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.

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.