Please note that in order to maintain social distancing, from Wednesday, July 8, there will be a one way system operating in the Buttermarket. The public may enter through the Middle Gate entrance and proceed through to the town hall or exit down the Royal Exchange and out to Chain Lane. There is no access to the Tambo Lounge through the Buttermarket, please use their Middle Gate entrance. There is no access to the Buttermarket from Chain Lane or access through the town hall out to Middle Gate. Access to Hobsons Shoes is by following the one way system in the Buttermarket or directly into the shop from Chain Lane. Signage is prominent throughout the building, please observe and respect all notices that are in place for public protection.

Newark’s Buttermarket and Royal Exchange is owned and managed in partnership by Newark and Sherwood District Council and Newark Town Council.

A phased plan of action is underway that will see new long term retail, food and drink and high street services coming to the building.

We see the iconic Buttermarket as playing a major and strategic role in boosting the town’s retail, cultural and leisure offer.

Our plans

The remainder of the building is being redeveloped for new retail and commercial offerings. We will be announcing new tenants soon and posting progress updates.


Opening soon!

National optician chain Specsavers will soon to be opening a new premises adjacent to Newark’s Buttermarket. They’ll be opening the doors to their new address of 25 Middle Gate on the 18th December, moving from their current location within Morrisons. The move will offer a larger store for the well-known brand as well as being a great investment in the town centre and likely increasing footfall through it. This is yet another hugely positive step in the revitalisation of this stunning building following the introduction of Tambo Lounge and Iguazu earlier this year. Stay tuned for updates on the opening.

Tambo Lounge

Tambo Lounge has now re-opened with a few alterations to ensure safety for both staff and customers.

Tambo offers delicious food and drinks including vegan and gluten-free options. Call in for breakfast, lunch, tea or dinner, with a licenced bar running through into the late evening. 

From Wednesday, July 8:

  • An exciting new sit-in menu
  • More space between the tables
  • A new app to order your food
  • A re-trained team and strict cleaning & hygiene procedures

While there are a few changes, the spirit of Lounging remains exactly the same. At Tambo Lounge you’ll find the same hospitality, personality and atmosphere you’re accustomed to, along with delicious, freshly cooked food and drinks.

Find Tambo Lounge here 


Now open! 

Family-run shop, Iguazu, is now to open to customers. Fairly Trading Ltd, which operates under Iguazu, has a passion for equality and helping those in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and will be the first shop in Newark solely dedicated to selling fair trade products, including clothing, sterling silver and gemstone jewellery and furniture. 

Find out more about Iguazu.

Hobsons Shoes

Hobson Shoes has re-opened and looks forward to welcoming you in-store. Currently it is operating reduced opening hours, Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4pm.

Hobsons is an independent footwear retailer, offering quality footwear for ladies & gents from brands including HB Shoes, Rieker, Ara, Lunar & Steptronic.

Find out more:

Thank you to our Buttermarket businesses


Please continue to support the local businesses who have helped to bring life back into the building.

Beau & Brooke, Boo Barn Boxes and Ceramic Flowers have moved to 6 Boar Lane, Newark

The Scented Home has moved to 19 Bridge Street, Newark

By Tonya Art & Photography Studio has moved to 2 Martindale Lane, Newark (next to the little cherry deli) 

MJ Roberts Studios will attend local creative events

Krafty Katie is available at Newark Market

RhodesAnnalDesigns is available on Etsy

The Soup Dwagon has moved to Chain Lane with the Gluten Free Artisan Bakery

LetsXcape Together has moved to the front of the Buttermarket underneath the Town Hall.

Breathe meetings will be hosted with Letsxcape. Breathe is run by The Shaw Mind Foundation Mon to Wed mornings 1am to 12pm weekly

Why Lizzi Was Late art work is available through her Facebook page

Contact us

Newark and Sherwood District Council
Castle House
Great North Road
NG24 1BY

01636 650 000


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