By Jo Attard

    A kiss away from the Newport Station this little venue is on the dot for entertainment. They often have big name music and comedy acts, last week Peter Helliar was on the plinth standing up to a sold out crowd.

    We were there for the barefoot bowls however, and as rookie rollers it took some practice to get up to speed on the right technique, but with free bowls and tuition it wasn’t long before we were getting some good grass.

    In terms of meals, the menu changes frequently with a variety of weekly specials but you can expect all the classics done well. We ordered the fish, Parma, steak, and marinated lamb chops which all came with a measure of crispy chips and generous serving of fresh green salad.

    The porterhouse steak was the most expensive item on the menu at $29 but did not disappoint and the fish was moist and flaky with the right amount of crunch. Other bistro favourites include chicken scaloppini, spaghetti carbonara, vegetarian frittata and a Cajun chicken salad with many items costing as little as $19. There’s a kids menu and the bar offers an uncomplicated range of drinks at pocket friendly prices.

    Overall the experience was friendly and fuss free. The regulars were welcoming and provided lots of bowling advice in a relaxed vibe that’s worth putting it in your pocket for a Friday night when cooking can go in the ditch!

    The Newport Bowls Club
    4 Market St Newport.

    The bistro is open Thursday–Saturday from 5pm.

    Follow their Official Newport Bowls Club facebook page for all their special events and news.

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