I love a good pub! For me, a good pub has to have a roaring open fire, a good selection of wines and ales and a good pub menu. Preferably it shouldn’t be a chain. Nothing against chains, but they do tend to be either too bland or too gimmicky! Pleased to say that the Lamb and Flag Wick ticks all the boxes for a great pub. Well in my criteria anyway.
The Lamb and Flag Wick, is a new venture for husband and wife team Ceri and John, who used to run the very successful and ‘special’ restaurant Arbennig and the Arbennig Emporium in Pontcanna. You may have seen that it was on my list of places to visit in Wales in 2017 or in our interview with Ceri and John.
Our Review of The Lamb and Flag Wick
We called in on a recent Saturday for a spot of lunch. The former coaching inn dates back to the 16th century and oozes character with its exposed brick, lovely open log fire and quaint little stone windows.
We had brought our colouring in supplies for the little ones (we tend to leave a bag in the car for impromptu stops) but it was nice to be offered colouring in pencils and activity sheets by the waiting staff. Little touches like that, along with the plastic beakers and curly straws, show how family friendly they are.
Being there for lunch, we decided to go straight for the main meals with no starters, and as always I had an internal battle as to whether to opt for the curry or the pie!
It wasn’t a huge menu, which always gives me more confidence of the food being freshly prepared. However there was still plenty of choice of pub classics including scampi, steak and ale pie, burger, chicken curry and faggots. There was also a lighter lunch menu with sandwiches on offer.
The Little Lambs kids menu had a choice of sausages, chicken or fish goujons. All three of ours chose the sausages! I opted for the pie and my husband chose the burger. The pie comes with mash, but as I was in the mood for chips, they swapped it for me, no problem.
My pie came served in a square bowl, a fully encased pie, topped with vibrant peas and lashings of thick dark welsh gravy. On the side there were big fat chunky crispy chips piled high.
The pie was amazing. It was rammed with tender beef and the pastry was melt in the mouth with a bit of a crunch. Whilst I’m tempted to try the curry next time it’s going to be hard to say no to the pie!
It was also nice to have a fully encased pie rather than just the pastry top that many seem to do. The chips were just as chips should be, crisp on the outside and nice and fluffy in the centre.
My husbands burger was stacked high with a juicy burger at it’s centre, topped with bacon, melted cheese and a ragu sauce. It’s wasn’t your normal pub type burger, it was much more of a gourmet burger of restaurant standard.
The kids meals were devoured without complaint. The showstopper for them was the ice-cream sundae. Vanilla ice-cream topped with chocolate sauce and cream with wafer biscuits.
Whilst I was way too full from the pie, my husband could not resist the calling of the desserts. Their After Eight pudding. This was a rich chocolate mousse served with fresh mint ice-cream, shards of dark chocolate and gratings of dark chocolate. It was seriously good (I ended up tucking into it quite a bit) and a nice way to finish off a very good meal.
Whilst its early days for the new owners. They have already put their own stamp on it in terms of the food. They have elevated their dishes way above what you would usually expect from a local pub.
The Lamb and Flag Wick – Our Verdict
The Lamb and Flag was certainly a hit as far as we are concerned. It’s nice to have a pub close by which is so full of character. It has a lovely log inglenook fire, friendly staff and serves up unpretentious pub classics, which are freshly cooked.
Additional Information about the Lamb and Flag Wick:
Family Friendly Rating: *****
High Chairs – Yes
Baby Changing –No
Childrens Menu – Yes
Other Info: N/A