Nestled in the quiet village of Penmark, near Cardiff Airport, The Six Bells is a charming 16th century inn/pub offering a relaxed, homely atmosphere.
Alongside an impressive collection of beers, cask ales, wines and spirits, the pub offers a restaurant menu featuring a range of dishes, each freshly made using locally sourced produce.
The Six Bells has built up a fantastic reputation for its food, having received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the past two years running. The dishes on the menu are more sophisticated than your typical pub grub – think bacon and black pudding salad (£5.45), confit duck (£13.95) and chicken Madeira (£10.95), with a side of sautéed potatoes or a panache of vegetables. A number of trusty classics have made the cut though, like pie of the day (£9.50), ham, egg and chips (£9) and whole tail scampi (£9). Click here to see the full menu.
The prices are slightly above what you’d expect for pub food, but not entirely unreasonable for a restaurant based in an affluent village like Penmark. Besides, the quality of the food is far better than that served up in most pubs.
Food is served from 12pm-2.30pm and 6pm-9pm from Tuesday to Saturday, whilst Sunday dinner is served from 12pm-4pm.
I visited the Six Bells with my friend Sarah last Sunday, as we were very keen to try out their roast dinners. Prices range from £8.95 for one course, £10.95 for two courses or £14.95 for three courses.
The Sunday lunch menu is updated weekly, but it always includes three choices of meat, a fish option and a vegetarian dish. Even better, you get a Yorkshire pudding and stuffing with any of the meat options. There’s nothing worse than having to go without a Yorkshire pudding or stuffing just because you haven’t ordered beef or chicken. I like my roast dinners with all the trimmings, and that’s what you get at the Six Bells!
To start, there were five dishes to choose from. I was immediately drawn to the breaded Scottish haggis balls, served with a colourful side salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, sliced peppers, carrot and red onion and a whiskey cream sauce.
Coated in a layer of crispy, golden brown breadcrumbs, the haggis balls were delicious. They had that rich, peppery taste of haggis but because they were bite-size, they weren’t too heavy to enjoy as a starter.
Meanwhile, the whiskey cream sauce was very moreish. It wasn’t too overpowering and it had a thick, yet smooth consistency – the perfect match for the breaded haggis balls.
Sarah chose the chicken liver and pork terrine to start, served with warm toast, cherry compote and a crisp side salad.
The terrine was smooth, flavoursome and there was plenty of it, while the compote was very impressive; freshly made using whole cherries.
Being a poultry lover, I opted for the Roast Glamorganshire Turkey for my Sunday lunch.
When our waiter brought our meal to the table, we were literally in awe at the size of the Yorkshire puddings on our plates – they were enormous – and they tasted amazing, too! It was a good job our meals came with a gravy boat in addition to the gravy on our plates, as this came in very handy for dunking.
Served with both roast and new potatoes, stuffing and lashings of thick, meaty gravy, the turkey was tender and succulent, just how turkey should be. Sarah isn’t even that keen on turkey, but I let her try some and she thought it tasted great too.
Roast potatoes are my favourite part of Sunday lunch and I was pleased to discover that they were a deep golden brown, with a rich, crispy coating and a soft, fluffy centre.
Our roast dinners were served with a generous portion of steamed broccoli, cauliflower, carrot and white cabbage for sharing. All of the veg was cooked to perfection – not too soft, yet not undercooked – just fresh, firm and flavoursome.
Sarah couldn’t resist the sound of the roast New Farm topside of beef, also served with both roast and new potatoes, stuffing and a Yorkshire pudding, in a pool of gravy.
Slightly pink in the centre, the beef was succulent, moist and rich and it took barely any chewing. I began to wish I’d ordered it for myself!
After our starters and main courses, we were far too full to even entertain getting a dessert, but the Sunday lunch menu offered several tempting options, including caramel and apple tart, chocolate fudge cake and a selection of Welsh cheeses.
We had a truly fantastic time at the Six Bells. The food was exceptional, the service was very efficient and all of the staff were friendly and attentive. We could tell that they knew the locals as they chatted away to different tables of diners, but we were made to feel equally as welcome as newcomers.
As testament to how much we enjoyed our meals, we booked to return for Sunday lunch again next month before we even got out of the pub – just try to keep us away!
Where’s your favourite place for a roast dinner in Cardiff and surrounding areas? Let me know in the comments box below 🙂
The Six Bells
Vale of Glamorgan
(01446) 710 229
I was invited to The Six Bells as a guest and our food and drinks were provided complimentary; however, I was not obliged to write a positive review.