Racing to The Newton Arms for the Scottish Grand National Weekend

The sun has been back in the sky and the long winter seems almost over- the thunder of horses over the fantastic Ayr Racecourse this weekend heralds another seasonal sensation: The Newton Arms for the Scottish Grand National Weekend!

At The Newton Arms, we love our race days- it is something we relish throughout the season but the Scottish Grand National is special.  Every year we welcome guests from around the world for great food and fantastic deals- we also like a bit of a party and the atmosphere is just amazing with live music and great company all weekend.

This year sees the return of our promotional deals for all race-goers: bring your ticket and get 30% off our fantastic food menu.  If you’ve not been in to eat with us yet then what a time to give it a go- you may have had a chance to read some of our outstanding reviews on Tripadvisor (where we are number 1 at the time of this article).  There really is something for everyone.  The kitchen will stay open until 9pm both Friday and Saturday and we have our normal kitchen hours on Sunday but with a bonus of a Bank Holiday Monday you have the perfect excuse to eat out with us all weekend!

We have special opening times too- join us to start your day from 10am all weekend and with last orders not until 12.30 then it could be a long day for everyone! And if we get lucky, the sun will shine and the beer garden will be the perfect place to be.  Make your way to The Newton Arms this weekend and take in all the fun of the biggest race of the year in Scotland.

The best restaurant in Ayr, it’s official!

Ayr's best restaurant

Patrick Stapleton, Manager: “We continue to strive for excellence. This is a great achievement.”

The Newton Arms celebrates a significant milestone today achieving the fantastic status of the best restaurant in Ayr- awarded by Trip Advisor and our customers! We are delighted and proud of everything our team has done over the past 2 years and we know it is something to cherish.

If you are already part of our regular and loyal fan-base then you will know what we are trying to provide- a fun, lively, welcoming and stylish pub in Ayr but with no compromise on food, hospitality and value for money.  It is tribute to all of our staff and management that this has been recognised by the most used online review site in the world.  If you are new to the area or simply new to what we are offering then we hope this news will give you a chance to checkout The Newton Arms.

It is an exciting time and we continue to innovate and listen to what our customers are telling us.  Live music; fun events; exciting entertainment; great live sports; delicious, home cooked food.  It is the combination of these key features and our real passion for making The Newton Arms the pub and restaurant we would want to visit.  So many of want more than pre-prepared, mass produced food- we want it fresh, we want it imaginative, we want it exciting and we want great value.  As you will see from our reviews (other than the odd false one and possible accidental mistake), our customers love it.  And you know, we love our customers.

This week is a big week and the month of March is packed full of entertainment, great deals and events- there is so much to get involved with and we hope that our number 1 status will help more of you join us for the fun and festivities.

You don’t need an excuse to try our fantastic menu but here’s some of the entertainment on offer in March:

  • Cheltenham Festival Racing on All Week this week.  Pop in and enjoy a bite to eat and spend your winnings with us!
  • Saturday 14th March The Busking Sharks Play live Back by popular demand, they always perform brilliantly.  Starts at 7pm ’til late.
  • St Patrick’s Day Festival, Sunday 15th March. Ticket event £5 including first drink.  Tickets available on the door and behind the bar in advance and Includes: Glasgow School of Dance – Traditional Dancing & Revelry 3pm-5pm; Live Traditional music 6pm -8.30pm from Pat Kane ‘n Co; Playing all your favourite Traditional tunes. Bring the family and watch the Cup Final too!
  • The RBS 6 Nations continues until the climax of the weekend of 21st March

It doesn’t stop in March either- look out for our 50% off food deal for the Scottish Grand National in Ayr in early April.

We know that reviews come and go and we know that we are still on a journey of improvement and review but we simply cannot fail to recognise that in the past 2 years we have taken The Newton Arms to the top of the table.  We want you to continue to enjoy it, continue to give us your feedback and for you to continue to be a part of our vision.

