The Bear Hotel was formerly a coaching Inn and meeting place. This Medieval building was once the home of the Thomas's of Llanmihangel.
The bar/lounge area provided a lovely relaxing area to sit and have a drink or a meal. We called in on a Monday night for a drink and loved the ambience. The deserts on the blackboard sounded really nice and only when we were going out did we spot the delicious looking Welsh cakes on the bar. I must try out the food next time I visit the Bear.
The Vale of Glamorgan is a lovely little cosy pub right in the middle of Cowbridge town centre. We popped in for a drink on a Monday night and it was quite busy and is obviously a favourite amongst the locals. The pub has a really nice friendly atmosphere and quite a collection of beer mats above the bar.
The Duke of Wellington originated as a 17th Century coaching Inn. At that time it was called the 'Black Horse' but underwent its' change in name after the Duke himself stayed at the Inn whilst on a journey to visit General Picton in Carmarthen.
An unusual feature in the lounge of this pub is a functional Well. The Well has Roman origins but the font is artificial and was created by students from Swansea University.
The pub is owned by the Brains Breweries who are renowned for their good food and fine ales. Although we didn't eat here on this visit, I have eaten here in the past and remember having a very nice meal. There is quite a spacious eating area and also a patio area for al fresco dining if the weather is good enough.