It’s been a quarter of a century for popular Newport pub

Jane and Andrew Gibbs

One of Newport’s most popular pubs, the Bargeman’s Rest, marked a significant milestone this week as staff and customers from through the years celebrated 25 years since it opened for business.

Long-serving staff member Tracy Wratten and Dan McCarthy

The anniversary led to a happy gathering of old friends and loyal patrons, all who have played a part in the pub’s story since it opened in 1999.

The Bargeman’s Rest, in a building which previously served as squash courts, was transformed into a large characterful quayside pub, by owners, Andrew and Jane Gibbs. Over the years, it has become a cornerstone of the local community, known for great food with generous portions, live music and lots of charitable activities. The pub’s enduring success can be attributed in large part to manager, Dan McCarthy, who has been part of the team since the doors opened.

The celebration party featured a delicious buffet and drink generously provided by Andrew and Jane, with a centrepiece chocolate birthday cake in the shape of a barge.

The festive occasion offered an opportunity for those present to reminisce about the many memories made at the pub over the past quarter-century. Andrew said: “It’s great to see so many people here tonight who’ve been on this journey with us. There have been ups and downs, but overall, we’ve enjoyed every minute.”