Cheers to you, our customers, and we look forward to seeing you all soon.  We also look forward to meeting new people at Ayr’s best restaurant!  We want to celebrate and what better way than a wee dram on Friday night.  We are offering the first 20 people in the bar after 5pm on Friday a dram on us- our fantastic, boutique Whisky brought to you by our friends at Dram2o. All you need to do is head to the bar and say “The Newton Arms is number 1!” and the first 20 will receive a wee dram on us!*  And remember- tell your friends and family, The Newton Arms is number 1!

(*over 18s only, right to refuse strictly retained, one dram per person!). 



Christmas Night Out in Ayr- live music, festive fun and lots more

If you are looking to get your Christmas Night out in Ayr sorted then look no further- our fantastic menu combines with superb live music and a festive atmosphere to bring you the best value celebration at The Newton Arms.

The best pub food in Ayr

Live music throughout the festive season- great party nights and fantastic festive food..

It’s that time of year again- offices, groups of friends, families and clubs are thinking “we need to plan a wee Christmas get-together!”.  You’re not alone- it happens all over and we know what makes a perfect night out: of course, it always begins with great company! But we also need superb food, a bit of entertainment and comfortable, relaxed surroundings that make you feel festive and fun.  The Newton Arms is offering all of this and more!

Join us this Christmas for a night out, an afternoon meal or just drop in for a drink- you won’t be disappointed.  Our ratings have been 5* for months now and we are still working on what we like and what you’ll love.  Our full menu is available with the addition of the wonderful treats that Chef Liam has put in order for the holiday season.  And remember, The Newton Arms is not just the best Pub in Ayr for eating out (tripadvisor says so)- we also love live music and December is a cracker!

Remember to book if you want to bring a party and we will look after you as best we can.  Keep up to date with Facebook and Twitter and if you can’t do all of that…just drop in and there’ll be a warm welcome waiting for you from all of our staff.

The Newton Arms Christmas: Yule love it!

Our full schedule for December is:

  • Saturday 6th December: Nick Morgan
  • Friday 12th December : The Skunnered
  • Saturday 13th December: Jamie AKA Little Fire
  • Saturday 14th December: Christmas beach party in Aid of cash for kids in association with west Fm
  • Friday 19th The jack Dawkins band
  • Saturday 20th The Buskin Sharks
  • Friday 26th Out on bail
  • Saturday 27th : Jeff
  • Wednesday 31st: New Year’s party ticket only event: music by lounge lizards. £20 per ticket. Includes first drink hot and cold buffet, Glass of champagne at bells and open till 1.30am

Banish the cold and make for the beach….at Ayr’s Best pub: The Newton Arms

Ayr’s Best Pub Caribbean Christmas Beach Party

Join us for family fun with a Caribbean twist

Join us for fun and festivities with a Caribbean twist at Ayr’s best pub!

It’s cold, it’s dark, the shops are getting crazy and you are feeling exhausted…well, not too exhausted.  What better way to warm up this winter and get into the festive spirit by heading to The Newton Arms and supporting the fantastic charity Cash for Kids at the same time.  Our Christmas Caribbean Beach Party has everything you need to feel good!

We have sand, we have sun (above cloud level) and we have slushies and music- bring the kids (until 8pm) and a present for a boy or girl and make your December bright.  We have everything you need for a fun day out- music and food, people and drinks…what more could you want (ok, maybe a bit of warm weather and a real beach, but this is the next best thing).

And, if you haven’t had a chance to join us for food until now, this is a perfect opportunity.  Our menu is getting some great reviews and we’re excited to be number 2 on Tripadvisor.

Join us on Sunday 14th December from 4pm til late and celebrate Cash for Kids with a Caribbean Christmas Beach Party at The Newton Arms, Ayr.

Christmas in Ayr

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas in Ayr and the perfect night out is just a click away.  However many people you want to head out with- your office, your team, your friends or family, The Newton Arms has a package of food, fun and entertainment to suit.

