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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
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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British, Gastropub, Bar, Pub, Welsh
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Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed November 14, 2020

A regular customer in the summer months when we all sat outside & ordered at the service table , since then have been for a pint by the fire 🔥 never have had opportunity to stay for a meal & have read reviews favour good...reviews, But today went hoping to stay for meal & drinks, it was quiet few people outside, Went in with face mask on complying with regulations to be welcomed by a not very friendly member of staff that was more intent to make us feel very uncomfortable, asked what we wanted,was made to feel totally in the way as we asked to sit inside,but oh no the table available was booked for 6 o’clock & as it was only 4 o’clock was made to feel we were not welcome ,felt very uncomfortable as the gentleman was unfriendly & uptight , Obviously not everyone’s customer is welcomed in this quaint village.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 21, 2020 via mobile

I didn’t want to eat inside, but did want to support local businesses on our week’s holiday at home in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan. We ate lunch in the marquee, having booked a table. Not sure why they don’t offer full table service instead...of expecting guests to hang around outside to place drinks and food orders. The overhead heaters in the marquee work well - pull the switch twice for 2kw heat - and the bunting was pretty. We ate starters of ham hock terrine and mackerel and orange salad. Shared a bowl of chips. I had a raspberry and peach creme brûlée for pud. The food was delicious, no complaints there. The female member of staff who initially greeted us was good - friendly and efficient. The male staff weren’t so good, particularly the older gentleman who described himself as a filler in, told me they did flat white coffees when asked, but sadly this was not the case. I opened a tab, but wasn’t happy leaving my credit card in a small brown envelope behind the bar and won’t do that again. When I checked the bill I’d been charged £2 for crisps which I hadn’t ordered. Was this a genuine mistake or sharp practice? I wasn’t entirely sure. With a few tweaks our experience could have been so much better.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 14, 2020 via mobile

Had drinks in the courtyard and then a meal by the fireplace. Felt very well organised and Covid safe . Had the duck croquettes and belly pork both of which were lovely - much better than your average pub grub. Staff were very helpful and...friendly . Will definitely return - highly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 11, 2020

One of our favourite refreshment stops after one of our favourite dog walks at East Aberthaw. Always a great pint. The outside area they have set up during the Covid pandemic is brilliant and feels very safe. Such a pretty pub, great on a sunny...day.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 23, 2020

Tis is a 12th Century pub, with a beautiful atmosphere offering really good foos and drink. It is not too expensive and is really worth going to for something a little better than normal

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 16, 2020

Went lunchtime for a meal as we knew it would be a bit quieter then. Sat in the large marquee on the car park which was nice and cool but the only problem was the ashtrays which were on the tables . There are signs...in the marquee which say no smoking so why the ashtrays. When we pointed this out to the staff ,and also the people at a table who were actually smoking inside we were met with a total air of indifference. No attempt was made to remove the ashtrays or approach the smokers. Food was average pub food, chips were dry,rib eye steak was pretty flat and looked as though it had been boiled rather than fried with no signs of browning on it but the taste was ok. All in all an average pub grub type meal which was overpriced. eg Scampi £10.75.....steak and ale pie £13.25....More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 1, 2020

We booked in here for lunch on Bank holiday Monday after seeing someone post about them on Facebook and i have to say we were really impressed. There is not a huge menu, so my eldest son (aged 14) did initially have a moan about...there being nothing for him to have. He then went for the Gammon and he was very glad he did. Lovely big piece of meat that was really well cooked and plenty of chips on the side with pineapple and egg. My youngest son had the adult fish and chips as the childrens menu is very limited, but the batter was crispy and really light and he made a good effort at getting through it due to enjoying so much. My wife and i had the Steak and Ale pies and they were spot on. We opted for chips instead of mash and there was plenty and the veg on the side was also lovely and cooked well. I would highly recommend the Garlic bread and the cheesy garlic bread. They are absolutely beautiful. One downfall for me was the lack of onion rings as a side. These are a firm favourite of all of ours when we are out and there wasn't any on the menu. We did eat here on the EOHO scheme, so obviously that makes a big difference to the price, but for me you get what you pay for and i will happily return here outside of this.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 31, 2020 via mobile

Visited on bank holiday Monday after having booked a table, beautiful old world setting, food absolutely superb and the staff and service are second to none, could not have been more attentive and under the pandemic situation, also the last night of help out offers....The Blue Anchor deserves all the accolades possible, thank you.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed June 2, 2020

Six of us travelling in motor homes for the 2019 ICC World Cup Cricket were staying at Vale in readiness for the Black Caps first game at Cardiff. Booked a meal at the Blue Anchor Inn and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, venue, location, bar and...food. My beetroot starter was delicious, fresh and all the flavours I enjoy. The pork belly and steak pie had great flavours and extremely filling! Did have a chuckle as one of our group ordered the Pork Pie - they were shocked when it was served cold! soon educated. Was a great meal served promptly with friendly service in a busy Friday evening rush hour.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed March 16, 2020

Absolutely disappointed with this place....it’s a beautiful old old pub....fantastic energy there in the building ...food is disgusting...better food in a Wetherspoons, awful meat...chips were awful the fat they must’ve been cooked in was horrible, they were bright yellow, and it’s very expensive.....£66 for two...lunches and 4 drinks., we will never go back...or recommend.....beautiful history and such a shame that the service is not doing it any justice....female bar staff had the most disgusting degrained grey teatowel hanging over her wrist/shoulder....if I’d seen it first I wouldn’t have eaten there!! Very disappointing after reading the reviews!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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456emmad
December 8, 2018|
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Response from blueanchorinn | Property representative |
We are! Best to phone ahead and book a table if you were wanting to eat. There are limited tables in the area of the pub where we allow dogs. Cheers Rich
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Angela L
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Response from Hev999 | Reviewed this property |
why is someone asking me this question. surely a call to pub is common sense
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    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5