Young BRAPA is gorging on Gwent at the moment, so I know he’d want to see what a fully pinked Welsh county looks like.
I completed Glamorgan back in July at one of the dullest pubs in the Guide, but a quick look at the OS extract for St Athan reveals hidden depths.
Here, a few miles from bucolic Barry and laudable Llantwit Major we have a Seawatch centre, a power station, a castle, an airfield, and an abandoned “Boys Village” beloved of emo/hardcore bands who film their angsty videos there;
St Athans is the poorest rural rural area in the Vale, but the Roost is decidedly upmarket.
Only open from Thursday onward, the menu boasts “blow-torched mackerel fillets“, which seems a cruel way to kill them. We have blow-torched mackerel in Waterbeach, you know.
But, but, but. The GBG isn’t about the pub, it’s about the beer, right ?
And despite the standard order being “3 Madri, 1 Pravha“, or two (2) bottles of wine, the Landlord was enthusiastic about his lone Wye Valley pump to the point of cask evangelism.
It was a perfect temperature (“We’ve a new cellar that keeps it at 13 degrees“) and nodded with approval when I told him how good it was. And Wye Valley beers need a lot of love.
And here it got it, and it gets a 3.5+ from me to finish the chapter.
Come here for the brunch and have blow-torched mackerel and bottomless HPA for £35. Go on !