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Blue Anchor Inn

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British, Gastropub, Pub
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East Aberthaw | Situated 3 minutes from cardiff international airport, Barry CF62 3DD, Wales
441446750329
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Description: The Blue Anchor Inn was one of the first pubs in South Wales to produce...
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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    Very good
  • 16
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic Friendly Local

A proper pub. Beautiful to look at inside and out, really friendly staff, good choice of guest beers that changes regularly. Everything you need in a pub I'd say. Can't fault anything at all.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
James B
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A proper pub. Beautiful to look at inside and out, really friendly staff, good choice of guest beers that changes regularly. Everything you need in a pub I'd say. Can't fault anything at all.

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Thank James B
Barry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Many a time we drop into this amazing traditional pub. There is no where like it. Great beers & cider. Food is delicious. Open fires, you can bring in the dog to the bar area and there is even a draw of treats for the pooches. Always worth a visit!

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Thank Lauraworman
Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

booked a table at this restaurant on first Saturday in December. one of the oldest Inn's in the country. fantastic walking into a pub built in the 1300s. small snug with a large open fire. pub is like a tardis. when we arrived we were asked to have drink before going up for our meal and lots of guests had... More 

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Thank judithhamdi
Barry, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

olde worlde pub..good beer and even better food,very good value for money not over priced well worth a visit

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Thank Adrian M
Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We went as a family group on Dec 27th and it was pretty awful. The beef and turkey were processed and tasted terrible. Service was slow and not particularly welcoming!

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Thank Spadgespar
Leicester
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88 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

If you want a typical British pub that serves top quality restaurant meals then try the Blue Anchor. The building itself is most interesting, being a thatched 14th century building. The meals were great and the service friendly. There was a good selection of ales and the prices were very reasonable. Well done.

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Thank John-the-Phone
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Christmas dinner with a crowd is always a challenge, but some restaurants manage it. Really disappointing - wouldn't repeat the experience.

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Thank Lizzie P
south wales
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Excellent service food was delicious, lovely birthday will definitely go again.would recommend the sunday lunch.

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Thank gretasouthwales
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

The blue anchor is a beautiful old pub/restaurant that we have visited many times. The food is delishous and fresh. No complaints about this place!

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Thank Daviesscd
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119 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

When you approach the pub you are taken by the excellent kerb appeal this pub has, simply looks stunning with its thatched roof. In side is not a let down either, the pub has all these cozy rooms off everywhere. The food and ale are top class too. Well worth a visit if your in the area

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: East Aberthaw | Situated 3 minutes from cardiff international airport, Barry CF62 3DD, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  South Wales  >  Vale of Glamorgan  >  Barry
  • Phone Number: 441446750329

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Gastropub, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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