A NEW delicatessen will open across the river from Friars Walk in Newport next month.

The owners of Monusk Deli say it will be inspired by the history of Newport Ship, with food and drink from a range of associated area’s – including the Iberian Peninsula.

“Our intention is to pay homage to the rich medieval trade routes of the Newport Ship,” said owner Finn Nesbitt.

“The Basque-built ship traded extensively with Portugal, Spain, France and this region.

“Evidence of racks and racks of Portuguese wine have been discovered for instance and we would love to continue that colourful trade between these regions.

“We want to rekindle this proud history through showcasing the delicious food and drink of these areas.

“We’ll be providing as much local produce as possible and already have the plans for local sourdough bread, cakes, cheese, pies, eggs, milk, cider and craft ale.”

He added: “We also plan to offer a new kind of casual dining and drinking experience for Newport with a counter selection of freshly prepared pintxos.

“We want to offer something new and different and get people to appreciate the quality of local food producers.”

The deli cafe will open on Millennium Walk in mid August.

For more information on the deli cafe, visit the website monusk.com/