The Newton Arms is a family, friendly pub and restaurant offering the best food in Ayr. We love entertaining and our live music is always part of the fun on our weekends.  During the week you can be assured of a warm welcome and the food, well, just take a look at our menus and see what sparks your interest!


October at The Newton Arms

Hello Autumn, what’s on at The Newton Arms this October

The leaves are turning golden and crisp, and the air is getting cooler. This can only mean one thing…yes, Autumn is here! To celebrate the beginning of Autumn we have a jam-packed month ahead! Here’s a list of what’s on at The Newton Arms this October.

Come along to your favourite pub!

Friday 3 October, from 7pm

Freddy Mercury Tribute Night in aid of CLIC Sargent Charity

Tickets cost £7.50, which includes a hot and cold buffet. The buffet is served from 7pm to 8.30pm and the show starts at 9pm. Limited tickets available directly from The Newton Arms 

Saturday 11 0ctober, from 9pm

“Out on Bail”


Saturday 25 October, from 9pm

The Newton Arms favourite’s The Lounge Lizards return to perform live.


Friday 31 October,

Monster Halloween Party with live music from Contrast and a finger food buffet.  Get your best wig out as there will be prizes for best fancy dress!



Rock for CLIC Sargent Charity!

Do you want to break free? Are you searching for a kind of magic? Do you want it all?

Well, now you can have it all.  Neil Angus is set to rock you with his fabulous Freddie Mercury Tribute Act at The Newton Arms on Friday 3 October from 7pm to help raise cash for CLIC Sargent.

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for children and young people with cancer and their families.  Discovering your child has cancer is devastating and can have an overwhelming impact on the whole family.  CLIC provides practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with childhood cancer.

Patrick Stapleton, the General Manager at The Newton Arms said:  “This is a fun way for us to raise cash for CLIC Sargent and help make a real difference to the lives of those affected by childhood cancer.

“Everyone knows someone who has died from cancer and that is why cancer charities and the work they do are always dear to our hearts.

“Last year we had a successful charity event to raise cash for MacMillan so we’re excited to be doing another event to raise cash for another amazing cancer charity.”

This is a ticketed event.  Tickets cost £7.50, which includes a hot and cold buffet. The buffet is served from 7pm to 8.30pm and the show starts at 9pm. Limited tickets are available directly from The Newton Arms.


For a cracking Christmas night out in Ayr come to The Newton Arms

‘Twas the three months before Christmas…

“Christmas!” we hear you cry.  Okay, it’s not time to hang up your stocking just yet but don’t be put off booking your Christmas “do” because you feel that it’s “too early”.

It’s never too early to book your Christmas “do”!  We’ve already taken some bookings so book now to get your preferred date and avoid disappointment.  All it takes is a simple phone call and a small deposit to secure your table for a fabulous Christmas treat with all the trimmings.

We have an amazing Christmas party menu available from Monday 1 December to Monday 22 December – perfect for Christmas parties and work nights out or simply a festive lunch with family and friends.  Whether you’re a small or large party (up to 40 people) we’d be delighted to cater for you.

Expect the usual festive dishes with a creative twist.  Enjoy prawn cocktail with bloody Mary sauce as a starter then tuck into a traditional Christmas turkey roast dinner.  Maybe, you’re saving the turkey for the big day itself, there’s plenty of other options on the menu to tickle your taste buds.  You can view our full Christmas menu here.

Christmas is about bringing people together and what better way to do it than sat round the table together passing round the veg.  So, this year we’ve decided to give each table seasonal veg to share round – roast potatoes, orange and maple carrots, and Brussels sprouts with chorizo.

And, of course, you need something to wash down your delicious meal.  Check out our impressive selection of wines or why don’t celebrate with something fizzy and pop open a bottle of Prosecco?

