The Bush Inn in St Hilary, just outside Cowbridge, is a really pretty chocolate box pub. With its lovely thatched roof, old stone walls and quaint criss cross windows. 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. Most recently in the successful Sherlock Holmes with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
The bar area of the Bush Inn is tiny. It has a few bar stools next to some beer barrel tables and a few nooks to sit at. 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.
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.
It was nice to see an extensive childrens menu. They had the usual chicken nuggets right through to a choice of salmon. The kiddies menu also included a scoop of ice-cream. Ours opted for the kids roasts, one beef and one chicken and one ham, eggs and chips.
The Food at St Hilary
When our food came, it did look gorgeous with the food piled high. Although I initially 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. This was fine for me, as I love gravy, but my husband said he would have preferred less. It may have been better to serve in a jug on the side so you can choose how much you have.
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.
Now I’m not usually one for pudding. But with Oreo cheesecake on offer I couldn’t say no. My husband chose his favourite, the crème brûlée. The kiddies had scoops of ice-cream and quite a few spoonfuls of my cheesecake too.
The Oreo cheesecake was heaven on a plate. An Oreo biscuit base, creamy centre with some Oreo crunch and an Orero crunch topping was scrumptious.
The crème brûlée with its shortcake biscuit was also reportedly yummy.
We certainly left the Bush Inn with very full and satisfied bellies. My eldest, who admittedly does love a roast, asked 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 Inn 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