We visited the Glancynon Inn before having a tour of the Penderyn distillery, as it was recommended to us when we booked the tour. It's convenient, being only a couple of miles away.
When we first entered the lounge bar, where our table was reserved for lunch, we weren't too sure if we'd done the right thing. The decor is a little tired, but once we'd got our drinks and ordered our food the lounge started filling up, mostly with locals who had also reserved tables. The atmosphere livened up considerably.
We thought the prices were very reasonable, both for drinks and food. There was a good choice of dishes, ranging from snacks such as baguettes and filled jacket potatoes, to substantial hot dishes such as a 24oz mixed grill for £13.95. I ordered from the specials menu: pan-fried sea bass fillets with cockles and laver bread. This was really delicious, and came with a side dish of vegetables (I could have chosen new or sauté potatoes or chips instead, or as well for a small additional price). One of our group ordered gammon and was impressed with the size and taste of it, served with onion ring, mushrooms, tomato and plenty of chips. The steak and ale pie was equally enormous and tasty. The two vegetarian dishes ordered seemed less generous in size, but were tasty and adequate, and the chips certainly added bulk, as well as being tasty and not greasy.
Despite the main course portion sizes, most of the group were tempted to try the puddings, reasonably priced at £4 each. They were not disappointed by the generous serving of sticky toffee pudding and creme brûlée, both apparently home made.
We found the service friendly and timely, given that the food was freshly cooked to order. Certainly there was no impression of preference being given to locals, as has been suggested in a previous review.
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