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Blue Anchor Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
British, Gastropub, Bar, Pub, Welsh, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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East Aberthaw | Situated 5 minutes from cardiff international airport, Barry CF62 3DD, Wales
+44 1446 750329
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Bradford, Yorkshire
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116 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with five other family members on Friday night and was not impressed! We arrived in the bar area via the car park and it was very busy. There was a guy behind the bar serving someone and we stood at the bar waiting our turn. The guy disappeared into another part of the bar (it serves a couple of... More 

Thank pxbradford
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I always take visitors to the Blue Anchor. It is such a nice place! And phones have no signal inside the pub so people are forced to speak to each other!! So so nice... Meals are just a bit more expensive than normal, but it's a lovely stop for a beer or two :)

Thank Daira I
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120 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our local and normally the food etc is v good. Staff very friendly and helpful. Starters v good but mains were lukewarm, Still god portion and tasty. Staff seemed attentive to our comments We will be going back.

Thank Fonmon
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was our first visit as a family to this gorgeous pub and it certainly didn't disappoint!! We were seated downstairs in the bar area as we had the dog with us, we were made to feel very welcome by the staff and the locals. The service and the food were first class, we started with the Roast Pigeon, Haddock... More 

Thank welshstarWales
llantwit major
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We pitched up on a Sunday lunchtime and had no trouble getting a table in the restaurant. The menu was a Sunday Lunch menu with three courses costing just shy of £16. oth my wife and myself settled for starters [Pate and samosa] Main Course and Sweet {pecan pie and whipped Cream -Cheeseboard for me} The entire meal was very... More 

Thank JOHN310LlantwitMajor
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited the blue anchor many times and have had good meals but we went 5th April and had a very disappointing meal. Had to send one meal back, although a fresh meal was brought out it was not up to usual standard.

Thank Jude H
Mold, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called after a walk for our Sunday lunch, we had booked and its just aswell, as it was busy. We had the three courses, I was really impressed with the service, the starter and pudding were the stars.The dinner was good and could'nt complain, just for me didn't really push the boat out considering the nice starters and pudding we... More 

Thank David H
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fabulous family Sunday lunch, nice atmosphere, good service, good food and plenty of it. Ideal place for a relaxed Sunday afternoon.

Thank Ceri17
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whilst the food was ok, nothing exceptional it was a very disappointing visit to this lovely old pub. Service was disjointed. We travelled a fair way and did not feel it was worth the effort.

Thank Cilla P
London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here dozens of times with family and separately with friends. Lovely thatched pub, big selection of Real Ales. Very comprehensive food menu, good value for money. Several small rooms leading off in different directions through 4 foot thick walls. have to duck to move between them. Dog friendly in the bar - maybe in other rooms as well. Open... More 

Thank Gwlader

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, Gastropub, Bar, Pub, Welsh, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: East Aberthaw | Situated 5 minutes from cardiff international airport, Barry CF62 3DD, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Vale of Glamorgan  >  Barry
  • Phone Number: +44 1446 750329
The Blue Anchor Inn was one of the first pubs in South Wales to produce quality bar meals back in the 1980's. Since then we have gone from strength to strength, winning awards including the South Wales Food Pub of the year for four years,2013, 2011, 2008 and 2006. We are Egon Ronay recommended and are included in the Michelin Eating out in Pubs guide since 2007(the only South Wales entry in the guide), as well as the AA Pub Guide 2013, where we appear as Pick of the Pubs for the Vale of Glamorgan.As well as food who could forget real ales! we have always been a forerunner in the promotion of real ale in South Wales. We were the first winner of the CAMRA pub of the year award back in 1983 and we have maintained our position to the present day by being included in the current 2013 CAMRA Guide.

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