Coronavirus 2020

Coronavirus 2020

We are very aware and mindful of our customers’ concerns in relation to the worldwide outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

We would like to reassure our customers that we are proactively taking the necessary precautions, including not leaving cutlery in public spaces, issuing disposable menus and removing sauce and salt and pepper bottles from the tables. It is a work in progress but we are doing all that we can to help combat the spread of the virus within our pubs.

We’d ask that customers are also mindful to ensure the wellbeing of others. For example remembering to wash your hands before and after eating (sing happy birthday while washing hands).

We want to ensure visiting us is an enjoyable experience as always. Thank you for understanding and cooperating at this time.

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March at The Bargeman’s Rest

March at The Bargeman’s Rest

Hello, March is well and truly upon us. Below you can check out our upcoming live music schedule, hear about some exciting upcoming events and be tempted by our delicious menu. Read on to find out more.

Live music this month

If you are planning a visit to The Bargeman’s Rest be sure to see our upcoming live music schedule for March. We have a whole host of great local musicians to keep you entertained the whole month through.

Here are some of the great artists you can expect to see this month…

JC Jazz Trio:

Join us at The Bargeman’s Rest on the 29th March for a relaxed Sunday afternoon of Traditional Jazz between 1pm – 3pm. Mark Thomas will be on the banjo/ ukulele/vocals. Jon Thorne – double bass. Sándor Sztankovics – Drums.

Claydon Connor:

Claydon regularly achieves success on the road with an instant stage presence, engaging his audience from start to finish.


An acoustic duo based in the South of the UK, playing a mixture of covers to suit all tastes.

Plus so much more! Be sure to keep an eye on our live music database for more information on upcoming artists. As always its free entry and everyone is welcome!


Other upcoming events:

The Friendly Frolic – 8th March

The Friendly Frolic is back for 2020. The Frolic is a casual, fun, no-pressure run.  It is a set of loops that you choose to run, from the pub.  

Run as much or as little as you like, then chill out at the Bargeman’s Rest and enjoy the refreshments.


Mother’s Day – 22nd March

Does your mum deserve a special treat this Mother’s Day? Why not bring her to The Bargeman’s Rest for a relaxing afternoon of great food, live music and fine wine?

We will be serving our usual delicious main menu from 12noon as well as our daily specials board. We cater to a number of dietary requirements including gluten free, vegan and vegetarian so there is something for everyone.

To book your table give us a call on 01983 525828


Why not spoil her with a bottle of bubbly? We have a tempting selection, including…

Lunetta Prosecco Spumante NV (200ml bottle) £7.25

Lunetta Rose Spumante  (200ml bottle) £7.25

Prosecco Brut (Bottle) £23.50

Champagne Brut (Bottle) £42.50


What’s on at our sister pubs this month?

The Steamer Inn turns 20! 13th – 17th – March

This year marks 20 years since our sister pub The Steamer Inn on Shanklin seafront first opened its doors. A true Isle of Wight family-owned and family-run pub, The Steamer has been a firm fixture on Shanklin Esplanade ever since. To mark this milestone the team at The Steamer will be throwing a five day long birthday celebration.

Enjoy live entertainment, with music from talented local musicians each day, a themed specials board with yummy dishes that were popular back in the 2000s as well as 20% off selected drinks throughout the celebration.

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February at The Bargeman’s

February at The Bargeman’s Rest

Things are as wonderful as ever here at The Bargeman’s Rest, great food, real ales and live music, all by the river. Here you can see our upcoming live music schedule for February 2020, hear about what’s on this month and get some Valentine’s Day inspiration.

Live music this month

Is a visit to The Bargeman’s long overdue? Join us this February for a fantastic line-up of local live music. See our upcoming schedule below or visit our live music database for more information.

Homemade soup day

Did you know that Tuesday 4th February is National Homemade Soup Day? Well, now you do. If you love soup as much as we do then be sure to celebrate this comforting dish by enjoying a generous bowl of our homemade soup of the day with some delicious crusty bread and butter. Check out our daily specials board in the bar to see what the soup of the day is on your next visit.

Not a soup fan? That’s ok we have a large and varied menu catering to a number of dietary requirements including, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian. See our main menu.

Valentine’s Day

What are your plans this Valentine’s Day? If you are wanting to impress that special someone with a delicious meal, live music and a drink or two of their favourite tipple, why not book yourself a table at The Bargeman’s Rest?

