Last Sunday, I ventured out of my usual dining territory of Cardiff and visited Pantruthyn Farm in Pencoed, Bridgend, a cosy pub/restaurant built within an old farm house that still retains many of its original features.
Pantruthyn Farm is owned by Table Table, a brand belonging to the biggest hospitality company in the UK, Whitbread, which has over 2,800 hotels, restaurants and coffee shops across Britain.
The menu is what you would expect from a pub restaurant chain, featuring classic comfort food favourites like sausage and mash, chicken curry and rice, macaroni cheese and fish and chips, alongside a selection of hearty pies, gourmet burgers, steaks and salads.
To start, we shared the Table Table sharing platter (£8.99); a combination of garlic and herb breaded mushrooms, Louisiana chicken goujons, calamari, battered onion rings, garlic bread and coleslaw, served with two dips from a choice of BBQ, sour cream, ranch, blue cheese or sweet chilli.
We included five Buffalo wings (£3.99 extra with the sharing platter; £4.99 alone), opting for the spicy hot flavour as opposed to the milder BBQ option.
Everything on the sharing platter was fresh, hot and tasty, but my favourite foods were the Buffalo chicken wings, which had a crispy coating and a a tender meaty centre (although they weren’t very spicy) and the garlic and herb breaded mushrooms, which were juicy and flavoursome.
As it was a Sunday, I opted for a traditional roast dinner. The choices were beef, pork or vegetable pie, as they had run out of turkey by the time we arrived at around 4.30pm. I went for the beef because it came with a Yorkshire pudding, although the pork sounded delicious as it was served with crackling.
My roast beef dinner (£8.99) was very impressive; several thick slices of succulent roast topside of beef with root vegetable mash, fine green beans, plenty of crispy roast potatoes and a large, freshly baked Yorkshire pudding, all soaked in gravy, with a portion of horseradish sauce on the side.
The roasties were amazing – crispy on the outside, with a soft, fluffy centre – and to my delight, there were plenty of them! Meanwhile, the beef was tender and the root vegetable mash was full of flavour; carrot, swede and parsnip if I remember rightly!
Fancying some lamb, Sarah ordered the lamb rump (£12.99), served with a choice of buttered or garlic roasted potatoes, green beans and kale and a red wine sauce (which was served in a gravy boat for self-pouring).
This looked very appetising. The lamb was beautifully cooked and slightly pink inside, while the kale was vibrant and fresh and the garlic roasted potatoes looked really tasty.
To accompany our mains, we shared a side order of cauliflower cheese (£2.69). This can be ordered for one or two people, but given the size of our main courses, the single portion size was plenty for us to share between us.
I love cauliflower cheese because it’s such a homely, comforting dish, and this one was no exception. Served in a small bowl, the cauliflower cheese was both creamy and cheesy and it had a crispy, golden brown topping.
Feeling full up after our big starter and main courses, we decided to share a dessert. Alongside a range of delicious desserts and puddings, Pantruthyn Farm offers a selection of sundaes to round off your meal.
We shared the cookie dough sundae (£3.99); cookie dough, vanilla ice cream and chocolate brownie bites, finished with whipped cream and drizzled in chocolate sauce.
This was one of the nicest sundaes I’ve tasted in a restaurant, and despite being fit to burst, we managed to polish it all off between us. At under £4, this was well worth the money and I would definitely go for a sundae if I was to visit Pantruthyn Farm again.
We both really enjoyed our first visit to Pantruthyn Farm. The food was great, the service was friendly and the prices were very affordable.
Although it’s a little out of the way for me to visit regularly, I won’t hesitate to call in to Pantruthyn Farm for a bite to eat if I happen to visit Porthcawl Beach this summer – the sea air will make me hungry!
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I was invited to Pantruthyn Farm as a guest and our food and drinks were provided complimentary; however, I was not obliged to write a positive review.