On the edge of the river down by Newport Quay, you'll find the Bargeman’s Rest - a large pub themed with barges and boats in days of yore. Every surface and spare inch of the interior has a ship’s antique upon it, giving the impression that you might be on a boat.
By the wood panelled bar is an enormous wooden framed winch that reaches from floor to ceiling, and on it are old brass and copper lanterns, large wooden rope blocks, portholes and an enormous bell. Ship’s wheels are on the walls, some very large, and at least one table is made from one.
This is a real ale pub with Fortyniner, Goddards Fuggle, Ringwood Best Bitter, Lancaster Bomber, Ringwood Old Thumper, Jennings Cocko Hoop and Bank’s Dark Mild on tap along with Becks, Amstel and Kronembourg 1664 cold lagers. Strongbow and Stowford Press ciders and Guinness and Guinness Extra Cold are also on tap.
Food is ordered from the central snack bar and there’s an extensive menu and specials board. The long lounge features refectory style wooden tables with upholstered former pews. There are big wooden beams across the ceiling, upon which are the crests of old barges.
Antique boat models and stuffed sea birds in glass cases, huge glass buoys in nets, brass beacons and old enamel signs look down on you.
Outside a pretty courtyard style terrace overlooks the river, and there’s an upstairs function room, accessed via exterior staircases. There is often live music at the pub.