Bar in church ready to open

By Martin Neville

Saturday, May 17, 2014

 

Bar in church ready to open

Bar associate Courtney Bolden pulling a pint at The Man in the Moon. Picture by Laura Holme.

PUB operator JD Wetherspoon is set to open its new venue in Newport next week, with the creation of 70 new jobs.

The company has spent £1.86 million developing the former Temptation nightclub in St James’s Street.

Named The Man in the Moon, the pub will be managed by Tony Duncan. The jobs will be a mixture of full and part-time and include management, bar and kitchen staff.

The site was once the Newport Congregational Church and has been home to several bars since the sale of the church in 2002. Designed by Francis Pouget, the Gothic-style Great Chapel was built in 1848.

The trustees had secured the plot for £500-5s, and, in 1818, it was described in legal documents as the plot formerly known as The Man in the Moon.

It was recorded by that name in 1739 and many years earlier in the will of John Hopkins Gent of Newport, dated October 14, 1680.

The new-look pub, which is on two floors, will feature one bar, a specially adapted toilet for people with disabilities as well as a beer garden to the front of the building.

Photographs, local history, commissioned artwork by Island artists and information boards relating to events, history and characters of the area will be displayed in the pub, which will specialise in real ales.

The artwork includes photography by Newport-born Ainsley Bennett, as well as Chris Weston, watercolour drawing by Barry Ecuyer, oil on canvas by Lorna Seaward and two pieces by Celia Wilkinson.

The pub opens on Tuesday.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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