Saturday, July 29, 2006

The Bell Inn

Went to this pub when there was an event on so there was a hog roast in the garden meaning I didn't have to buy a meal and so didn't try the impressive menu. Very nice looking pub with some good ales at the bar. There was also a beer festival in the old barn/shed at the bottom of the garden where you could try any of 17 unusual beers.
The tokens from the bar were expensive however and when told that one of the ales was off, and it really was off, he told the staff the to keep selling and not refund as the beer was supposed to be like that.
The staff in the shed/barn suggested he was tight b*#tard and not particularly popular, I didn't care, I tried 16 different halves of ales and was well on my way to a hangover.

Mangos Thai Restaurant - Bridgend

Went to Mangos with some friends on their recommendation, very good. The service is excellent as were the staff attentive but not too intrusive.
You have plenty of time between courses to have a conversation and are not rushed at all.
The food was delicious, my mussels were superb and all of us thoroughly enjoyed every dish and course.
The meal came to £100 for four of us including the drinks (a couple of beers, bottle of wine and Irish coffee).

mangos on google maps

Mangos Thai Restaurant
6 Queen Street
Bridgend
Mid Glamorgan
CF31 1HX
Tel: 01656 653131

Friday, July 28, 2006

The Tredegar Arms - Bassaleg

The Tredegar Arms.
It isn't the first time I have stopped off here but I haven't really got enough to write about it yet, except there is big car park with a large garden, with chidrens play area (I have been told off for ignoring any pubs with kids play areas).
Is it my fault I dislike children squawking and squealing while I use the very little free time I have to relax?
Anyway, I digress, big pub which I haven't fully seen yet, seems to have a large focus on food, but there are a couple of decent guest ales there that seem to change regularly.
Will be trying out the food shortly I think.

Caerphilly Road,
Bassaleg,
Newport
NP10 8LE.
Tel: 01633 893247

Googlemaps aerial view

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Star Inn - Llanfihangel-Tor-Y-Mynydd (Llansoy)

Came across this place last week, set in a little hamlet in a beautiful area.
Several different cask ales on and the bar menu looked really interesting, rabbit, fresh salmon, some really unusual pub meals.
There also seemed a good few vegetarian options available.
Lovely outside, plenty of parking and both the bar and lounge seemed tidy. Didn't look at the restaurant as we were outside nearly the whole time.
Am definately planning to go back for some food.

Llanfihangel-Tor-Y-MynyddLlansoy
Usk
Gwent
NP151DT
01291 650256

The Seabank Hotel - Porthcawl

Ah, the Seabank, a decaying relic to remind us that once Porthcawl was a vibrant seaside resort.
Stopped for a meal and a drink outside here recently, the drink has to be bottled as they can't run a good beer for more than a day or two, and the meal took an hour to arrive, was seriously sub-standard and was only just warm.
The real pity is that the bar staff are really quite helpfuil and friendly so when you have to angrily demand your money back, they are very apologetic and it obviously isn't their fault.
I personally wanted the kitchen staff to come out and face my wrath, ok maybe wrath is a bit strong but I certainly would have enjoyed telling them that they were incompetent and why.
For a full review read The Seabank Porthcawl