Gem 42

“Creative Italian cooking in Newport” - AA Inspector



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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Open

Our Inspector's view

The quality of the raw materials, as well as authenticity and simplicity, is at the heart of the philosophy of Gem42 restaurant. What they offer is what they have learned from the past, where you take the best of cooking and keep improving using culinary vanguard approach and techniques that simply evaluate your perception of food. Some of the dishes are unique in flavours and culinary concept. The excellent relationship they have built with suppliers and joint passion for their commitment to animal welfare and top-quality produce are crucial to the high standards that Gem42 strive for. Gem 42’s culinary journey is very much about tradition with innovation, offering great and unique dishes with a twist. Dishes include the pan tossed fregola, stone baked ancient grains bread, hand pulled grissini, the essence of tomato, the crusted Cheddar with fermented ginger and pine-nuts, and their uniquely flavourful signature scallop dish. All of their dishes/ingredients are researched and studied, sourced locally, tried and tasted at Gem42’s dedicated Lab Test Kitchen. As the seasons change, so too do their menus. Each tasting menu is designed to rotate with the seasons and showcase modern Italian and French Cuisine. The policy at Gem42 is zero waste, and the vibe is recovery. Their aim to avoid food leftovers, and if any amount of waste is produced, it is composted and recycled.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Restaurant of the Year (Wales)
Gem 42
42 Bridge Street,NEWPORT,NEWPORT,NP20 4NY


  • Seats: 27
Opening times
  • Closed: Sunday, 25–26 December, Easter, Bank Holidays
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 47
  • Wines over £30: 210
  • Wines by the glass: 52
  • Cuisine style: Modern Italian, French
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Newport

The area of Newport neighbours Monmouthshire and is home to a cathedral city of the very same name again. Situated 12 miles from Cardiff, on the mouth of the River Usk, the Normans built a castle here. But Newport really grew up in the 19th century when its port became the place from which to export coal around the world – until Cardiff took over in the 1850s. It was also the site of the last large-scale armed insurrection in Britain, the Newport Rising of 1839.

The docks may have declined in importance, but Newport survived, building on manufacturing, engineering and service industries – some government departments are located here too, such as the passport office. The city is also reinventing itself. First off, it was granted city status in 2002, beating off competition from five other Welsh rivals, including Aberystwyth and Wrexham. It also opened the Usk footbridge in 2006, which won a number of awards, and attracted some big-name discount retail outlets. A few years later, it hosted the prestigious 2010 Ryder Cup at the nearby Celtic Manor Resort.

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