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Red Cow Inn

Certificate of Excellence
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Bar, British, Pub, Welsh, Vegetarian Friendly
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Main Road, Pontsticill, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 2UN, Wales
+44 1685 387775
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon 11:00 - 20:30
Tue 11:00 - 21:30
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went here mid week to take my parents out for a meal. The pub has the old rustic feel with flag stone floors, exposed beams and heavy wooden tables. The only thing missing was that the open fire wasn't lit, there again there wasn't many people in here. Although the food took some time to arrive the staff were always... More 

Thank ian795
Swansea, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never judge a book by its cover!! This place is a little drive out from the main tourist stays but well worth the trip especially if you have a dog with you. The pub is completely dog friendly - our Spaniel had a bowl of water brought to him before we had even got to the bar, and the staff... More 

Thank Ruth J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

food in there was stunning i had steak n ale pie wife had hunters chicken home cooked good price staff were great sat at a reserved table that someone didnt have the decency to turn up for thier lose our gain would recommend to everyone

Thank Andy C
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We both really enjoyed our generous homemade steak pies with real chips in this old style pub. The staff were friendly and a there was a cosy log fire burning. It is off the beaten track but well worth a visit. Food available 12-8 on Fridays & Saturdays but 12-4 other days.

Thank Tanya H
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dropped in on the off chance on a bust Saturday lunch time – all but one table reserved – so that showed some positive signs that the place was popular. We waited ages for our meal to be served to the table – my wife had the home-made Chicken & Leek Pie and Chips – she said it was the... More 

Thank Mike S
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just had the worst home made curry I have ever tasted. Ordered desert, waited 25 mins it didn't turn up so we left. I don't understand the positive reviews. Simply awful.

Thank Loran6
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Good, honest, homemade pub food at a decent price. We had fish and chips, hunters chicken, nutella cheesecake & warm waffles and ice cream + drinks. All tastey. Mains portion sizes were perfect; quite big, as pub food should be! Desserts were also large! In hindsight we probably should have ordered one between us (the slab of cheesecake was big!).... More 

Thank ea396
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

The pub is cosy and the staff friendly. We had been recommended to go here but were very disappointed with our food. Cheap sausages, thick cold gravy, soggy vinegar chips and a burned Glamorgan sausage.

Thank soniaEngland
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

i had a lovely sunday roast and my friend had lovely fish chips peas.best place staff where great lovely place friendly people could do enough for you

Thank Mjbrazier1
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

A few friends and I went for a meal here and it was a lovely evening. There's a real cosy country pub atmosphere and the food was homemade and terrific. We had the curry and gave it top marks. The dessert was phenomenal. Quite possibly the biggest piece of homemade cheesecake I've ever encountered and also, the only one to... More 

Thank Sarbrett

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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
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Bar, British, Pub, Welsh, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road, Pontsticill, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 2UN, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Merthyr Tydfil  >  Merthyr Tydfil  >  Pontsticill
  • Phone Number: +44 1685 387775
Under new management as of 1/2/2015

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?