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“The Perfect Country Pub”
Review of Blue Anchor Inn

Blue Anchor Inn
Ranked #3 of 118 Restaurants in Barry
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Reviewed September 27, 2012

The food, drink and welcome at this fantastic thatched country pub is second to none. If you can only go to one pub in the lovely Vale of Glamorgan - choose this one.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

I had a super lunch at the Blue Anchor .i had the gammon with Fresh pineapple ,yes fresh ! . The Gammon was a good size beautifully cooked and presented .with super Fries.
Would definately visit again.nice old pub with great atmosphere .

Thank Stevemuso
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Had not been here for a while but tried the Sunday Lunch menu recently and was not disappointed. £15.50 for three courses, served by friendly staff in quaint surroundings. There are 2 sittings, 12.30 and 2.30, and a good choice of starters, mains and desserts. We normally go to El Puerto but just wanted a change. The Blue Anchor is a certainly a different setting to El Puerto and the whele afternoon made for a refreshing change. We will be returning.

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Thank pula888
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Well first off this place has bags of character, it’s an agreeable place to visit and feels pleasantly remote. The ale and cider availability is varied and the staff are friendly (if not particularly efficient in the bar!) Upstairs in the restaurant service gets a lift and things flow quickly to and from the table. So what of the food? Well overall it was good though not outstanding for the price. A couple of gripes - Bread, why oh why serve such dire out the freezer rubbish? – just because it has some brown toasting on top does not turn it into palatable bread. It is completely beyond me that restaurants offering the type of food that is available here then choose to serve bread that is so poor it could be had from any local asda’s freezer department. You may ask why on earth I’m making such a big thing about the poor bread? Well my view is that establishments who can’t be bothered with little things like serving decent bread often aren’t too bothered about other things either. A couple of others, the veg that come served with the main meals was thin on the ground indeed – if you are hungry or haven’t ordered a starter be prepared to order additional veg on the side. As standard you have a choice of chips, new potatoes or mash with most dishes but be aware that if one alone orders then the serving is fine, however, two of our table ordered new potatoes and only one dish appeared – when asked where the second portion was the response was that the one on the table was for two to share – it was tiny. In fact we’d had starters and were not famished so it was actually OK – but I know plenty of others who would have easily polished off this serving for two on their own. No complaints on the deserts very tasty thanks. This is the second time we’ve eaten here, the first was a similar experience – perhaps rather better. Overall the food served here is good but for the price not fantastic and the kitchen have cut a number of corners on quality and quantity which simply irritated me as a customer. The silly thing is these were relatively minor matters which in all fairness disproportionately weighed on my opinion and hence this review and quite honestly could be sorted out very easily indeed.

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Thank ClimboJimbo
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Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I have visited the blue anchor 9 or 10 times and we have never been disappointed with our meals , great food , charming old pub with a great atmosphere , what more can you ask for, we can't stop going back to this place we love it

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Thank Chakphim
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