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“Quench thirstingly welcome break”
Review of The Star Inn

The Star Inn
Ranked #7 of 49 Restaurants in Pontypool
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $21
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: WE ARE A FAMILY RUN, CHILD AND DOG FRIENDLY COUNTRY PUB. We offer choice of 4 real ales, a smooth ale, 4 lagers (2 premium) and 3 ciders on tap with a good variety of bottled ciders, soft drinks and alcohol free lager. Our food dose not claim to win prizes, but its good quality, good portion size, and freshly cooked (and it won't break the bank) so some times a small wait is inevitable but hopefully worth it. The atmosphere is warm welcoming and cosy with a wood burner one end and an open fire the other which we light when its miserable and cold outside which is most of the year. The pub is open from 12 noon every day all day, and closes around 10pm in the week, then around 12pm weekends. Sunday and Monday we serve food 12pm till-3pm ONLY (no evening meals) Every other day its 12pm till 2pm then 6pm till 8.30pm looking forward to seeing you Soon
Cwmbran, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Quench thirstingly welcome break”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

Stop here regularly when walking my dogs along the canal.

Easy location to find and is signposted from the canal midway between Goytre Wharf and Pontypool, and is only about 150 metres walk down country lane.

I've been lucky enough to go on a beautiful day and sat outside in beer garden, which has ample parasols on tables to keep you/dogs shaded. Always been plenty of water for dogs, and if run out, staff have been very prompt with refilling. Had ploughman's and shandy here. Ploughman's contained large warm crusty bageutte just fresh from oven, with plenty of butter to smother lovingly over it. main components were thick slices of ham and a large chunk of cheese, with a pot of pickle and two very dark pickled onions to quench and invigorate the tastebuds ooohhhh. The last elements of the ploughman's was a whole apple and a few sticks of celery, overall very filling just what was needed to recharge me for a walk home, only let down by celery sticks as were soft and dry as if had been cut much earlier.

Another good aspect is that dogs can go into the bar which would be a good respite if it had been raining

Service by staff good, nothing worthy to note, did the basics, as quite would have been nice to have engaged in a bit of conversation.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank 861Karen
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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good traditional pub food”
Reviewed June 26, 2014

Good food nice pub atmosphere very friendly and reasonably priced .highly recommended and dog friendly

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Craig L
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Pontypool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great value for money, a proper country pub.”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

A truly unpretentious country pub with a real not phoney atmosphere. In recent years I have never had a bad meal in the place; it’s always been well cooked tasty and good value for money. Much of the meat is farmed within a mile or so of the pub and a local award winning butcher produces excellent sausages and burgers for the premise. The staff are always friendly and treat locals and visitors of which there are many equally. It can’t be too bad if people keep returning to the place time and time again. Don’t expect to see too many shiny Range Rovers or other Chelsea tractors in the car park but don’t be surprised to see half a dozen bicycles and the odd horse tied up outside in addition to real country cars. Well behaved children and dogs are welcome in fact actively encouraged. Oh and the beer is pretty good also.

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank buckandboar
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very Pleasant”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

We walked from Goytre Wharf with our dog and stopped here for lunch before returning to Goytre. Had a lovely meal sat in the garden with the dog. Well presented, hot food and very tasty. Would definitely visit again.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Herefordian
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South Wales
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“dirty and poor food”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

We went out for a family lunch, we hadn't been there for years and had fond memories of the place. However it has since been taken over by new people. From the minute we arrived we wished we hadn't bothered. The place is filthy, we were seated in a back room which is an extension of their living quarters and is piled high with junk, old xmas decorations and broken bits and bobs.
The food is microwaved within an inch of it's life. Nothing is prepared fresh. We were given a bottle of tomato ketchup for my nephew but we wouldn't let him use it because it was filthy.
The waitress served us whilst nursing her few month old grandson, cute but not really what you want.
We won't be going there again.

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank JoanneH71
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