Updated 12/01/2024

At the beginning of the 19th Century, Newport had over 20 public houses. An early reference (1790’s) to a pub in Newport mentions the Green Dragon in East Street, another reference from 1812 mentions that a John Hughes was then the licensee of the Green Dragon. By 1830 the Green Dragon had been renamed to the Golden Lion.

In Market Street there were 2 pubs, the last of these closed it’s doors around 1920.

At Parrog there were 4 licensed premises, and with the Mariners at Bettws there were 5 to choose from. Many other properties at Parrog and along the Quay Wall would have been rum houses, only opening when ships were docked on the beach.

Newport these days houses just 4 of the original pubs that once stradled the whole of the Town. There is also the Boat Club at the Parrog which is situated in one of the old warehouses built when Newport was a busy port.

On a list of persons licensed to keep Alehouses in 1812, there are 8 people mentioned for the Town of Newport: John Jenkins, William Owen, Thomas Mathias, Elinor Harries, Thomas Jenkins, Thomas Lloyd, David Jenkins and a John Hughes.
For Dinas, there is only one entry: John Lewis.
For Nevern there are four entries: Benjamin Lloyd, Martha Lloyd, Stephen Jenkin, and a Jane George.

We’ve put a list together of as many of the old pubs in and around Newport and their modern counterparts as we can find. Included are a few in Dinas Cross, Nevern, Cilgwyn and the Gwaun Valley.

In Newport

At Parrog

Outlying Pubs

A reference to a pub ‘The Waterman’s Arms’ with a Charlotte Roach as the licence holder is listed on the GENUKI website as an extract from an 1844 Pigot & Co directory of South Wales, I’ve not been able to find any further information on this public house as yet (June 22 – 2023).

Some references taken from ‘The Ancient Borough of Newport in Pembrokeshire’ by Dillwyn Miles. Others from memory and scouring old maps.

Fancy exploring Newport to find all the old pubs? Checkout where to stay below.

Castle Inn – formally the Commercial Castle Inn
The Golden Lion – formally the Green Dragon
The Llwyngwair Arms with Pwnc CafĂ© next door – Pwnc was formally the Britannia Inn
The Royal Oak
Morawellon – formally the Parrog Arms
Llwyngwair Manor
Freemasons Hotel at Dinas Cross
Ship Aground in Dinas Cross
Salutation at Felindre Farchog