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.

If you’re heading to Ayr for the Burns an’ a’ that! Festival this weekend make sure you visit the Newton Arms

Dram O’Shanter

 It’s a hectic bank holiday weekend in Ayr this weekend!  It’s that time of year again where Ayr hosts its annual Burns an’ a’ that! Festival – a celebration of the man, the music and the legacy.

This year is extra special as the festival celebrates its thirteenth anniversary and Scotland’s Year of Homecoming.  The festival begins on Friday and runs right through to Monday with plenty to do for all of the family.

Pay tribute to the best known Scottish poet Robert Burns in Ayr this weekend and raise a dram or two at the Newton Arms – a family friendly bar in the heart of Burns country.

For this weekend only you can get a dram of Tobermory 10 year old malt whiskey for ONLY £1.50.  If you’re not a whiskey drinker don’t worry we have a great range of drinks with plenty for you to choose from.

As well as great drinks the Newton Arms does great food.  Haggis, tatties and neeps is the quintessential Scottish dish that should be served up for a Burns celebration.  We love haggis at the Newton Arms and Robert Burns was also a big fan of the great chieftain o’ the pudding-race so much so that he dedicated an entire ode to it.

This weekend we’ll be dishing up haggis, neeps and tatties (vegetarian option available) in the pub for the small price of £3.95.  If you fancy something different why don’t you try Balmoral chicken with potatas bravas or vegetarian haggis and butternut squash lasagna or haggis, roast chicken and jalapeño pizza?

So, if you’re heading to Ayr for the Burns an’ a’ that! Festival this weekend make sure you visit the Newton Arms for a dram or two and a hearty fare.

On Sunday we also have a free music event so if you don’t fancy the park on Sunday come and join us.  From 4pm to 7pm we have a live acoustic session with a variety of musicians performing.


A blooming great pub to visit

Visit the Newton Arms in Ayr this May bank holiday

How great are bank holidays?  Everyone is buzzing and going bank holiday bananas; it’s a time where you can catch up with friends and family and if you’re lucky enough you don’t need to worry about work on Monday morning. 

The May Day bank holiday is upon us.  May Day is mostly associated as a celebration of spring time fertility and is traditionally celebrated with Morris dancing, the crowning of a May Queen and dancing round a Maypole with ribbons.

If you’re looking for somewhere to go this weekend the Newton Arms in Ayr is a blooming good place to visit.  If our past bank holiday celebrations are anything to go by then you’re in for a treat.

We don’t have a Maypole or a May Queen or any Morris Dancers but tradition aside we have a special weekend ahead that promises to be no less fun filled.  We welcome back the Newton Arms favourites the Lounge Lizards on Saturday night at 9pm and on Sunday we launch our acoustic sessions with a selection of live acoustic musicians performing every Sunday between 4pm and 7pm. 

The spring weather has woken us from our winter hibernation and is calling us into beer gardens.  Come and relax in our beautiful beer garden this weekend and if the weather decides to be typically Scottish don’t worry it’s heated.

Don’t forget we also have a delicious new menu for you to try and for this weekend only we have extended our two gourmet pizzas for £10 deal so it’s also available Saturday and Sunday.

Speaking of pizzas…After the success of our January Sale voucher we’ve hatched another great promotion.  This time if you buy our May Sale voucher for £10 you’ll get two gourmet pizzas and any draft beer (or soft drink).  With a 50% saving you’d be mad not to take advantage of this fantastic deal.  Purchase your May Sale voucher today!

If you haven’t already done so then now is the time to try one of our amazing gourmet pizzas from our new menu.  Our pizzas are freshly prepared and stoned baked in the oven.  The only issue is – what one to try first from our tasty and creative range of toppings?  Will you choose haggis, roast chicken and jalapeño or will you have chorizo, peppers, Spanish black pudding, basil and BBQ sauce? 

Join us and celebrate the May Day bank holiday with us – relax in our beer garden, enjoy live music and take advantage of our two gourmet pizzas for £10 deal this weekend.