The perfect romantic dinner spot alongside the river, enjoy live music by Gypsy Jazz from 8:30pm on the night and don’t forget to check out our yummy specials board.

Share an indulgent ice cream sundae in a whole variety of flavours such as the jaffa smasher, strawberry shortcake, nuts about fudge, rocky road and more!

Give us a call on 01983 525828 to book your table today

The perfect proposal

This February is a leap year, meaning two things, there is an extra day for you to enjoy at The Bargeman’s, we even have live music from the Teetotalers from 8:30pm. It is also ‘Bachelor’s Day’ an Irish tradition on a Leap Day allowing women to initiate dances and propose marriage. If you are planning to pop the question this leap year or know someone who is, why not book The Bargeman’s Rest for a cracking engagement party? Easy to get to, plenty of nearby parking, an extensive bar and function menu it’s the perfect venue to celebrate such a momentous occasion. See our function room options.

‘Pianothon’ Success with Mike Grist at The Bargeman’s Rest

‘Pianothon’ Success with Mike Grist at The Bargeman’s Rest

Did you join us here at The Bargeman’s Rest on the 12th January 2020 to help support our friend Mike Grist in raising money for the South Wight Youth Theatre? 

Mike is a local pianist performing across the Island with a varied music style. His 12 hour Pianothon here at The Bargeman’s Rest was in aid of raising money and awareness for the South Wight Youth Theatre, a young persons charity providing drama coaching and performance opportunities for young people up to the age of 18 right here on the Isle of Wight.

Mike preformed for 12 hours straight from 10:30am – 10:30pm keeping our lovely customers entertained throughout the day and raising a fantastic £1,250 for the charity, Well done Mike! 

On his Facebook @mikegristmusic he thanked all who attended and donated, by saying: 

Dear all, I must give thanks to all of those who contributed to last week’s Pianothon. The whole 12 hours was completed, and I must give thanks to Jane Gibbs and Dan from the Bargeman’s, to the band of merry men (and women) who stayed ‘TIL the end, and also those members of South Wight Youth Theatre who appeared during the day. Thanks to some VERY generous donations, I managed to raise £1250.00. I am a very happy man. Thank you all.

Be sure to visit his Facebook to be kept up to date with any future gigs and don’t forget to give The Bargeman’s Rest a follow too, to hear about all the upcoming live entertainment. 

Visit our live music database to see our upcoming schedule of local live music right here throughout the week.

January 2020 at The Bargeman’s Rest

January 2020 at The Bargeman’s Rest

HAPPY NEW YEAR! From all of the team here at The Bargeman’s Rest we wish you all the best for 2020 and we hope to see you all here soon for another amazing year of great food, real ale, fine wine and live music. Hear about this month’s live music line-up, get some inspiration for that special occasion coming up this month and more. Keep reading to find out more.

Live Music

Head on down to The Bargeman’s this month to relax, enjoy some delicious food and listen to some great live music from local artists. See our line-up for the month below.

Visit our full live music schedule for more information

Bargeman's live music posters January 2020

Fill your belly

Nothing beats a cosy pub when it’s cold outside. Escape the chill and head to the Bargeman’s Rest where you can enjoy a hearty meal. We boast a large, varied menu with a plethora of yummy dishes to suit a range of tastes and dietary requirements. We even have a separate kids menu. View our main menu today.


The perfect venue for your special occasion

Do you have a special event coming up in 2020? Are you looking for the perfect venue to host it? The Bargeman’s Rest offers a characterful venue suitable for all occasions. Situated right alongside the River Medina in the heart of Newport it’s close to all major transport links and car parks, making it easily accessible. Visit our events page or give us a call for more information.


Be sure to like our Facebook page to be kept the most up to date with everything going on here at The Bargeman’s Rest.

November 2019 at The Bargeman’s Rest

November 2019 at The Bargeman’s Rest

Join us down at Newport Quay this November for live music, delicious food, real ales and a fantastic atmosphere. Read on to hear about our upcoming live music schedule and some winter activity inspiration.

Upcoming Live music

Escape the wind and rain and cosy up at The Bargeman’s Rest where you can enjoy a filling meal, a drink (or two) of your favourite tipple and live music throughout the week. Check out our November line-up below. Be sure to like our Facebook page to be kept up to date with all our upcoming events.

Bargeman's Rest Live Music - November

November inspiration

There is loads to do in and around Newport in the winter months, check out some of our suggestions below…

Christmas shopping

Head on into Newport for a day of Christmas shopping. Find that perfect gift in one of the many shops along the high street. Once you have shopped till you’ve dropped head to The Bargeman’s Rest for a well earned break and a delicious meal. Click here to see our full main menu.


