The Bush Inn is a great old Country pub. It's situated in the picturesque medieval village of St Hilary, just a few miles away from the market town of Cowbridge. The Bush Inn is an attractive thatched building which was formerly a 16th century coaching inn. We popped in for a snack on a sunny October afternoon. The interior is every bit as charming as it looks from the outside, there are some huge fireplaces which I imagine are really cosy in the depths of winter. We opted for a light snack and chose from their selection of sandwiches which came with a side salad, I had smoked salmon and cheese in a brown baguette which left enough room for one of the delicious deserts on offer and had a delicious cheesecake for desert. I would love to go back and try one of the pies which appeared to be their speciality, they had all sorts of pies on offer including Rabbit and Venison.
The Bear Hotel is steeped in history as is the whole area around it. This old coaching house dates back to the 12th Century although it is probably best known as being coaching house where the horses were changed on the mail run from Cardiff to Swansea.
I also read that during the 18th Century French troops were held in the Bear when on route to London after the failed invasion at Fishguard.
It is a lovely old building but is now very posh inside with a lovely public bar area and a restaurant. there are rooms and the hotel side looks really nice. we have called in for a drink and Vicki had a large piece of Walnut cake on our last visit. It's a very relaxing place and well worth a visit.
This fantastic pub dates back to 1383 when the area Monknash was the richest estate owned by the cistercian abbey at Neath and was established by the monastery to provide food and other goods. With the disolution of monastic houses in 1536 the land and it's buildings were sold off to the wealthy Stradling family of nearby St Donats Castle.
The pub is a fine an example of a lobby entry house built at that time with its great beamed ceilings, Tudor style doors and large open fires.
The bar used to have a partitioned chamber at the far end where it is said shipwrecked bodies were stored after being washed up on the beach from ships wrecked by the infamous Ship Wreckers of Wick. and a supernatural investigation in 2006 found that there are a number of ghosts resident in the building some of which have been known to throw glasses as well as move chairs and ornaments.
You can read a newspaper article about the hauntings here
It really is a fantastic Pub with a great atmosphere and is well worth a visit for a couple of drinks or for some of their great food.
Food is served
lunch :12.00 - 2.30 all week
(Saturday 12 - 5 & 6 - 8.30 and Sunday 12 - 5)
evenings 1800 - 2030
Traditional Welsh Faggots with mushy peas, chips & gravy
Spicy butternut squash casserole with rice, chips or 1/2 & 1/2
Locally made Glamorgan sausages with herb mayo, crisp salad & chips
Favorite Dish: Wednesday nights are steak night with 8oz sirloin or 10oz rump steaks all the trimmings plus choice of sauce for only £10 and desserts are just £2!
After walking around Cowbridge we headed back to Plas Llanmihangel and then walked for about half a mile to The Victoria Inn in nearby Sigingstone. It is a traditional country inn packed full of antiques and real character. We were warmly welcomed and the service was excellent. we got a couple of drinks and studied the menu which consisted of some great home made food all locally sourced. After umming and arring over various dishes i decided on the mixed Grill. It was delicious and much better than it looks in the pic, We both had Sticky Toffee pudding for dessert and that to was lovely.
The Victoria Inn is situated in the picturesque Village of Sigingstone in the Vale of Glamorgan. This is the perfect place to call in for something to eat after a visit to Cowbridge or the Heritage Coast.
We called in for something to eat and drink on a Monday night so it was therefore relatively quiet; however it seems as if their Sunday lunches are very popular as there was a notation on the menu stating to book at table to avoid disappointment.
There was a wide and varied choice of meals on the menu at about average prices. I chose faggotts and peas with potatoes and gravy. Gareth had the mixed grill. We were both satisfied with our meals, the faggots were delicious. We both opted for the sticky toffee pudding for desert which came with steaming hot custard - it was very nice indeed.
Said to be the oldest building in Cowbridge this Brains Pub was built in the 15th C and retains a traditional feel with roaring open fires and fine furnishings. A great place to go for a drink or to sample some of their excellent award winning food. If you visit during the summer you can eat outside in the enclosed courtyard beer garden which seats 80 people. if our UK weather is not in your favour (which it rarley is) there is plenty of room inside in the public bar, lounge bar and conservatory along with two function rooms.
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We bought some nice Welsh Cakes from this shop, they had a lot of really nice looking cakes and biscuits, i really wanted a Halloween cake but Vicki would not let me have one :(
On the corner near the Town Hall this is a large pub that seems to be even larger inside, i should imagine that it is very busy at the weekends and is almost big enough to be a disco !
Located at the premises of the former Vale of Glamorgan Brewery it gets some really good reviews, It's only a small pub with a large collection of beer mats hanging from the ceiling behind the bar.