The Trewen Arms

The Trewern Arms
Nevern, Nr. Newport, Pembrokeshire, SA42 0NB

Traditional Inn’s flavoursome portions are a delight

SAT alongside the bank of a small river, The Trewern Arms is a
traditional inn set in the picturesque village of Nevern.

As a child I spent many holidays in the village and have happy
memories of splashing about in the river in my leaky red wellies and
visiting the wide and windy Newport beach nearby.

I remember being taken into the Trewern Arms as a treat, where we
played pool and drank pop.

Now, finding myself living nearby, I was keen to venture back to try
the highly-recommended Riverside Steakhouse and Fish Grill housed

In terms of decor, not a great deal appears to have changed. Walking
into an eating area, which is bustling with tourists and locals alike,
you pass the open kitchen, which serves bar snacks and generous
portions of traditional pub grub. Venture further and you find the bar
and beyond that a snug with wooden benches covered in comfy cushions.

We ate in the restaurant, a large bright and airy room, again
traditional in decor with decorated plates adorning the walls and
trinkets on the windowsills, all adding to the homely and welcoming
feel of the place.

We were greeted warmly by our waitress, who was happy to take time to
discuss the menu, informing us of the specials and making several good

I started with the homemade pumpkin and butternut squash soup (£4.50),
which was rich, thick and sweet.

My partner chose the cockles and bacon in a white wine sauce with a
cheese topping (£5.25). This proved to be extremely flavoursome, with
plenty of cockles in a deliciously rich and creamy sauce, with the
bacon giving just the right hit of salt. Both starters were served
with wedges of fresh bread, both white and brown.

On to the main event and, keen to try the much talked-about steak, I
opted for the surf and turf, an 8oz sirloin steak with tiger prawns
(£16.50), whilst my companion went for the New Yorker, again 8oz, but
a ribeye topped with bacon and melted cheese (£16.95).

Food is locally sourced, with the meat coming from the butcher in
Newport, who as we quickly discovered, provides the biggest 8oz steaks
we’d ever seen!

They were cooked to perfection and served with chunky hand-cut chips,
corn on the cob, mushrooms and sauté onions and leeks – these were not
meals for the fainthearted.

To my amazement, my companion still had room for pudding and selected
chocolate fudge cake, which was served warm with a sweet vanilla ice
cream (£4). Rich and sticky sweet, just as it should be.

By the time we left, this popular restaurant was buzzing, as the
friendly staff coped well with a large booking of more than 20 guests
happily celebrating a birthday party.

Sam Moon

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