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Pen and Wig, Newport

Posted on 06. Dec, 2010 by in Pubs

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Pen and Wig, Newport

The Pen and Wig is located on Stow Hill in the centre of Newport, south Wales.

Brief History

The Pen and Wig is used to be known as the Georgian and according to a sign in the pub, it became the Pen and Wig on January 30th, 1995. Prior to being a pub, The Pen and Wig used to be a restaurant and a wedding dress shop.

The Interior

The pub is essentially one large room that is separated into different areas. There are bare floorboards and simple seating throughout the pub and a large bar and food serving area that takes up all of the one side of the pub. To the rear is a car park that also doubles as a basic beer garden.

According to the Pubs of Newport book, by Alan Roderick, the pub had a ‘lived in look’ back in 1995, and it still does. There was a slight refurbishment in 1996 but since then the pub has barely changed and neither has the furniture. This is a pity as it could be a much better pub if given a lick of paint.

TVs in the pub show live sporting events such as football and rugby and there is regular live entertainment.

The Beer

The Pen and Wig is a freehouse which serves a good selection of beers. Regular beers include Bass and Flowers IPA and always has one guest beer. The guest ale can be from any brewery in the UK but is usually from a Welsh brewery such as Newmans or Rhmney. The beer is reasonably priced and when I visited in Decemeber, 2010 the guest ale was £2 a pint.

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Venue Location

Pen and Wig

22-24 Stow Hill


NP20 1JD

Tel: 01633 666818

(Twitter: @awv)

Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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