Cobblers in Newent is the original of a trio of Cobblers micropubs. The other two, in Cinderford and Coleford have recently changed hands, as owner Ian decided to focus his attention on his first establishment in Newent which he opened in February 2013.
It’s a small, friendly arrangement, with a group of loyal regulars. Ales are served from jacket cooled casks that sit at the side of a small bar counter. When I visited, three different ales were on offer, all of them very competitively priced. There seemed to be a preference for weaker session beers rather than the variety of beers found at many micropubs, but that might just be a reflection on what was on offer when I visited.
Ciders and Perries are also available (the Newent area is famous for being the origin of Perry Pears).
The interior is small, split-level and furnished with regular tables and chairs.
I like the way that this place adheres well to the original tenets of the micropub movement: No lager, no keg, and mobile phone use discouraged. A sign on the wall says “We don’t need wi-fi – we talk to each other” !
A great little micropub, in a lovely small town that I had previously never heard of.