Where to eat and drink
Two excellent country inns are within 3 and 10 minute walks.
The Barley Mow – Turn right at the end of the drive and walk to the bottom of the hill; the ‘Barley’ is on the left. A range of fine ales and home cooked food is served in either a restaurant or open fire setting.
The Red Fox – Turn left at the end of the drive and take the right fork along the narrow road through the woods. Turn right, and right again after 300 metres or so. The ‘Fox’ is 100 metres on the right. The walk is well worth it. The welcome is excellent and the food is currently amongst the finest on offer in the Vale. A range of home cooked food and daily specials are served in either the oak – floored Restaurant or flag – stone floored bar.
Some two miles away is the market town of Cowbridge. There you will find a wider selection of restaurants. By day, The Vale Inn and The Bear Hotel serve excellent pub lunches. Farthings and The Market Place are always good day or night and if you want something extra special try the silver service at Huddarts. For tapas Bar 44 is very good. All can be found on the High Street. A range of coffee bars and tea rooms are available throughout the town.
For oriental cuisine, there is an excellent Chinese restaurant at the side of the river, just behind the Town Hall. On the hill to the East of Cowbridge along the A48 is one of South Wales best Indian restaurants, the Mughal Emperor.
More country inns can be accessed within a file mile drive.
The renowned ‘Plough and Harrow’ at Monknash is well worth a visit. The food is excellent and you won’t find a finer selection of real ales within South Wales. It hasn’t won the CAMRA pub of the year award so many times for nothing!
The Blue Anchor at East Aberthaw is a traditional thatched country inn, with a unique atmosphere of small, cosy snugs and bars.
Others worth trying are The Carne Arms in Llysworney, The Victoria Inn at Siginstone,The Sycamore Tree at Colwinston and the Farmers Arms and Hare and Hounds in Aberthin.
Further a field, Cardiff City Centre and Bay areas have all you would expect of such a vibrant and dynamic City. Ask us for a recommendation!
For a morning coffee or afternoon tea, Cowbridge offers several great stops. If you are out and about, try the Tearooms next to Ogmore Castle, the small cafe near Ewenny Pottery and the Beach cafe at Llantwit Major. Cobbles coffee house at Ogmore by Sea is a must for a hearty breakfast, fine snacks and excellent coffee.