene, Friars Walk has opened up opportunities for several new bars and restaurants. And it’s home to three of our favourite outlets in the city. Las Iguanas dish up Latin flavours including food from Brazil and Mexico spread over an impressive tapas menu. The popular chain restaurant serves lunch, dinner and impressive cocktails, including regular 2-for-1 happy-hour deals.

Ristorante Vittorio meanwhile has been serving up classic Italian fare for 30 years, winning over a new generation of customers thanks to its service, tennis ball-sized meatballs, sumptuous tiramisu and their freshly prepared pizzas.

And for something a little bit different, Dutchy’s Jamaican Jerk Shack on North Street - just around the corner from the Secret Garden Café - is your go-to place for Caribbean and Jamaican flavours, including jerk chicken, ribs and hot wings. Just take our advice - go hungry and don’t wear a white top!

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Indian restaurants in Newport

With nearly 40 Indian restaurants, it’s fair to say that curry is big business in Newport. Thanks to a large Indian population, the city has been dishing out perfect naan bread for over 60 years. And leading that charge is the New Lahore. One of the oldest restaurants in the the city, it opened way back in 1961 and still has the original chef involved in the menu. Voted as one of the best Indian restaurants in the UK and the best in Wales, it serves up either traditional Lahore-style food or a more contemporary menu depending on your preference. It all tastes good to us!

Another impressive traditional-style restaurant is Hatti, and handily for anyone wanting to do a curry crawl, it’s at the end of the same road on Lower Dock Street. One of the highest-ranked restaurants on TripAdvisor, they dish up a wide range of curries, balties, biryanis and tandoori dishes, with their starters of homemade poppadoms and chutneys an absolute must.

And finally, check out Tiffins in Newport Leisure Park near the Cineworld. A bright, vibrant space that can seat up to 160 guests, they do a popular buffet option as well as an impressive à la carte menu.

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Newport is the ideal place for a city break. You can explore the city centre and its Roman ruins, or visit the surrounding countryside, with the picturesque Wye Valley, the Forest of Dean, and the Brecon Beacons right on your doorstep. Newport is also the gateway to the castles of the Welsh Marches, and the golfing capital of Wales. Whichever reason you have for visiting, our hotels in Newport are perfect for exploring the city and its nearby attractions.