The Bush Inn in St Hilary, just outside Cowbridge, is a pretty chocolate box pub with a thatched roof and old stone walls. Inside The Bush Inn is also full of character, with its open inglenook fireplace, arched stone doorways, flag stone floors and oak beams.
It is no wonder it has been the backdrop in many TV dramas not to mention the successful Sherlock Holmes with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
The bar area of the Bush Inn is tiny, with a few benches and bar stools next to beer barrel tables. There are then two additional rooms where you can have a drink or a meal and one room for the main restaurant. We ate in the room with the open fireplace which had tables ready laid with pretty candles giving it a nice inviting glow.
Being a Sunday, whilst there were other bites available on the menu, we both opted for the Beef Dinner. There was also a choice of chicken or lamb roast dinners.
The childrens menu was pretty extensive with the usual nuggets right through to a choice of salmon and included a scoop of ice-cream. Ours opted for the kids roasts, one beef and one chicken and one ham, eggs and chips.
When our food came I was slightly sceptical of the presentation, as whilst it looked lovely with the food piled high, I felt a little short changed on the vegetables. But on tucking in, I found that there was plenty.
The vegetables of carrot, cabbage and broccoli were al-dente and fresh. The beef was tasty, if not a little overdone and an extra slice would not have gone amiss. The roast potatoes were perfect, crispy on the outside with fluffy centres.
The gravy was delicious, thick and dark, just like Welsh gravy should be. Just as well really as the plate was swimming in it, fine for me, but my husband said he would have preferred less. It may have been better to put less and provide a jug on the side for people like me who can’t get enough of it.
Dinner was washed down with a glass of easy drinking Rioja for me and a pint of local ale for hubby.
The childrens dinners went down well and apart from the stuffing, of which they’re not fans, their plates were cleared. The ham and egg were also of good quality and my fussiest eater made a good attempt at finishing it off.
The pudding menu beckoned. We opted for the Oreo cheesecake and a vanilla crème brûlée. The kiddies had scoops of ice-cream and quite a few spoonfuls of my cheesecake.
My cheesecake was heaven on a plate, the Oreo biscuit base and the creamy centre with the crunch topping was just mouth-wateringly perfect.
The crème brûlée with its shortcake biscuit was also reportedly delicious.
We left the Bush Inn with very full and satisfied bellies and my eldest asking if we could return next week. I’m not sure we’ll be back again that soon, but we all agreed that we won’t leave it long until we’re back at The Bush again for a Sunday Roast.
Family Friendly Rating: ****
High Chairs – Yes
Baby Changing –No
Childrens Menu – Yes
Dog friendly: Yes
Tel: 01446 776888
Address: The Bush Inn, St Hilary, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7DP