Newport pub bucks trend and opens doors
12:20pm Tuesday 5th March 2013 in News
PLENTY of pubs have disappeared from Newport in the past few months but one landlord is attempting to fight back.
Nick Portman, 44, has worked in the pub trade in Newport for eight years, and has now taken over the Golden Hart in Cardiff Road in the city.
A passionate pub man, Mr Portman has no doubts about the importance a thriving local has in its community.
Having run the Oddfellows and Foresters in Baneswell until it was forced to close so work could begin on turning it into houses last month, Mr Portman says a good local is a key focus for the community.
“The Oddfellows was a great pub with brilliant people and fantastic staff and we are trying to capture that again at the Golden Hart. It’s about creating that great community atmosphere.
“I have seen pub trade drop off across the city but this is what I do. Running pubs is my life and I love it, it never crossed my mind to not take on another pub.”
Mr Portman also hopes to make the Golden Hart a hub for live music, thanks to help from musician Mark Pontin.
“We will have a live band every Friday. I need to say a big thank-you to Mark for that, he’s been a massive help.”