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Blue Anchor, East Aberthaw

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What a lovely country pub. It's got a fabulous village location and a nice thatched exterior. The interior is even better, with lots of small, dark rooms, with flagstone floors and low doorways. The front bar has a large open fireplace. The only drawback here is that this place is more of a restaurant than a pub. Ales were Theakston Old Peculier, Wye Valley HPA, Wadworth 6X, Brains Bitter & Mumbles Summer Sin. They also had Happy Daze cider from Gwynt y Ddraig. Not the cheapest place around for a drink. But worth a visit. Dogs are welcome in the front bar.
blue_scrumpy - 22 Aug 2016 20:11
I have eaten here many times and was just looking to book here again later this month for my partnerís birthday. The superb quality of food has never disappointed and the atmosphere of the old building with its stonework and oak beams cannot be reproduced by your more modern establishments. The bar on the ground floor with its real fires and cosy corners makes it feel like home. The Blue Anchor is always my first choice. You'd never have known that this building nearly burnt to the ground. Well done to the owners for the exceptional job of restoration and returning it to its full glory.

mrsJenkins - 6 Dec 2011 21:04
I am writing this comment in response to the inaccurate review posted by 'Sandradiner' on 12 July 2011.
The lady who posted this review has only advised half of a one-sided inaccurate story and I although I have requested that this review be removed from this web-site, I would like to explain the FACTS of the event that she is referring to.
During the lunchtime in question, the customer and her party arrived at the establishment herself, her partner and the elderly lady. The elderly lady was extremely vocal about the fact that she did not want to eat in a pub, she wanted to have lunch at a supermarket. The lady caused such a scene that the gentleman with the ladies did not sit with them (he did not eat and spent the majority of the time outside drinking a pint on his own) during the meal as he was clearly embarrassed.
The customers loudly criticised every single dish on the menu (to the amusement of other customers who commented on her behaviour) prior to settling for fishfingers, the other lady (who posted this review ate a lunchtime snack).
The customer who ordered the fishfingers ate half - 3/4's of the meal prior to making any complaint directly to a member of staff. The lady who posted this review did not make any comment with regards to her own meal.
Whilst we endeavour to meet the needs of all customers (please see South Wales Pub of the Year reviews - three times so far) in this instance the customer was rude, aggressive and obviously used to paying supermarket meal prices, we could not do anything to make the situation better and a refund was not appropriate.
The owner was clearly not aggressive or rude to the customers, I personally was there witnessing the entire event.
Whilst we do use the reviews on websites such as these to identify ways to improve our services, we 'aggressively' deem this review as inaccurate, unjust and unfair and expect it to be removed.
sarahomahoney - 15 Oct 2011 21:17
I went there this weekend with my elderly mother. We sent her meal back as it was cold (tasted by both of us), soggy poor quality fish fingers which were grey and wet inside, and the scrag ends of chips. I ate mine but it too was barely warm. I requested a refund for my mother's as nobody even came to see me about it, and the owner was not only rude but agressive. He absolutely refused a refund and said it was fine. He embarassed both me and my mother so much I felt bound to post this - he could not leave it alone and was rude when we left too. The other member of staff I spoke to was equally sullen.

Lovely building but avoid at all costs - I went there many enjoyable times with my parents when I was younger but will not go again.
sandradiner - 12 Jul 2011 13:39
I visited the Blue Anchor last weekend for a meal in the upstairs restaurant. The atmosphere was great, but that is the only positive thing that I can say about the place. The meal was definitely average and not worth the price they charged. The choice of menu was very limited, with no chicken on offer! Now, surely everyone expects to see chicken on the menu. The service was forgetful with the waitress having to be reminded of items ordered but did not arrive. The beer was very expensive. I will not be going there again and will not recomend it to others. I can think of several other restaurants in the Vale that offer better service for far less cost.
AlanAtCPM - 8 Jun 2011 11:35
I live in the vicinty of the pub, today I went for lunch with some friends. The pub is doing a special offer of £10.50 for a two course meal. The meal consisted of a small chicken drum stick stuck into mashed potatoe with a sauce poured over. A side plate of beans between three.
I have to say the meal was rubbish, the drum stick was of the cheap frozen variety. The beans were not cooked.
We enjoyed the beer although expensive, we sat outside as it was warmer.
The pub was cold and uninviting, even the bar lady complained that it wa so cold.
The board outside said it was an Egon Ronay guide pub, all I can say if he saw the food he would have had his name taken off.
We certainly will not be going back there.
mrwestie2 - 15 Oct 2009 21:04
Delightful on a summers day.

Good food and ale.

Bar service is rather rude and impersonal.
griffo59 - 18 Aug 2009 14:36
A wonderful, genuinely traditional country pub. A warm welcoming environment on every visit.
Beautifully and sympathetically restored after it's fire, still one of the best pubs in the Vale.
An absolute must!
globetrotter - 30 Jan 2008 04:18
The Vale of Glamorgan area is well served by traditional, country, real ale pubs, albeit most probably survive on their food/restaurant business. This is the jewell in the crown in terms of its age, character and history etc. Many people feared the worst after the roof fire but the restoration work is superb. For me it comes into its own during the colder months when the fires give a cosy atmosphere to the smaller bars and snugs. But it is also a pleasant pub to sit outside in the summer. Well kept ales:- I always go for the 6X. Sunday lunches in the restaurant are superb:-a little more expensive than average but you really get what you pay for in terms of quality, quantity and service.
tarkatherotter - 14 May 2007 16:37
A bit over-rated by Camra wallahs and pub luvvies there's a surprising lack of atmosphere in this rambling, thatched rural boozer. Nice enough but beer prices are always at the top end of the range. Pleasant to sit outside although it can be over-run with Sagamen on Harleys from time to time.
AdamAdamant - 17 Jul 2006 20:04
i am pleased to say that after 10 long months the renovation work is complete and the pub will be reopening tomorrow afternoon.
adaminaberthaw - 15 Dec 2004 21:18
It has burnt down
Mike - 16 Apr 2004 12:33
Have spoken to the owners of the Blue Anchor who (I am glad to say) have already begun the rennovations to bring the majestic building back from the Ashes. Being it was such as strong building, it withstood the flames. Hopefully it will be re-opening in the Autumn (2004).

I watched them put out the flames. It was heartwrenching to see such a wonderful building almost destroyed by a single spark.
Isis - 11 Mar 2004 14:35
Sad to have to be the bearer of dreadful news but around 20th February there was a fire which has destroyed (thatched roof didn't help)what must be one of the most beautiful & historic of pubs in Britain
for anyone who has ever set foot in the place you will appreciate what a great loss this is

shamus - 28 Feb 2004 15:20
Very old and pretty pub with lots of character .Beautifully decorated for christmas .Absolutely fabulous restaurant upstairs .Very child friendly without being a childrens pub .Wonderful sunday dinner . Already booked to go again
vici - 14 Dec 2003 21:01

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