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“my favourite place to eat” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pen y Cae Inn

Pen y Cae Inn
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Pen-y-cae
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $28
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Welsh, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Swansea, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“my favourite place to eat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

i love, love, love this place. i have been to the pen Y Cae a goof few times now and have never been dissapointed. Took my man here for the first time Wednsday for his birthday and he is now taking me there next week!! he had pheasant and i had veniso, for starters we had the deep fried bri and the salmon and battered cockles.we shared each others dishes and we really couldnt fault anything!! The veg is absaloutly fab, every thing is so fresh and tasty. the bill came to £43 with four large cokesso i would say that is pretty good. for what we had that is more than reasonable. I would love to have tried their baileys and white choc cheesecake but unfortunatly i couldnt have fitted in a another mouthful off food. portions are more than generous but not off putting. Stunning place, out of this world food and REALLY lovely staff. Next week I am going to try the scallops and the goose. My favourite place to eat!!!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Port Talbot South Wales
Level Contributor
27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Consistently great food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013

My partner and I have visited here a number of times over the past few months and we love it. It's a 2 hour round trip for us but we find the tasty food worth it. We look forward to visiting here every few weeks.

The only down sides would be that the prices overall are slightly higher than other places we go to and whilst the portion sizes for mains are very big, the portion sizes for some starters, especially the brie, are rather small. The brie is £5.95 and you get a small wedge (or two smaller cubes for the Christmas menu). If the portion was bigger, the £5.95 price would be acceptable, but brie is cheap enough to buy for the portion to be a bit bigger.

Apart from this minor gripe, this place is amazing - the staff is friendly, there is ample free parking, it is full of character, the food is of good quality and well presented and best of all we have never had a bad meal.

Please note: Whilst there are hardly any vegetarian options on the menu, if you ask, the chef can offer a range of dishes to you that he will cook fresh.

Just remember to book in advance to avoid disappointment!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aberdare, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Really really enjoyed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

Went there yesterday evening As a party of 12 and not one person had any complaints. The food was absolutely delicious. For starters I had duck breast which came with a lovely orange salad. Duck was medium rare which was perfect. For main I had catch of the day which was hake - honestly one of the best main courses I've had. The vegetable accompaniments were plentiful and cooked perfectly. Dessert was chocolate brownie. Again thoroughly enjoyed. We all really enjoyed our evening and I for one cannot wait to return :-)

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Swansea, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“disappointed again”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

We have had very mixed experiences at Pen y Cae-Following an abortive night last summer when we booked a table at 8pm and were not served until 10pm[in a very haphazard manner] we were pleasantly surprised to have a lovely evening with delicious food in September.However a recent visit was not a success-we had arrived in good time to have a pre-dinner drink but were being badgered to order early[I suspect because a large party was expected]-the young staff obviously recieve little training and although they try their best the standard was very poor-again the food was excellent but a successful evening is about so much more than the food-The Penycae is not a cheap option and the dining experience could be so much better if attention was paid to little things such as elegant wine glasses[we actually had to ask for wine glasses] and linen or good quality paper napkins.
The seems to be an overall lack of direction and vision which is a shame as the Penycae could be so lovely

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank mai d
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Newport, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Late lunch ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

What an excellent welcome and meal will return with friends. Mine Host was particularly welcoming and what comfortable surroundings definitely worth a visit at all times of year.

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