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The Blue Anchor, East Aberthaw - pub details

Blue Anchor

Address: Off B4265, East Aberthaw, Barry, South Glamorgan, CF62 3DD [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 4293) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Barry (4.9 miles), Barry Island (5.2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.7/10 (rated by 15 users)
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user reviews of the 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 partner�s 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

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