Restaurant review: The Pottery – Treforest, Pontypridd

Last week I visited The Pottery in Treforest, Pontypridd, in search of some tasty pub grub with my friend Sarah.

Part of the Sizzling Pubs chain, The Pottery offers reasonably priced food and drink for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The menu includes popular grilled dishes like burgers, steak, chicken, ribs and mixed grills alongside pub classics like macaroni cheese, chicken tikka massala and fish and chips, with a roast dinner served on Sundays. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious (or just plain greedy!)  you can take on ‘The Unfinishables’ – food challenges including the Sky Scraper Burger (£10.49), the Mega Meat Feast (£19.99), A Whole Lot of Pie (£12.49) or 50 Too Hot To Handle Wings (£14.29).

With a warm friendly welcome, cosily-lit dining area and traditional Christmas tree and decorations, The Pottery provided the perfect dining atmosphere for a cold December evening.

To start, we ordered the Ultimate Tasting Platter (£8.79) to share so that we could sample a range of items from the starter menu. This included nachos with salsa and cheddar cheese, BBQ chicken wings, southern fried chicken goujons, breaded mushrooms and garlic bread, with sweet chilli, soured cream and BBQ dips. The platter was generously sized and could probably have fed up to three people. All of the food tasted fresh and hot,and there wasn’t anything that we didn’t like, although the garlic bread deserves a special mention for being so soft and flavoursome, without being overloaded with garlic. The nachos could definitely have done with some more cheese, though.

For my main course, I ordered the classic surf and turf (£7.29), a 5 oz rump steak with six pieces of wholetail scampi, chips, half a grilled tomato and a flat mushroom with peppercorn sauce (+ £0.99p). The steak was cooked medium-rare to my liking, but it was quite tough to cut through and took a fair bit of chewing. The scampi was particularly disappointing because it was dry and overcooked, although Sarah and I wondered whether this may have been because it was served on a sizzling skillet. The chips were as you would expect from a pub chain – frozen and fried – they tasted okay but weren’t anything special. However, I’m pleased to say that the peppercorn sauce was deliciously creamy, with just the right balance of pepper.

Sarah opted for the classic mixed grill (£7.49), including a 5 oz rumb steak, 4 oz Danish gammon steak, two British sausages and a chicken breast with a grilled half tomato and curly fries in place of regular chips (+ £0.79p), finished with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee sauce (+ £0.99p). This was a decently sized mixed grill and it looked pretty good. Sarah was particularly impressed by the quality of the meat and her choice of sauce. I would definitely consider ordering the mixed grill if I was to visit The Pottery again.

Having polished off our main courses Sarah and I would have loved to have ordered a dessert (we had our eyes on one of The Pottery’s tempting sundaes!), but after a relatively large starter and our hearty main courses, we were feeling pretty stuffed and so decided to give it a miss. Next time, I would go for a smaller starter to make sure I left enough room for dessert.

If you’re looking for a quality meal that won’t cost you too much, The Pottery is well worth a visit. It’s the perfect place for a pub meal with friends or family, with a children’s menu also available.

The Pottery
Treforest Industrial Estate
Powys Road
South Wales
CF37 5YR
(01443) 843 563

I was invited to The Pottery as a guest and our food and drinks were complimentary.


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