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Blue Anchor Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
British, Gastropub, Bar, Pub, Welsh
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East Aberthaw | Situated 5 minutes from cardiff international airport, Barry CF62 3DD, Wales
+44 1446 750329
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Barry, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great menu - including decent vege choices Nooks and crannies inside and roaring fires With a sociable outside when the sun shines

Thank 476KP
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

In over 40 years of visiting sporadically I have yet to have a poor pint of beer. From the old days of casks on the counter to pump pulled-( the old peculiar is to be recommended. ). This old thatched roof- pub is to be recommended ...and on a warm day to sit outside is marvelous!! With the same named... More 

Thank Rikrokglos
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fancy family gathering. A couples date night. You'll always be pleased with the Blue Anchor! I'd suggest a nice Ale with their Fish & Chips! It's nice to see an Old School pub still going!

Thank Daniel R
York, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited alone while working in the area. The place its self is an absolute delightful thatched building inside and out, with a bar area and a more formal dining area. I sat in the bar area and chose the hake supreme followed by the Hazelnut Creme brulee, both were GORGEOUS and not a bad price. I would go again... More 

Thank sambob26
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent local pub, for dining at any time of the day! Sunday lunch is spectacular. you should book in advance to avoid disappointment. Awesome quirky building with surprisingly good wine menu.

Thank HotelSpotterno1
Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good choice of delicious starters, lovely vegetables, and great puddings. We often eat here and it is always good.

Thank suebblackwell
Penarth, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very enjoyable Sunday lunch with excellent service and understanding for a very fussy teenage diner who was accommodated without any problem.

Thank Hobbsy43
welsh Saint Donats
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I attended Christmas lunch with a group of approximately forty people returning after a pleasurable meal prior to Christmas 2015. We were seated in the upstairs dining room and had pre-ordered our meal from a choice of three starters, three mains and three deserts. The meal met the expectations we had from our previous visit and was very good value... More 

Thank June J
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42 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Let me start by saying that the serving staff here were very helpful and attentive. I did feel however, like we were being rushed through each course with plates cleared the minute you drop your fork to the plate and my coffee was served with my dessert despite me asking for it to be served afterwards. I visited here a... More 

Thank Parisol
South Wales
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We're new to the area and thought we'd drop in for lunch today. Neither of the two staff behind the bar looked up when we came into a small bar area. They then moved into a back bar. After waiting five minutes without even a "be with you soon" or any acknowledgement that we were even there we left. Would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, Gastropub, Bar, Pub, Welsh
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: East Aberthaw | Situated 5 minutes from cardiff international airport, Barry CF62 3DD, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Vale of Glamorgan  >  Barry
  • Phone Number: +44 1446 750329
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.

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