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 Saturday AND Sunday 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.

Big screen Champions League action at The Newton Arms

The Champions League serves up Europe’s finest platter of football and the atmosphere of your living room just won’t do it justice.

You want to be feeding off the energy of lots of other fans and have a ready access to great beer and excellent food…

…We’ve got it all covered!

To take the edge of things midweek The Newton Arms is hosting a Champions League night every Wednesday.

Come along and enjoy a few beers and have a bite to eat while watching the Champions League in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

You really won’t find a better atmosphere!  The Newton Arms is a key venue for football fans in Ayr and is popular with football fans of all persuasions.  No matter what team you’re supporting we always go the extra mile to ensure your visit is a memorable experience.

Champions League night cannot go without the compulsory special offer.  So, during each game you can get a pizza and a pint of Tennents for £5 (running from 7pm to 9pm every Wednesday).  If you’re being sensible and not drinking on a school night don’t worry you can get a pizza on its own for just £3.

With all the bases covered The Newton Arms is a belting spot to catch the Champions League.  Keep an eye on our social networks (Facebook and Twitter) to find out what matches we’re showing.

To kick things off we’re showing the play-off clash between Slovenian champions NK Maribor and the hoops this Wednesday (20 August) at 7.45pm.  Followed by the Arsenal v Besiktas match next Wednesday (27 August).

Remember to get here early to soak up the pre-match atmosphere!

Live music in Ayr – Get your Saturday night rocking at The Newton Arms!

Live music in August

Don’t Stay in on a Saturday night!  Get your Saturday night rocking at The Newton Arms!

We have a jam-packed month of live music ahead and best of all – it’s FREE!.  Come and sample some of Ayrshire’s great local live music talent from a host of hand-picked regular guests.

Where better to spend your Saturday night than at The Newton Arms?  Great music, awesome beer and even better craic.

Check our listings below for live music at The Newton Arms in August:

Is there someone you’re dying to see perform at The Newton Arms?  Or, are you a solo artist or part of a band and interested in doing a gig?  Tell us.  Call 01292 261674.


Pre and post match hospitality at The Newton Arms is a winner with Crusaders FC

Score big with The Newton Arms  – the perfect match day pub only 5 minutes from Somerset Park

At the weekend we welcomed Players, Officials and Supporters of the Crusaders Football Club from Belfast to The Newton Arms.  The pre-match lunch earned them a 1-1 draw in the pre-season friendly with Ayr United.

At The Newton Arms we have the capacity to deliver a great match day experience, even at short notice.  We’ve got all the bases covered to make your day enjoyable.

We welcome all teams and all sports to The Newton Arms.  No matter who you are or who you’re supporting we always go the extra mile to ensure that your experience is a memorable one.

The Crusaders was a last minute booking (the day before!) so we didn’t have time to get the bunting out.  We didn’t need the bunting to show them true Ayrshire hospitality though.  Before they even set foot in the pub they were welcomed with a sign at the door and inside the pub the tables were dressed with black and red table clothes to make them feel right at home.

The Players enjoyed a pre-arranged meal made especially for them – full of nutrients to set them up for the match.  Our full menu was available for everyone else – spoiling them for choice of delicious freshly prepared dishes.

On Saturday, the pub was buzzing and a great time was had by all!  Everyone came back after the match and stayed to enjoy live music from our regular guest Jeff Jeffries.  After the great craic we look forward to the Crusaders next visit!

So, whether you’re looking to feed the Players a nutritious meal before the game or you’re a Supporter and you’re looking for more than just a pint before the game we’ve got it covered.  The Newton Arms is a great place for food and can’t come highly recommended enough on Trip Advisor.

Give us a call and we can discuss food options – there might even be a special deal for you!  We can create a special menu just for you, tailored to your needs.  We can even add your teams crest to the menu like what we did for Dunfermline Athletic Football Club Supporters.

Not only do we have great food but we also have a great range of beers at reasonable prices.  Why don’t you try something different from our selection of craft beers?