Winter walks and cycles

If you’re looking to get some more exercise this winter season there are many lovely trails for you to explore. The Bargeman’s Rest sits right along the Newport to Cowes cycle trail. The Red Squirrel trail is along an old railway line, the first railway opened on the Isle of Wight. For most of this trail you can pedal right alongside the Medina Estuary, with an old railway bridge taking you right over Dodnor Creek, affording great views of the surrounding local nature reserve. Stop in at The Bargeman’s Rest and take advantage of our cosy bar, snuggle up and enjoy a hot drink and a well earned meal.


October 2019 at The Bargeman’s Rest

October 2019 at The Bargeman’s Rest

Hello, can you believe it’s October already? Join us here by the river at The Bargeman’s Rest for special events, live music, real ales and of course great food. Read on to hear about what’s on this month.

Live Music

Enjoy a whole line-up of live music this month. Savour a delicious meal and then stick around for a drink or two whilst you enjoy the best of live local music. See our schedule of live music below or visit our live music database for more information.

Bargemans live music posters - October

Beer and Buses Weekend at The Bargeman’s Rest

12th & 13th October
Join us here at The Bargeman’s Rest over the Beer and Buses Weekend, the perfect base to start your Island tour.

Enjoy a vast selection of real ales with our real ale festival, running over the weekend. A huge menu of delicious home-cooked pub dishes and breakfast being served from 0900 both days. Not forgetting a brilliant line-up of live music, setting the perfect atmosphere to kick off your weekend.

If you want to take part in this year’s Beer and Buses weekend, pick up your programme at the bar today for just £7.00.

Don’t miss out on 15% off all drinks over the Beer and Buses weekend when you present an official Beer and Buses guide at the bar.

For more information visit the Beer and Buses website.

October 2019 at The Bargeman’s Rest

Christmas functions by the river

Are you planning a special Christmas party this holiday season? Why not book a wonderful Christmas meal here at The Bargeman’s Rest? Click here to download our 2019 Christmas menu and booking form or contact Dan/Debbie on 01983 525828 for more information. Pre-booking is essential and spaces are limited so be sure to book ASAP to avoid any disappointment.

October 2019 at The Bargeman’s Rest

What else is on?

Pottery for beginners
Quay Arts
Tuesday’s 7pm
Friday’s 10am
Looking for something fun to do with your friends this month? Or maybe you’re interested in taking up a new hobby? Why not try a beginners pottery class at The Quay arts. Just down the road from us here at The Bargeman’s Rest, work up an appetite with a fun craft session before relaxing and filling your belly with some yummy food. Visit the Quay Arts website for more information.

Lost Voice Guy: I’m only in it for the parking
Medina Theatre
6th October
You can’t beat a good comedy show. Enjoy an early dinner at The Bargeman’s Rest before taking a lovely stroll up to Medina Theatre to see ‘The Lost Voice Guy’ you might know him from Britain’s Got Talent, The Lost Voice Guy Aka Lee Ridley is the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid. His cutting edge material combines the political and personal with razor-sharp observations about disability and daily life. Visit Medina Theatre’s website for more details.

Halloween Extravaganza
Arreton Barns
29th, 30th, 31st October
Calling all little witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls, Arreton Barns ‘Fang-tastic’ Halloween Extravaganza will be returning for another year of ‘spooktacular’ family fun. Adhorn your best fancy dress to be in for a chance of winning the prize for best costume and enjoy three days of brilliant Halloween themed activities from 29th – 31st October, including pumpkin carving, ghost walks, monster parties and much more. Enjoy Lunch at The Bargeman’s Rest before catching the number 8 bus out to Arreton Barns and enjoying a day’s worth of activities.

Arreton Barns - Halloween Extravaganza

September 2019 at The Bargeman’s Rest

September 2019 at The Bargeman’s Rest

Hello, welcome to September at The Bargeman’s Rest. The autumn months are fast upon us, we might be waving goodbye to summer but there is still lots to see and do, not forgetting that you can always count on us for a great meal before or after your days activities.

Check out our local live music line-up for September, get some lunchtime inspiration and hear about some of the events that you can look forward to this month.

Live Music

Keeping the atmosphere alive into the autumn months we have another great line-up of live music ready for the month ahead. Check it out below to see who will be keeping you entertained. As always, be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest news and visit our website for more information.

