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The Priory Hotel and Restaurant

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I have just returned from a two night stay at The Priory with my wife. We arrived on Friday evening as my friends were getting married the Saturday. After searching online for hotels close the the church and venue I decided on The Priory. We were not disappointed at all. The room was lovely, maybe a little small, but decor was shabby chic and I believe the very elegant furniture was up-cycled (right up my wife’s street) she wanted to the wardrobe and chair in our house! I also understand each room is individually decorated. You can see a lot of care and attention is put in. Reading about the history of the property, it used to be a monastery and then a nunnery until late 90’s converted to a hotel and restaurant. The bar area has a lovely warm feeling and the staff on reception are very welcoming as are all staff in the bar and restaurant. That brings me to the best bit. The food. After a long 3 and a half hour drive my wife and I were very hungry. We booked a table in the restaurant and were seated by the very large glass refrigerator which contained a vast selection of fresh meat and fish which I understand is sort locally and prepared in house. I opted for a fillet steak with mushroom sauce and fries. The steak was one of the best I have ever tasted, it melted in my mouth. Just what I needed. Breakfast was included with the room. I had two fantastic English breakfasts, but there are other options as well as cold breakfasts available. The hotel is set in lovely grounds with a number of large wood carvings in recognition to the history of the property. If I am ever to visit Newport again I will be sure to book The Priory, highly recommended.

Wow what a place, lovely location, fantastic hotel and amazing food. Smallish room but did not book until the day and so was all that was available. Very relaxed hotel with friendly and approachable staff nothing too much trouble. Lovely bar area which was full to the brim with guests and those eating in the restaurant, very good atmosphere. Food was amazing and reasonably priced had the sweet potatoe and bacon soup (to die for) and Lamb shank which was literally melt in the mouth. The hotel far exceeds its 3 stars and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.

having recently retired, I met some ex colleagues at the Priory in Caerleon on 29th September for lunch and a catch up. The Priory has a reputation for serving wonderful fresh food and as a result I naturally assumed that it would be expensive, but how wrong could I have been! We'd naturally booked a table for 13:30 and once all present were taken to our table which was overlooking the garden area on a beautifully sunny day. The menu consisted of two courses..a starter and main dish, all for £11.95 which I thought was great value. being cynical I thought that once the portions were delivered, they would be small thereby reflecting the price..Again I was wrong!! Guest are invited to choose from a selection of dishes written above the counter where a wide range of fresh fish is displayed from fresh salmon to white bait. My colleague chose a trout which was taken from the display to be cooked fresh. I'm not a fish lover and so Chicken pate and Brisket of beef served with a wine gravy..The waiting staff were dressed with aprons and made a nice change from some places where jeans and tee-shirts seem to be the norm. The dining area is made up of different sized tables thereby being able to accommodate parties from couples to work lunches and all within a relatively civilised and quiet ambiance. when the pate arrived it was presented wonderfully with a mixed leaves and a pot of caramelised onion relish and bread. The portion of pate itself was about 4 inches square and about an inch deep, more than enough for a starter. My main course arrived and again the brisket was beautifully tender and a substantial size of beef served along with Broccoli and new buttered potatoes. After eating my fill, and believe me, I love my food, I really didn't have room for one of the many deserts on offer which varied in price from £3.00 to about £5.00 which is average. Although we ate at 13:30pm, we didn't leave until gone 5pm. During that time we were left alone only being interrupted whilst the crockery was cleared or extra drinks served. It made for a great time with a relaxed feel from start to finish As this is also a hotel, the drinks were a little expensive with a small bottle of coke coming in at £1.75, but these are hotel prices after all. Taking into account my whole experience, I would have no problem in recommending the Priory at all..In fact, we've already booked again to meet in October and November too

We were attending a family party and booked a family room. On arrival we were told we were in the cottage and not the main building. This was situated in the corner of the car park and looked more like a converted stable block than a cottage. If it had been raining we would have got soaked as you have to crisis cross between the parked cars to reach the cottage. The room itself was big enough but the main bed a bit springy. Breakfast was fine though the coffee pot for 2 was a bit meagre. On a plus side the staff were very helpful. Other family members who stayed in the main building said our room was much bigger than theirs but maybe that was because it was a family room. The grounds were well maintained but overall we were disappointed with the experience.