We also have regular live entertainment – perfect for after the match.  Check our Facebook and Twitter to see who’s on.    If there’s no entertainment on the day you’re visiting, it’s not a problem.  Just give us a call and we can arrange some for you.

Only a five minute walk from Somerset Park we’re ideally located for pre and post match hospitality.  We have free car parking available for coaches and cars at the rear of the pub – perfect for Supporter buses dropping off and picking up.

What more could you want?

The Newton Arms is the most exciting place to be on match day!   Join us for pre and post match day hospitality.   We welcome all teams from all sports.  Call us on 01292 261674 to discuss your needs.

Glasgow Fair Weekend at The Newton Arms

If you’re going ‘doon the watter’ this weekend make sure you visit The Newton Arms

Ayr is going to be buzzing this weekend!  It’s the Glasgow Fair and when we’re being treated to this lovely weather what’s better than a day at the beach?  So, make the most of the weather – grab your flip-flops and head ‘doon the watter’.

Even if the weather turns typically Scottish (which, it most likely will!) there’s still plenty to do in Ayr.  The Newton Arms is ready for the weekend come rain or shine!

The Glasgow Fair is a traditional holiday in Glasgow dating back to the 12th century.  Originally, the Glasgow Fair was just that – an actual Fair.  People would come to buy and sell horses and cattle along with other goods as well as hire servants.

Later on the Fair became better known for its entertainment, such as circus and theatre shows.  Eventually it developed into a holiday fortnight.  Factories would close down and the workers would take their families to nearby seaside resorts like Ayr for their annual holiday, which became known as ‘doon the watter’.

Times have changed – people take their holidays scattered throughout the year and are going overseas to places like Spain and Greece.  Nonetheless, the Glasgow Fair remains a local holiday and true to tradition many Glaswegians still head down to Ayr, normally just for the day.

So, If you’re heading down to Ayr this weekend make sure you pop along to The Newton Arms.  Whether you’re a resident or visitor you’ll receive a cheery welcome!

The sea air is bound to work up your appetite so why don’t you eat with us?  We have an exciting menu full of tasty dishes that will ignite your taste buds.  This Saturday and Sunday choose any two courses from our menu for £9.95.

Don’t worry we’ve not forgot about the kids!  We have a special menu just for them that caters for even the fussiest eaters.  Good news for mum and dad there’s also some games and puzzles on the back to keep their lively minds entertained while you sit back and relax.

Being the Glasgow Fair our kitchen will also be open on Monday.  If you’re at the Glasgow Fair Family Raceday on Monday make sure you pop along – we’re only a few minutes away from Ayr Racecourse.

If you love burgers you’ll love our Newton Burger and on Monday you can get two for £12.  They’re so good you’ll probably want to eat both of them!

The Newton Arms is a fantastic family friendly pub that caters for everyone – even the dog!  The food is great, the staff are really friendly and with an excellent range of drinks you’re spoiled for choice.  With so much to offer it definitely warrants a visit during the Glasgow Fair!

Throwback Thursday- The Newton Arms past to present

Our past is the inspiration for the future: A pub that is part of the community in Ayr.

Jay Smith, Landlord of The Newton Arms offers an insight to the plans for the pub and where we’ve travelled from.

I remember Main Street in Ayr from my school days in Ayr (not that I made it across the door of course!) and always thought of it as a bustling suburb of the town with great wee shops, the cinema and a range of pubs that brought people from all over.  It really was bustling and busy.

Details of planning changes from when I first arrived in Ayr (albeit as a very young child!)

The Newton Arms at the heart of this community had always been a traditional Scottish pub and I was aware that it was an old institution.  When I decided to get back involved in Ayr and develop my business into the hospitality industry, I had plans to make a quality Bistro-Pub which local people would be proud of.  The Newton Arms was a difficult choice but I think the right one.

