There are very few places that you come across where the food is excellent, the service is friendly and courteous, the prices are reasonable and the restaurant is full of charm and ambience, but I am pleased to say that the Ogmore Farm Team Rooms really does tick all the boxes.
The restaurant is set in an old farmhouse, and as you enter you feel like you are being welcomed into someone’s home. You are greeted with a smile, taken to your table and asked if you have brought any wine for opening. As it doesn’t have a license, you can take your own wine which they charge a £3.00 corkage fee for.
There are just two rooms that accommodate diners, a small room next to the kitchen which was reserved for a larger party and the front room which had just five tables, with us being on the largest table for 8. The décor is what you would expect in a traditional farmhouse, the old welsh dresser with antique plates, pictures of hunting donning the walls along with the stuffed fox head that was looking over us as we ate. It’s like being in your Nan’s old front room, making it a very cosy dining experience which adds to the warm and welcoming atmosphere.
The menu is written on a small chalk board on the wall, there’s a choice of about 5 starters, 4 types of roast meats for Sunday lunch and a couple of alternative choices such as venison pie, seabass or mussels. For starters, amongst us we tried the homemade chicken liver pate, prawns in avocado, garlic mushrooms and smoked salmon. All were served with a side salad, with a delicious dressing and they were all devoured with nods of approval. My pate was seriously good, a nice thick course pate which somehow seemed to melt in the mouth. The starters ranged from £4.50 to £6.00.
For mains, we had a slight panic as my sister is a pescatarian and we noticed that there wasn’t a vegetarian or fish option on the menu. As we were in the last sitting of 4.30 p.m. we were informed that they had sold out of the seabass already, but they could have mussels. The host did recommend that next time we let them know in advance as everything is made fresh and so when it’s gone, it’s gone! She said if they knew they would make sure that suitable options would be held back for us. So something to consider if you have any special dietary requirements that it’s worth ringing ahead.
My sister wanted more of a dinner than a bowl of mussels, so the host then suggested Yorkshire puddings filled with creamy mushrooms, which sounded a delicious vegetarian option and so was ordered.
The rest of the table all opted for Sunday roasts (all at £9.95), we had the Beef, Lamb, Pork and two children’s pork dinners. The beef and lamb were served with a huge Yorkshire pudding, the pork with crisp crackling and then roast potatoes, boiled new potatoes, carrots, peas and cauliflower and lashings of rich thick gravy. Everything was seasoned well and there were layers upon layers of meat. Our youngest was given an empty plate and she tucked into some of the meat and vegetables as there was plenty to go round.
We were all so full after the starter and mains that none of us could manage a desert, so we decided to all have a coffee. Before our coffees we took the little ones outside to get some fresh air, and they played in the garden and visited the chickens. The view from the garden towards the castle are wonderful and it would be lovely to sit outside for afternoon tea on a warmer day.
As we were celebrating a birthday we had taken a birthday cake and candles with us which they brought out to us at the same time as the coffees. We were so full we couldn’t even force down a morsel of that either, so we ended up taking it back with us in the box for later.
We were at the Ogmore Farm Tea Rooms for over two hours, it was a very relaxed, unrushed affair, which is just what is needed with such large portions on offer. The host and the staff were all very friendly and the chef also makes an appearance to check that everything is of the required standard during the meal. We enjoyed it so much we have already made our next booking!
Update: This is no longer at the farmhouse at Ogmore but at Frolics restaurant in Southerndown where they are open every Sunday. We have been there since and it was equally as nice.
Family Friendly Rating: ****
High Chairs – Yes
Baby Changing –No
Childrens Menu – Yes
Smaller Portions Available – Yes
Other Info: It is worth phoning ahead if anyone in your party has special dietary requirements.
Address: Ogmore by Sea, Bridgend CF32 0QP