I only went into one pub, and this was it.
The Hobgoblin is on the main Market Square, in an timber-framed building.
Inside there are proper blackened beams, and a flagstoned floor, and wooden tables.
It serves real ale (Wychwood).
The Camra guide suggests it caters mainly for younger people, and certainly the television and loud music inside gave that impression.
It could be a really atmospheric and pleasant place to visit.
But not a place I'd go back to. Not ideal for quiet pints and chatting and quite a lot of loud behaviour for a Saturday afternoon, I thought.
Strays is a rather good bookshop, and has a cafe attached.
Long and thin, with newspapers available to read, it is clearly very popular with locals. There is a small courtyard area with tables (and a gazebo/tent thing too, because it is the UK and one can never be sure of the weather).
There is a wide variety of sandwiches and panini available, good coffee (Fairtrade) in a number of different types and flavours, other drinks of course (including 'dandelion and burdock', which I haven't seen for years!)..and a wide-range of obviously home-made and entirely tempting cakes.
I had a beef & onion sandwich (with salad and crisps) and a chunk of 'rocky road' (see photo). Excellent value for 4.90GBP.
Super place, super sandwiches....and truly superb cakes! :-)
The bookshop is good too!
This is a friendly restaurant that operates from 9.00am until 5.00pm. It serves an all-day breakfast and light snacks (sandwiches, jacket potatoes, etc.), teas/coffees. However, the real plus is that during the times when the Palace Theatre (on the opposite side of the street) has performances, it offers a pre-theatre dinner. This is a set menu of three courses for £8.00. The night we went we had pate and toast (with a fabulous onion jam), chicken salad, fresh fruit pie. It was all absolutely first-class. Very well presented. During the day the restaurant looks more like a cafe but for the evening the place is transformed with cloth table cloths, flowers, candles and so on. There is no licence but one is encouraged to bring one's own wine/beer. And there is NO corkage charge!
Zizzi's is a chain of restaurants that serve Italian style food and can be found in most English cities. The Newark one is located in the historic Ossington Coffee Palace, a perfect copy of a 17th century hostelry erected in 1882.
Favorite Dish: The pizza's here are cooked in a wood-fired oven and taste as good as those I've had in Italy which is a big complement.