When I first viewed The Newton Arms in 2012 my heart sank- it was so sad to see a wonderful, traditional, Scottish pub descend into a venue which the town was not proud of and it closed its doors shortly afterwards.

A sad sight.

But there was something still there- the place was loved and it had the feel of a place that was once vibrant.  I could almost hear some of the cheers from great sporting occasions of the past; the celebrations of local events, music, song, fun and friendship.  It has a ring that old place.  The memories were in the building and they just had to be unlocked.

My vision for The Newton Arms was to bring back the kind of pub that I have enjoyed all of my life- meeting my friends for a pint after work; a mid-week, pub-lunch with colleagues to celebrate a good week; taking my family for a treat, somewhere that understands families and children but made everyone welcome; a place where the weekend is lively and exciting and you feel part of something.  This is why I am passionate about The Newton Arms: it is the kind of pub and restaurant that I want to see back at the heart of communities.  Food is important to me- it is important to everyone I’m sure! We want to provide good Scottish food with flair.  Exciting combinations and classic inspirations.  Food which will be loved by our local customers and sought-out by those visiting the area.  We want The Newton Arms to be a friendly Bistro Pub which can be used by local groups, visitors to the town and businesses.

Friends, colleagues, family- a pub for people.

Back when we took on the task, I do remember thinking we had a long way to go! We began by stripping out most of the features that had been added and clumsily modified but tried to open up some of fabric of the original building- we cleaned and added to the decoration to make it modern and fresh but still aimed for that pub I want to be my local, your local. We built a new modern kitchen that was capable of brining our food ambitions to the table- something that we believe the pub has never had.  We also made the outside beer garden user friendly- this is a great addition to the pub for the short bouts of amazing weather we are treated to in Ayr.

Now, nearly 18 months on, I believe we are on our way to making this the traditional Scottish Bistro Pub I dreamed about at the start. But we have still more to do and more to add.  If you have been in to see us then you will know what we offer- the beer is important, we’ve worked hard with suppliers from all over as well as on our doorstep and we know how important beer is to a great pub.  We have our wines and spirits that are priced reasonably- for all customers to enjoy.  We have our menu and of course, perhaps most important of all, we have our staff.

A fun and relaxed place to be.

I have been lucky in finding Patrick Stapleton as the Manager of the Newton Arms and with his brother Tony who is a Director of the company, we are bringing back traditional hospitality. Patrick has great experience of running licensed premises all over the world – not many know that he is a fluent Swedish speaker!  Between them, the brothers Stapleton lead a great team of people- people we want to welcome you and make your experience as it should be.

Before we introduced the Library area!

Liam is our Executive Chef and his ideas are creative and exciting in the kitchen with Andy as his able Deputy.  The food has evolved so much over 18 months and now, I truly feel like we can be offering some of the best food in Ayr.  You will also get a chance to meet with our regular front of house staff when you drop in- make sure you get a name, we want to know you and you us.

So, what are our plans for the next 18 months?

We want to bring more and more people into The Newton Arms and to seek their feedback and support.  We want the families bringing their kids in for a great treat.  We want the friends and family that you like to spend your time with- enjoying food, music and drinks.  We want to see businesses taking time out to have something to eat with their customers and colleagues.  We want local clubs and societies to find space in our pub for their activities.  Yes, we want to be busy but we want to be part of Ayr and your community- the more we see you, the more we can adapt to what you want and need from a local pub.  This is my vision.

We want to make The Newon Arms a big part of this community and a bustling part of Ayr once again.

A great future for a great place.


First class graduation meals at The Newton Arms

Class of 2014

Graduation 2014

Hats off to all the graduates! You’ve made it! Congratulations!

Graduation season is upon us…it’s been a long and at times stressful few years but all your hard-work has finally paid off.  Goodbye to spending late nights in the library; sitting through boring lectures and sweating over essay deadlines.  You’re free!

