Restaurant Review of The Star Inn, Treoes

The Star Inn sits in the pretty village of Treoes, in the Vale of Glamorgan, a short drive from Bridgend.  We decided to call there one evening this week for a family dinner and we were very lucky to get the last free table.  On a mid-week, Wednesday evening, it was nice to see  a pub to be so packed, with a combination of couples, families and groups all tucking in to their pub grub, which made for a very nice atmosphere.

The pub has open exposed brick work, a burning log fire, low lighting and candles on the tables making for a cosy ambience.  We were shown to our table by a friendly waitress, asked for our drink order and then left to peruse the extensive menu.  It had the usual pub classics of steak, curry of the day, steak and ale pie along with other fancier options such as beef wellington and pasta choices.

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The childrens menu was very reasonably priced at £4.00, with the usual fare of sausage, scampi, pizza all served with chips and peas.  As my eldest was hoping for pasta so we asked if they would do a half portion from their main menu, and they were more than happy to oblige.  My other son, as usual went for the sausages.

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The pasta was served with garlic bread, which looked very tasty.  The  pasta was penne in a tomato sauce with chicken and bacon, it wouldn’t have been my type of sauce but he was happy.  The sausages looked tasty enough, and they were tucked into without complaint.

I ordered the Homemade Cow Pie, beef in a beer sauce topped with puff pastry, with garlic herb sauté potatoes.  My husband ordered the 8oz Rump Steak, served with mushrooms, onion rings with a side of ‘posh’ chips and a stilton sauce.

The food when it arrived had a number of serving dishes, the herb potatoes in a little frying pan, the posh chips in a mini wire basket, my side of veg in another dish, the gravy in another, the stilton sauce in another.  We were lucky we had a large enough table to accommodate it all!

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Unfortunately, the food I thought was more style over substance.  My pie had a nice pastry top, but the pie filling was a let down with only small amounts of beef, and a sauce which was on the thin side with not much flavour.  This was accompanied with a side of vegetables which I found overcooked, under seasoned and bland in flavour as a result.  The potatoes were the tastiest part of the meal for me, they were lovely, plenty of herbs and nice and tender, and not at all oily.

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My husband wasn’t overly impressed with his steak,  it was cooked correctly but he said the meat was sinewy, and he ended up leaving quite a bit.  The rest of his meal was much better, the chips were nice (but we’re not sure why they should be described as posh, unless it was to do with the wire basket they were served in) and the stilton and mushroom sauce was very tasty.

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We didn’t opt for desert, but the kids did have a scoop of strawberry and chocolate ice-cream topped with some decorative white and milk chocolate, which was quickly devoured.

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On the whole I found the food to be ok, and we might have just been unlucky on the night if the stack of positive Trip Advisor reviews are anything to go by.  It was also reasonably priced.  Being such a cosy family friendly pub, with great service and within an easy drive, it had the promise of becoming a regular haunt for us, but based on the food we sampled, I wouldn’t say I’d never go again but I also won’t be rushing back in a hurry!

Additional Information:

Family Friendly Rating: ****
Ambience: ****
Food: ***
Overall: ***

High Chairs – Yes
Baby Changing –No 
Childrens Menu – Yes
Smaller Portions Available – Yes
Other Info: N/A

Address: Treoes, Near Bridgend, CF35
Tel: 01656 658458
Website:  www.starinntreoes.co.uk

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