Another Summer on the Vineyard has come to an end. Restaurants are closing left and right now that Columbus day has come and gone. This is the time of year on the Vineyard when you call a restaurant and cross your fingers that someone answers the phone. A decent spot that is opened year round in Edgartown is The Newes from America Pub. “The Newes” as most call it is located on the bottom floor, or may as well say the basement, of the Kelley House hotel. The Kelley House was built in 1742 so, needless to say it’s an old building. It’s right in the middle of Edgartown so it’s a great hotel to stay at and gets good reviews.
The Newes goes for the old english pub feel. There are some different choices on the menu including bangers and mash and roquefort stilettos (French Toast bread topped with roquefort and bacon). What the hell is roquefort you ask? I have no idea but wikipedia tells me it’s a sheep milk blue cheese from Southern France. The Newes has main stream things too such as fish n chips, a reuben, and even hot dogs. I have never had a bad meal at The Newes. That being said I have never had an unbelievable meal here. One warning – Since it’s in the basement it’s a pretty dark place. Good place to go if you’re having a bad hair day. They do have limited outside seating if you’re afraid of the dark.
We popped in the Newes for lunch the other day. It was a pretty busy day in Edgartown but the Newes was pretty slow. We were seated and a younger server came over. It was apparent to us, and to the older women sitting next to us, that he didn’t want to be there. He wasn’t very friendly and just seemed downright miserable. He took our drink order and a familiar island face, Robin, came to bring our drinks and take our order. After that we never saw Mr. Friendly again. I got
the NFC – New Fried Chicken. My girl got the reuben. The Chicken was pretty good and seasoned nicely. Not enough chicken and wayyyy too much mashed potatoes, but nevertheless good. The Reuben was good. Always is good there. Fries are good. It’s pub food. Guess that’s why they call it The Newes from America Pub.
One interesting thing they do at the Newes is they give you a wooden nickel when you order a beer. They have a nice selection of draft beers which changes seasonally. You save the nickels and when you get so many you can have your name on a bar stool. Give you that “cheers” feeling. And yes, if someone is in your stool you can kick them out.Follow @mvfoodguy