Graduation is an important milestone in your life.  It’s a great achievement to be proud of – for you and your parents.   It’s a celebration of an ending but also a new beginning as you’re ready to move onto the next chapter of your life.  It’s a real mixed bag of feelings as you await to find out what the ‘real world’ holds for you – you’re both excited and nervous.

Enjoy the moment and make it a memorable one!

What better way to celebrate your special day with your friends and family than at The Newton Arms.  We’re a local favourite for special occasions and celebrations well-known for great food and drinks at real value for money prices.  Our professional, attentive and friendly staff will make sure your graduation day is perfect.

Celebrate in style with us and choose two courses from our fantastic menu and enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and toast to your future.

It’s time to enjoy your new found freedom and after all your hard-work you deserve a break away.  Too skint?  Have your graduation celebration at The Newton Arms and you could be in with the chance of winning a trip to Rome for two.

Bookings are now being taken for what is guaranteed to be a busy time.  Call 01292 261674 to book your table now.

Good luck on the day and we look forward to seeing you for your post-ceremony celebration with us!


Kids eat free every weekend in June at the Newton Arms, Ayr

A finger licking feast

Planning a day out with the kids in Ayr?  We’ve got mealtime covered – kids eat free every weekend in June.

We have a special menu just for them that caters for even the fussiest of eaters!  Our tasty selection of home cooked meals are all produced using fresh, high quality, locally sourced ingredients.

Whether the kids fancy trying our delicious pulled pork sandwich or a hearty helping of homemade macaroni and cheese or something else from the menu the choice is up to them.

On the back of the menu there’s also plenty of games and puzzles to keep the lively minds entertained.

Meanwhile, you can sit back and relax and let us take care of mealtime.  The only thing you have to worry about is what to choose from our great range of dishes from our main menu - just remember to leave room for dessert!

Finding somewhere with a family atmosphere to bring the kids to is no longer difficult – we cater for all the family, even the dog!

So, come and join us this June with all the family!



The Newton Arms, Ayr – the premiere spot for all the World Cup action

Football Fever – World Cup 2014

Are you looking forward to an epic summer of sport?  We are too.  First up is the World Cup – kicking off in Brazil in just ten days time.

To celebrate the World Cup we’ve teamed up with Birra Moretti to give you the chance to win a trip for two to Rome.  Explore Rome’s ancient history; indulge in the best ice cream in the world and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish.

To enter in the prize draw to win this fabulous trip all you need to do is eat and drink at the Newton Arms.  Could it be any better?

We’re the premiere spot for all the World Cup action – we have a great range of beer at great prices, you won’t find a better atmosphere and we promise there won’t be anything blocking your view of the screen for the games.

If that isn’t perfect enough, we’ll be serving all pizzas for ONLY £4.99 and get half price on all Italian beers and cider for 72 hours every time Italy plays (available the day before and the day after as well as on the day of the match).

Competition Details

 Win a trip to Rome for two with Birra Moretti

The Competition runs throughout the entire World Cup – 12 June to 13 July.  To enter you must purchase two items from our menu (choose from either starters or mains) and two draft Birra Morettis (either pint or half pint).

You’ll get a wee card and each time you have a meal and a Birra Moretti we’ll stamp it.  Once you have two stamps we’ll enter you into the prize draw.  The winner will be picked at random and will be contacted within two days from the closing date.

Remember you need to be in it to win it!

Terms and Conditions 

Competition runs from 12 June to 13 July.  Competition prize includes flights and accommodation for two people for two days for a holiday in Rome in September.  The prize does not include travel insurance, food and drink, and personal expenditure.  No cash alternative.  Entrants must be aged 18 or over.  All entries must be received by midnight on Sunday 13 July.  The winner will be drawn at random from all entries received by the closing date.  The winner will be contacted within two days from the closing date of the prize draw.  Should the Newton Arms be unable to contact the winner or should the winner be unable to accept the prize, the Newton Arms reserves the right to award the prize to an alternative winner, drawn in accordance with these terms and conditions.  The winner may be required to participate in publicity.