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The Vaults Cider and Ale House

14 North Gate, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1EZ, England
+44 1636 678953
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
14 North Gate, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1EZ, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of those places that you are not sure what to expect from the exterior but once you have navigated the stairs down to the bar, its a perfect spot to sample a couple of tasty ales. Great friendly staff and always a...More

Thank PorterPotter
Reviewed 22 October 2017

I had a steak - the best I can remember having at a restaurant, it can me faith back in English restaurants (previous one at been at the expensive Brownlow arm's that review later). Order the steak as sound good and more than met expectations....More

Thank powell_jonny
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

From outside it looked a bit closed and unwelcoming but push the door open and walk down the stairs and all was well. Good service. Good ales. A lovely and pleasant environment. We'll worth discovering.

1  Thank Patrick M
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Starters were nice but could have done wiv bit of salad,the mains were disappointing, and the desserts were really nice,enjoyed what we had but won't be rushing back even though the place was really nice

2  Thank steve s
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Access is not great for the elderly (like me!) but I guess they are aiming at a younger market.Lovely place, nicely fitted out with a great range of beers and ciders. A CAMRA members paradise! Great service from a welcoming and efficient member of staff

Thank Grandpathegrey
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff, delicious food, lovely setting. What more can I say. Make sure you order the sirloin and the goats cheese balls in breadcrumbs!!

Thank chh22
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Dodging the showers whilst visiting Newark with my wife and friends we found The Vaults. You feel as if you are descending into the depths, but it is cosy and welcoming venue. Good, if somewhat quirky menu, with an excellent range of real beers and...More

Thank NarrowboatDave
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is a small restaurant with excellent choice of cider and beer, with a good simple menu. Service was quick and helpful, well worth a visit.

Thank robin_obrien
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The food was very good and the staff very friendly, the ambvionce was not to my taste as it was minimalistic and I like more comfortable traditional but overall a good experience

Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Fantastic food and drink, very attentive staff and lovely ambience. As a family we had sharing starters which were chicken skewers, pork belly and ribs all cooked perfectly. The fish and chips for main was crispy and fresh and lastly the puddings were all prepared...More

Thank Claire J
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Questions & Answers
24 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Amanii B | Property representative |
Hello, yes we have a wine list comprised of wines sold both by the glass and the bottle. Thank you.
5 December 2016|
Response from Amanii B | Property representative |
Hey, thank you for getting in touch! We're fully booked on Friday 16th evening but we'd be happy to take a booking for lunchtime? You'd be welcome to email or phone us to book. Thank you!
17 October 2016|
Response from Amanii B | Property representative |
Hello, unfortunately we don't have any customer parking however Morrisons car park is literally next door and very reasonably priced. Yes there is a couple of steps to come up, then a set of stairs to get down into the pub... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$16
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 North Gate, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1EZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Nottinghamshire  >  Newark-on-Trent
  • Phone Number: +44 1636 678953
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The Vaults is Newark's first Cider and Ale House and is situated in old cellars on Newark's historic Northgate within walking distance of Newark Castle, the River Trent and the unique charm of Newark town centre. Newark is nationally recognised for many things including its role in the Civil War but one of the most exciting developments of recent years is that of the Real Ale Trail which has been embraced with enthusiasm by those who appreciate the quality of fine beers who are more than willing to support the huge growth in microbrewing over the last few years. The Vaults is owned by David and Toni Birch. David has spent his adult life developing his appreciation of Real Ales and has in fact spent many hours perfecting this appreciation at hostleries around the UK. For David however this has become more than a leisure pastime and he has been involved in running pubs and clubs for many years most recently as a Director of UK Bar Services Ltd (along with your author Toni) who provide mobile bar facilities for a variety of events throughout the country and in recent years have been providing bars at major Country and Game Fairs at prestigious venues around the UK. Working at these different venues has given us the opportunity to work with local microbreweries to provide great local ales in each area. Recently in response to demand we have introduced traditional Cask Ciders which have proved to be as popular as the Ales. In 2014 we were looking to expand in a different direction and these cellars had just become available. We had visited previously and fallen in love with this unique building so when we saw it was available it took a quick conversation in a pub garden (where else?) over a pint of Ale (what else?) to decide that this was the venue for us. David takes his beers seriously, training with Cask Marque and installing new cellar facilities to ensure that they are kept and served to the high standards expected of Cask Marque and the Campaign for Real Ale. We are also passionate about using and supporting local suppliers wherever possible and although we supply a variety of Lagers, Beers,Ales and Ciders to suit all tastes, our emphasis is on supporting those made in the traditional way with as few beer miles as possible. The Vaults is managed on a day to day basis by our daughter Amanii and her partner David (known as Dav, too confusing!) Amanii has helped out at UK Bar Services since she can remember, helping collect glasses and then as she grew older learned the business from serving customers to learning install of equipment, logistical management and running large individual events. Having met Dav in Leeds they both went to Austria in 2013 to the European Bartender School both graduating with flying colours. After more travelling they have now returned to run The Vaults back in Newark. Together we bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion about our town, our venue and our products that are the foundation of our business.
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