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Chef Tom Watts-Jones had his first pint in this pub; now he’s back – only this time on the other side of the counter. He left The Vale for a stint in L...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
Simple restaurant
About
First and foremost, our pub is a thriving local watering hole that has been keeping locals’ thirst at bay for over 300 years. We have a range of great ales, interesting wines, homemade seasonal drinks and a small, daily changing bar menu. Alongside the bar, we offer a small, daily changing, seasonal menu in our dining room. We use the very best produce that the Vale of Glamorgan has to offer. The produce available to us from the best Vale producers, our own kitchen garden and our smallholding up the lane, dictate what is on the menu from day to day. Everything is made from scratch in our kitchen, from our own sourdough bread and cultured butter, to our charcuterie and fresh pasta. This is not
PRICE RANGE
US$12 - US$23
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
British, Welsh, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Food good, but portion size poor.No appetiser, bread all charged as extra. The majority of meals are without accompaniments, so again all extra. Expensive for what you get.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've eaten at the H&H a number of times for dinner and it's always been amazing but we'd not visited for lunch....until today. Fantastic experience once again, we ordered the lamb sweetbreads, ricotta mint and sourdough for starters and the Sunday lunch lamb and cornish...sole for main. Apple souffle and buttermilk and plum for pud.. see pics. All courses were delicious, everything nice and hot and so good to have pink lamb. I've not had sweetbreads before and I'm so pleased I ordered them, the dish had everything...sweet, savory, salty and earthy. I couldn't fault the waiting staff, all professional, friendly, relaxed and seemed happy to be there. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the H&H...its right up there with the best of the best!! And I'm looking for my next excuse to visit. Thanks for a fabulous lunch 😋More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the mackerel and lobster and mussel soup as starters. Both were great. We shared the steak on the bone. This was well cooked, but not exceptional and the chips were disappointing.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had been really looking forward to trying this place for a long time. Most staff were lovely although one waitress came across as being very abrupt which wasn’t the best start. Starter was completely bland and very underwhelming. Main course of fish was not cooked...and had to be sent back. Dessert was the best bit. Extremely overpriced for a completely underwhelming experience. How this place has won best pub I’m really not quite sure, I guess it’s not what you know it’s who you know.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 12 September 2021 via mobile

Really disappointed. The staff were very immature the chefs and waitresses using 4 letter language in the open kitchen, the chefs serious/play fighting on kitchen couldn’t tell. The started came with a mint vinegar was like malt vinegar with a few tiny fresh mint leaves...floating. Had a shared braised venison served in a well used casserole dish, with tongs to self serve. How on earth can venison be that tasteless. It’s such a strong meat. I can only assume it had been cooked in a large pot and constantly watered down. The dessert was nice which was a good thing as it was £10 alone. We won’t be back!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 8 September 2021 via mobile

Was looking forward to my first trip to the hare and hounds but was rather underwhelmed by the experience. Thought it was overpriced at £33 for a main and 2 sides, both of which were cold. The cheeseboard at £12.50 for 4 small pieces of...thinly cut cheese was also a rip off. The only positive was the male waiter was very attentive and polite. Unfortunately would not recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 September 2021

We were really looking forward to going here after hearing and reading some good reviews. This sadly, was not the case for us. We had a very disappointing and underwhelming experience. The nicest bit of the meal was the starter of pigs cheek, very good....The salt beetroot starter was exceptionally small and completely overpriced. The bread board was an absolute joke, 2 small slices of bread each with a tiny knob of butter for £5 - come on!! The main course was off the specials board but it certainly was not special! We had the slow cooked lamb shoulder with veg for 2. Came out in an orange pot with tongs and a ladle, obviously just out of the oven. It was so bland, fatty and tasteless that if I had closed my eyes I wouldn't have a clue what I was eating!! The little stacked potato side was again tasteless. I really think the chef had forgotten to season the whole meal. We declined desserts as we were completely deflated by now and didn't want to spend anymore of our hard earned money on mediocre food. The homemade rhubarb gin was lovely. We did have a courtesy check and mentioned that the food was not so good and it was the usual reply of "Oh I am sorry, I will tell chef". They did take the cost of 1 gin and 1 coke off the bill to try to compensate for the £40 spent on the lamb!! Another few things we noted. There was a cheese board along with cakes and bread which were left uncovered the whole time attracting a nice party of flies! Surely, it doesn't take much to cover food?? We certainly will not rush back.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 28 August 2021 via mobile

Lovely food, obviously aimed at high quality produce and food. I enjoyed it but think it should be more clear its not that child friendly. There were no children’s menu options and we were told we could have a meal with modifications. Nothing really suitable...on the menu for my three year old so I asked for some chips. My little one is an excellent eater and will eat most things but most meals either had egg in (allergy) or large hunks of red meat. Was told that they don’t do individual portions of chips as the chef only makes enough for the dishes. Chef interrupted waitress to say it was fine. Food came and was lovely. Asked for ketchup for the chips and was told “we don’t do ketchup”. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back as the food was lovely but I would go child free as they really don’t cater for them.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 22 August 2021 via mobile

A great visit on a wet and grey evening. Welcomed by attentive and knowledgeable staff. Slightly off-beat food excellently prepared and presented. All round, a good job done well! Thank you the Hare and Hounds

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 7 August 2021

We received a warm welcome, staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was very nice , I even ate foods I wouldn’t usually. We booked for 6pm so it was a little quiet while we were there but started filling up a little when...we left, price is very decent considering it’s a Michelin restaurant, we will be back for your 9 course taster when we can get in!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Justjax2013
10 August 2018|
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Response from lsw25 | Reviewed this property |
its on one level. there are about 3 spaces off road at the outlet front. parking is roadside- suggest they drop off disabled cust omer pre parking
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Sorry it's taken a while to get back to you. Dogs are allowed in the bar area at all times of year. If you wanted to dine with your dog, then as well as the bar menu, the a la carte menu from the restaurant is also available... More
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4
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