Ayr United v Dunfermline Athletic pre and post match deals

As the final few games of a fantastic season come towards us, Ayr United v Dunfermline Athletic is a great day out for fans of black and white!

Pub near Somerset Park- great food, great deals

We look forward to welcoming the DAFC supporters as well as our locals into a Spring, Easter weekend with the prospect of sunshine and a great afternoon of football.  As many of our staff have a connection to both Ayr United and Dunfermline Athletic, we have developed a special menu to welcome our friends from the east- with our pizza and beer deal paying special homage to the great DA!

Please join us before or after the match on Saturday and feel welcomed to The Newton Arms- a family friendly pub just minutes from Somerset Park.  There is a large car park to the rear of the pub as well as plenty of on-street parking.

Celebrate the black and white with The Newton Arms.

Scottish Grand National Weekend in Ayr- top tips

A superb tip for The Newton Arms Handicap ChaseAs a fantastic weekend of top-class racing gets underway for the Scottish Grand National Weekend in Ayr, The Newton Arms is delighted to be playing a part by sponsoring the final race of the day on Friday.

We are excited to be involved again and know that there is a great day out for everyone in store.  Ahead of our race, we spoke to top-tipster and former-footballer Stuart Lovell to get his thoughts on our chances- and we’ve got the nod of approval for Stuart’s choice of runner (if you’re interested!).

He has taken some time out from a busy schedule planning the PFA Annual Awards to take a glance at the form, runners and riders.  As a former professional footballer with a long career at top clubs in England and Scotland, Stuart’s passion for sport has always been there.  For those in the know, Stuart is also one of Scotland’s best-known racing enthusiasts and has played a part in presenting racing coverage for broadcast as well as offering his thoughts across a range of top-level publications.  He loves his racing and is a keen supporter of the Scottish racecourses as well as travelling throughout the UK.
We asked Stuart to take a glance at the options for the 5.25 today and he’s come back with some interesting advice:

“I normally study the form for longer than the 2 mins I have today but here’s what I came up with: Howizee.  Won this race in 2012 and 2nd last year.  Looks like a decent each-way bet!”

So, you can follow our lead or take your pick from the fantastic horses, riders and trainers involved in this race today.  Win or lose we’d love to see you back at The Newton Arms for some great hospitality, delicious new menu and of course, one or two drinks!

Hoof it down to the Newton Arms this weekend for Scottish Grand National at Ayr racecourse

Scottish Grand National Festival Friday 11 April & Saturday 12 April

There’s an air of excitement in Ayr this week! It’s that time of year again. We’ve had our pre-run at Aintree and now the dust has settled it’s onto the next big thing on the sporting calendar – the Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr racecourse.

The two day festival opens on Friday 11 April and this year we’re proud to be sponsoring one of the races, which is aptly named ‘The Newton Arms Bistro Handicap Hurdle’.

Taking place each year in April the Scottish Grand National is the biggest day of the year in the Scottish horse racing calendar. It’s also a big social occasion so whether or not you’re a racing expert the Scottish Grand National is an enjoyable two days for everyone. And, it’s the Easter Holidays, what better way to spend it than a family day out at the races.

The Scottish Grand National was originally called ‘the West of Scotland Grand National’ and was held at a racecourse near Houston, Renfrewshire from 1858 until 1866. In 1867 the race moved to Bogside racecourse in Irvine until it was closed in 1965. The following year it moved to Ayr racecourse and has been held at Ayr ever since, much to our delight!

If you enjoy the social aspect of the races you’ll be accustomed to pre and post race drinks. The Newton Arms offers a great race day experience so why queue for something to eat from a van at the races when you can enjoy fabulous hospitality and get a taste of our delicious new menu?

We’re perfect for families and we’re only 5 minutes from Ayr racecourse. We’ve got a fantastic new menu, great range of craft beers and real ales, large heated and secured beer garden and you can even bring the dog along! And, because it’s a big weekend here in Ayr this weekend we’re running our burger and drink for £6.99 deal. We also have live music on Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm.

Make this weekend one to remember. Come and enjoy the fun!