A two night weekend stay. Very nice, smallish room. Although our room looked out onto the car park and also a week end no noise problem. There is a large garden. The bar area is large and when we were there full and noisy at dinner time. There is no separate residents bar (? worth a thought) The dining room is also large and can be noisy. There is a quieter room off the main room. The food is excellent, no other word for it. it is arranged in a large open fridge with the sea food on ice with the menu above it. There is a very reasonable two course for £17-50 menu as well as a la carte. The service is good with the gap between course just right. Breakfast was also good. The staff are efficient and friendly. My only criticism is that the bar was undermanned earlier (7-8pm) on the predictably busy nights of Friday and Saturday. Booking for a meal would be essential, I would think.

I am so glad to have celebrated my 40th birthday at The Priory with my family! Every single member of staff cared for our needs, beyond my expectations! From checkin to checkout, breakfast, dinner and in between! The grounds are peaceful and very close to the Roman tourist attractions. The rooms are superbly and tastefully furnished for the period of the building, and are very clean. My elderly parents stayed in a ground floor room in a more modern building - attention to detail equalled! Dinner: you choose from an array of fresh meat, fish and veg chosen from a large refrigerated display at the heart of the restaurant and cooked to order. And portion size was so big I didn’t have room for desert! Go for the chips! No, really, they are amazing! Breakfast: a nice selection of hot food and a continental selection that matches 5-star hotels! Thank you, everyone at The Priory! I can’t get over how well I and my family were looked after! You gave us five star treatment and I’m already planning my next stay!

This is a very interesting looking building tucked away in a village near Newport. Unfortunately we arrived late in a downpour and were told our room was in the cottage ‘see the light over the car park, not an easy task as the car park was overflowing and there were many lights. Eventually we found it, it was a generous room newly refurbished filled with quite ornate furniture. It had its own garden and doors but they had lost the key. The radiator valve was lying on the floor next to the radiator and I had to put this on to get any heat. The television only had a few channels working. The bath was a good size and comfy though the floor tiles were a bit bright. I don’t understand why in such a large impersonal bathroom that the sink was not larger. The bed was small and had a dip but was otherwise comfy. There was no fridge and the trip across the car park puddles daunting to get a bottle of water. The bar was heaving and when you arrive the reception is all in the same space. Breakfast we were more hopeful as they took our order, not enough was on the buffet, no croissants pastries, only one jam. The yoghurt and fruit compote was nice though. The cooked breakfast was hearty, but felt like not made with love and when I asked for a cappuccino was informed this would be extra was a bit eurocratic. Overall potentially this could be a good hotel, it just missed on a number of points. Some of this was due to arriving late but there is no path to the cottage and Simone should have taken us to our room. The cottage looks a bit like a converted garage rather than a traditional cottage to an old priory. On leaving we had a contrasting duo of a lovely local lady who was understanding and a man of Germanic origin who seemed personally affronted by our comments.

We were visiting family in the area and stayed at the Priory again as it's convenient for Newport & Cardiff. As we've come to expect the accommodation was clean & comfortable and the staff friendly & helpful. The hotel comprises the main building and a group of motel-style rooms that are well-equipped and have the advantage of not having stairs to climb! The breakfasts were tasty & cooked to order - something which is fast becoming a rarity except in the more expensive establishments. In the evening the restaurant served a good range of food including fish, seafood and local meats (lamb, duck & chicken).

Why do people book at for food on a Sunday? Obviously not for Sunday lunch if you book The Priory..... Booked for the last sitting only to be told, no beef, run out. Ok" i will have the lamb then, could i have a yorkshire pudding with that"? No you cant as we have run out of yorkshire puddings, oh and we have run out of the lamb also, and the pork and the mussels.........but you can have the lamb from the restaurant with no sunday dinner trimmings at twice the cost, word of advise, DONT BOOK PEOPLE IN FOR FOOD IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO COOK ENOUGH FOOD. Went to the Hanbury instead, not as posh but half the price and staff with a smile on their faces...........

Nice historic building set in very nice grounds. Inside decor recently refurbished and looking very good. Had the 2 course set lunch for £11.95 - excellent value for money. Friendly and efficient service. Would highly recommend.

High Street Newport Wales

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located within a leisurely stroll of Isca Augusta, The Priory Hotel and Restaurant is within a 15-minute drive of University of Wales-Newport. This 27-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Newport Stadium and Newport Cathedral are also near this Caerleon hotel.


Free full breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 8 AM to 9 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge.


All 27 rooms feature coffee makers and desks. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with digital channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries.

Property features

The Priory Hotel and Restaurant offers free WiFi in public areas and a meeting room. If you drive, put free parking to good use. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning or laundry, and answer any questions about the accommodations.

Room options

Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Junior Family Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

65% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 553 reviews