Last night we fancied avoiding cooking and decided to go out to a local pub.  We wanted to avoid Cowbridge since we guessed that it would be very busy on one of the last Friday’s before Christmas.

A friend recommended the Red Fox Inn in the village of Penllyn just off the A48 near Cowbridge.  The pub used to be owned by Peter Karrie of Phantom of the Opera fame.

The pub has always had a good reputation and is now run by Georgina and Richard who have lots of experience behind them in the hotel business.

The pub has a real atmosphere and we were glad that we arrived early as it filled up quickly.  The pub is unusual these days in that it has a strong loyal local village clientele as well as people who have come from further afield.

Georgina, or George as she likes to be called, is a real welcoming character and you know straight away that the whole place is based around good service.

The pub has a good range of beers including the locally brewed Tomos Watkins ales.  We had a choice to eat in the bar or in the delightfully laid out restaurant.  We decided on the bar as the restaurant was empty but it quickly filled.

The food was great, there was a varied, though not too large menu, with a few “specials”.  I had a delicious Welsh Rarebit, with bacon, for starters followed by Glamorgan Sausages for main.  Glamorgan Sausages are a local Welsh vegetarian speciality, made from cheese and leeks in a breadcrumb coating and these were great examples.

We left well satisfied and it only cost £36 for the two of us for 2 courses each, including drinks.  Great value!!

Thoroughly recommended!!!  A great example of a real village pub.

You can find the Red Fox Inn off the A48 just 2 miles west of Cowbridge.  Click here for a map. Recommended to book if you are a large party, or intend to visit on Friday or Saturday – tel. 01446 772352

And don’t forget to tell George that I sent you!

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