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Blue Anchor Inn

Certificate of Excellence
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British, Gastropub, Bar, Pub, Welsh, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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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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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't book. Lovely quirky 14th century pub. The service was good and the food was great. We had 2 courses and it was all without fault. The belly pork and faggots was delicious as was the lamb shank.

Thank Emma P
Barry, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mash potato cold carrots over cooked broccoli under cooked and the steak and ale pie should read steak and air pie.

Thank Andy C
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60 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called for lunch (slight detour) on the way to Cardiff. Well worth the extra miles! Had been here many years ago and it was just as charming as we remembered. A lovely old building, with very well kept bitter (6X - wonderful) decent menu, and generous portions. Mussels to start was very good, gammon main and beef stroganoff (today's specials)... More 

Thank AAAAA22
Oslo, Norway
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent Saturday lunch here. A fine selection of ales and beers An impressive menu, we went for soup of the day, delicious.

Thank Martin G
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Needed to find somewhere close to the airport and while we arrived with only 9 minutes left before end of lunch service, we weren't rushed at all. Great service, lovely food and so convenient for the airport!

Thank Fiona M
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38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very impressed with the surroundings of this establishment a very oldy worldy feel, friendly and attentive staff and not overcrowded for a Saturday lunch time, the menu is very simplistic to follow and caters for all tastes and reasonably priced, the food is top quality, the desserts are delicious and you can add or take out items that you may... More 

Thank markymark2006
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today for Sunday lunch after positive reviews. Great value for money and the food was exceptional. Lovely old building. My only issue was when we entered the pub it was all a bit maze like. There were many staff around, and despite us trying to grab their attention, we ended up walking around the building for 10mins like lost... More 

Thank Samera86
Barry, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a pleasant evening here but food a little pretentious. Staff jolly and helpful but not much atmosphere in the bar or restaurant. Locals drinking in bar looked very displeased with 16 "outsiders " arriving at 730 pm .needs a bit of reassessing.

Thank emilyjb19
Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for lunch with the family and we had a lovely time. Food portions were huge - so much so we opted not to have a starter to leave room for pudding - no chance! We were all full after the main meal! Lovely and hot, great flavours. The staff were lovely and the pub is huge but still retained... More 

Thank Miles O
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went and had lunch at The Blue Anchor for my birthday. The main restaurant was closed but they have the same menu in the bar. My husband had the fish and chips and I had the venison which was absolutely delicious. A pub with loads of character and great food. What more could you want

Thank Jean S

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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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.