We also have live music every weekend throughout the festive period.  The line-up is to be confirmed so keep an eye on our What’s On page and our social networks (Twitter and Facebook) for updates.

If you’re looking for a Christmas night out in Ayr, venues don’t get much better than this!  Make sure your Christmas night out goes off with a bang at The Newton Arms!  What are you waiting for?  Get booked now!

Call 01292 261674 to book your table

Ayr Gold Cup weekend – The O’Cajunals mane attraction at The Newton Arms

A horse trudges slowly into a pub and orders a drink.
“Evening” says the barman, “why the long face?”

Since we’re minutes away from Ayr Racecourse it’s hardly surprising that we love a classic horse joke.  It’s no surprise either that we love to get involved in the spirit of race day.

This weekend is the one we’ve all been waiting on – Ayr Gold Cup Festival.  If you’re going, why don’t you wrap up your exciting day at the races at The Newton Arms as we welcome back The O’Cajunals?

After their outstanding performance last time we’re spoiling you to a double helping this time.  You can catch them live at The Newton Arms this Friday AND Saturday from 8pm until late.  And, if your horse doesn’t come in at the races don’t worry because this is a FREE event.

The O’Cajunals are one of Scotland’s busiest bands.  Each year they play over 120 gigs with performances at various festivals such as Lomond Folk Festival and Glasgow’s West End Festival.

Over the past six years the band has evolved from a duo featuring Joe Quinn and Rod Massey to a four or five piece band.  Through the years nearly 42 musicians have played alongside Joe and Rod.

The O’Cajunals are a joy to hear and their infectious style will have The Newton Arms bouncing from the first note.  They play a mix of traditional music from Scotland, Ireland and Louisiana with a bit of Johnny Cash and Bob Marley for extra spice.  You can expect vocals, guitar, fiddle , cajon, bass, mandolin, cittern, melodeon, penny whistle and mouth organ.

So, whether you’re looking for somewhere to go after a day at the races or you just fancy a night out come and catch The O’Cajunals at The Newton Arms this weekend.

Here’s a great video to give you a taster.  You can also find them on Facebook, where they regularly post new videos.

The O’Cajunals


Friday 19 September and Saturday 20 September

The Scottish Airshow set for take-off

After an absence of 22 years the Scottish Airshow returns to Ayr this weekend with an impressive line-up of aircraft and lots of entertainment for all the family.

The first Airshow held at Prestwick was an Empire Day Flying Display in 1938.  The Airshow didn’t return to Prestwick again until 1967 when it was renamed Prestwick International Airshow.  From then on the Airshow took place every second year with a mix of historic, passenger and military aircraft.  In 1992, sadly the Airshow came to a halt due to various reasons.

This year it’s back!  On Saturday, there’s a free air display at Ayr’s Low Green with magnificent flying acts, such as the famous Blades Aerobatic Display Team with ex-Red Arrow Pilots.  We can’t wait to see them fly over the pub!  If that isn’t enough for you then there’s a static aircraft display at Prestwick Airport on Sunday – a definite must for aviation fans!

You don’t need a ticket for Saturday’s air display on the Low Green but if you’re planning on going down to the airport on Sunday for the static display you do need a ticket.  You can purchase your tickets at The Newton Arms if you ask at the bar.  Tickets are priced at £10 plus booking fee and kids under 16 go free (t&c apply).

Whether you’re just going for the day or you’re making the full weekend of it you’ll need to refuel at some point.  Why don’t you refuel at The Newton Arms?  We’re a great family friendly pub where you can come and enjoy delicious home-cooked food.

To keep everyone in high spirits after the Airshow on Saturday we have also put some live music on.  Contrast will be performing live on Saturday night from 9pm.  So, make sure you pop into The Newton Arms on your way home.

Ayr is going to be buzzing – come aboard and fasten your seatbelts for a great family weekend out!  And of course, don’t forget to check-in at The Newton Arms.