Bargemans live music posters_September

What else is on?

Medina Theatre

Believe – The Cher Songbook
27th September
Cher fan? After a satisfying dinner at The Bargeman’s why not head to Medina Theatre on the 27th September for Believe – The Cher Songbook performance. A Cher tribute act that is bound to get you bopping along.

For more information and to book your tickets visit

Quay Arts – Comedy Night

21st September
Just down the road from us is the Quay Arts centre, a great hub for creative performances and art exhibitions. This month, why not join them on the 21st September for a comedy evening from 8pm?

The Bargeman’s is the perfect place for a pre or post show drink, you can book your tickets today by visiting their website.

Sweetcorn Fayre

From Newport bus station catch the number 8 Southern Vectis bus to Arreton and head to Arreton Barns for the annual Sweetcorn Fayre from the 28th – 29th September. This ever popular weekend long event is now in its 13th year and is the perfect way to say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn!

Two whole days of family friendly entertainment including live music, snail racing, stalls, crafts, HTP cooking demos and of course the star of the show, sweetcorn! Plus so much more.

Why not grab breakfast at The Bargeman’s Rest before catching the bus to all the action? For more information be sure to visit

Sweetcorn Fayre

Lunchtime cravings

Being in the heart of Newport, close to the town centre and major transport links, it’s no wonder that The Bargeman’s is a popular spot to enjoy a filling lunchtime meal or light bite. We have a great menu that is served all day with lots of tempting options including, sharing platters, sandwiches and baguettes, jacket potatoes, ploughman’s and more! See our full main menu here

All day breakfast by the river

All day breakfast by the river

If you’re heading to the Isle of Wight this month and are wondering where you can find a cosy venue that serves that much desired full English breakfast that you so crave. The Bargeman’s Rest is the perfect location to enjoy breakfast. Nestled alongside the river Medina, making for a lovely atmosphere, it is only a five minute walk from Newport town centre and the main bus station, so fill your belly before heading off on your Island adventures. An added bonus is that The Bargeman’s breakfast is served all day! After all who wants to get up early when on holiday?

Our delicious filling breakfast consists of local butcher’s sausage, smoked bacon, free-range fried egg served with grilled tomato, mushrooms & baked beans, fried bread or toast and a mug of tea or coffee. Depending on your appetite, there are three options to choose from:

  • The Tug x1 of sausage, bacon and egg
  • The Barge x2 of sausage, bacon and egg
  • The Titanic x3 of sausage, bacon and egg

We also have a vegetarian breakfast available for those veggies among you. Ask at the bar for more details. We can’t wait to see you all here soon.

All day breakfast by the river

What’s on in Newport this August?

Summer at The Bargeman’s Rest just wouldn’t be complete without a cracking line-up of live music to get your feet tapping, see our full schedule.

What’s on in Newport this August?

Live music in the heart of Newport

Summer at The Bargeman’s Rest just wouldn’t be complete without a cracking line-up of live music to get your feet tapping, see our full schedule below. Be sure to keep an eye on Facebook @BargemansRest to be kept up to date with all the latest news.

If you’re looking for some inspiration of where to head after visiting us at The Bargeman’s there is no shortage of places to see and things to do this month.

Bargeman's Live Music Poster - August 2019

10 – 17 August – Cowes Week
One of the UK’s longest running sporting events, Cowes week returns this year for a whole week of fun. With great transport links through to Cowes, Newport is a great base to park up and get the bus through to all the action. Enjoy a drink or two by the river before catching the number one bus to Cowes and experiencing everything the regatta has to offer.

22 August – Newport illuminated carnival
Newport comes alive, enjoy this traditional carnival as it lights up the streets with a vibrant parade, fun for the whole family. Here at The Bargeman’s Rest is the perfect place to start your evening. 

30 August 6:00pm – Medina Theatre – The Little Mix Experience
Four talented ladies pay tribute to one of the UK’s most popular girl bands. With dance routines, replica costumes and breathtaking vocals, a fantastically enjoyable evening. Grab an early dinner here at The Bargeman’s before taking a stroll up through Seaclose park to the theatre. 

31 August 7:30pm – Apollo Theatre – Comedy Murder Mystery ‘It Could Be Any One Of Us’
Are you a fan of murder mystery? This unique parody of the genre, set in a faded Victorian folly, occupied by the dysfunctional Chalke family is bound to amuse and entertain you. Just a short five minute walk from us here at The Bargeman’s we’re the perfect stop for a pre-show drink. For more information visit

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