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  • Beach Road
    Swanbridge

    Penarth CF64 5UG
  • Phone number 029 2053 0066
  • Business website whitbread.co.uk
  • “This is a great pub, lovely building but was a little let down by the food.” in 3 reviews

  • “The beer garden is fab in the Summer!” in 2 reviews

  • Have been for lunch 3 times in the past 3 weeks at The Captains Wife - each time the food has been perfect and with really good service too.” in 2 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    24/3/2010

    I live at the captains wife. I mean, not literally but I've been going there since I was a child. In the old days it was a terrifying old pub with a roaring fire and middle aged eccentric locals. It's rumored to be haunted, I once swore I saw a hooded man in the beer garden but I was 8 and heavily into watching things about beheading. (Mostly Anne Boleyn, don't worry my parents weren't horrible or anything)

    Then it was bought and for a few years it was 'Charlie Chalks' a horrible family pub with plastic food and soft play areas for the kiddies. Such a shame because it's in a truly beautiful setting.

    Luckily it's been bought again and the last few years have lead the reformation of the Captains Wife. It's back on form. It's a proper upmarket country pub. The food is fantastic and great value for money, the staff are friendly and not just because they know me and the chips are some of the best i've tasted. There isn't a huge selection of vegetarian food but there is always a daily special. On a Sunday the place is absolutely rammed. A sign of how far they've come from those horrible  Charlie Chalks days. If you're a veggie, go and have the Spinach and Mushroom Lasagne that comes with cheesy ciabatta. If you're a carnivore make the most of it and have a huge juicy burger. You'll be surprised how good it is for pub food.

  • 3.0 star rating
    17/6/2014

    Bring a book. Because of its great location, this place tends to be busy -- especially on a Sunday afternoon or when the weather is nice. However, the service is incredibly slow. Partially this is because of the popularity of the place but I suspect it has much more to do with poor management structure.

    Captains Wife is a Vintage Inn and I've had similar experiences at other Vintage Inns. Food can take well over an hour to arrive. When it does it is OK, but clearly the sort of cuisine that should have arrived within 8 minutes.

    So, as I say, bring a book. And don't go there hungry.

    • Qype User hranic…
    • Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan
    • 15 friends
    • 60 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/10/2008

    the location is beautiful, with fantastic views. This is a great pub, lovely building but was a little let down by the food. Although very tasty i was a little suprised at the amount for the money.. maybe your paying for the view. I was just left feeling fairly hungry still, I last had scampy and chips and thats exasctly what i had. no side salad, or anything, just seemed a little odd, and wasn't at a bargain price. The car park also is a little confusing, as you aproach the pub there is all pay and display spaces, but i had a feeling that around the corner it was free parking for the pub. But not totaly sure about this, as i had already parked in the pay and display. this i felt was a little cheeky.. i may of put me off had i know prior to going.
    over all an ok pub, a lot of seating on large benches outside made up for it with its stunning views.

    • Qype User jonnie…
    • Edinburgh
    • 5 friends
    • 80 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    25/4/2008

    At the end of a long winding country lane overlooking Sully Island is The Captain's Wife pub and restaurant. This is a very pleasant, old-style pub bit due to it's location it is a bit difficult to get to without a car.

    It on two floors with a large garden with plenty of tables, and a play area for children and an active dovecote.

    Ypu can take your beer and wander across to the sea wall after your meal and watch the fishermen on the island. Or even walk there yourself (see Tourist Trap Tip).

    The Captain's Wife was apparently named after the body of a woman found behind a wall in the pub. The 'Captain' is said to have been a pirate, who disappeared one night never to be seen again.

    Beinf 'Brewers Fayre' the restaurant does great pub grub - - ranging in price from £6-£11 for a main dish.

    Also available are smaller , cheaper daytime meals, which are the same as the evening menu. There is a reasonable vegetarian choice. NNot to mention the beer which is also of a high standard.

    • Qype User tracie…
    • Bridgend
    • 0 friends
    • 4 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    27/5/2010

    Decided to have Sunday lunch at The Captains Wife, big mistake, Location is fantastic, bit of a weird set up in the pub, had to look for the bar but it was quirky.

    We ordered starters my partner had the prawn cocktail, I had crispy garlic mushrooms, we were very impressed as they were really tasty and we thought we made the right choice. However, before were half way through the starters, the main course turned up, the staff looked a bit embarrassed and said sorry but put the meals down anyway, they didn't even offer to take them back, and what really annoyed me was the manager was stood at the table next to ours talking to another couple and she didn't intervene either.

    We were trying to finish our starters when a waiter turned up with a tray of condiments and asked what we would like, as we both had lamb we asked for mint sauce, he put it on the table and stood there looking embarrassed before saying that we had to use it there and then as he needed to take it, so we had to put our starters aside and use the sauce, we left the starters in the end as there was a number of wasps hovering over our main course.

    The main course was nothing to write home about, I enquired as to whether we would be getting a gravy boat as there was about two table spoons of gravy on the lunch, the waitress said no and gave me a funny look so I had to ask for extra, which turned up in very small gravy boat which are normally used for side order sauces and that was between the two of us. I didn't ask for more as I felt cheeky (got to say though, the gravy was really tasty). The only potatoes on the plate were deep fried roast potatoes which had gone soggy, one of which was black and bruised and didn't look very pretty, the lamb wasn't carved roast lamb, it seemed to be cuts that had been fried or cooked in the oven.

    I left the pub feeling cheated as the meals were not cheap and I know that hindsight is a wonderful thing but I felt angry with myself for not insisting that the main course went back until we were ready, not asking for even more gravy and not advising the manager what had happened with the main course even though she witnessed it.

    We won't be going back which is a shame really as the location is stunning and the pub itself is picturesque.

  • 3.0 star rating
    29/7/2008
    First to Review

    This place gets all its stars for location; it' really, really good! Right on the seafront and with a massive outdoor garden area with tables, it's a fab place to go on a nice summer's evening. The food is standard pub grub, and nothing wrong with that. The caravan park next door has been recently closed (according to recent news reports) due to unruly and drunken behaviour, but i've never witnessed anything personally. If you want to go for a stroll after dinner, there's a lovely lane that leads you round by the beach (second highest tide after Nova Scotia - go figure!). It's off the beaten path and a bit out of the ordinary and worth a look, even if it's only the once!

    • Qype User Jo79…
    • Cardiff
    • 0 friends
    • 15 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    7/3/2010

    Nice location, nice looking pub (though dark indoors), but we will not go again. Phoned up in advance to try and book a table and were told they do not take bookings. So we turn up, grab a low table not appropriate for eating, and then nab a proper table when it comes available only to told in a very rude manner that we can't sit there because we're not on the waiting list for a table.

    Shouldn't we have been told there was a waiting list? Isn't a waiting list a form of booking/reservation?

    VERY poor customer service, spoilt our meal entirely, not the way to treat customers. Avoid!

    • Qype User slapea…
    • Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    1.0 star rating
    17/1/2011

    Very disappointing. Dirty tables. food was cold, old and poorly presented. Restaurant was woefully under-staffed. Have written polite letter of comlaint to Manager sometime ago but have not received a reply. Problem with this place is that can either be very good or very bad - you just have to take a chance but I certainly won't risk it again. Meal was a family celebration and reunion but because of our experience as detailed, we are doing our best to try and forget it. It wasn't worth complaining to the staff at the time because they were all so overworked it would have been unfair. I have had some very good meals at this place though they do tend to pile your plate up with potatoes (8 at the last sitting!!) to make the meal appear more generous.
    If Manager Richard Jones is reading this - I look forward to receiiving a reply to my letter.........you know which one I mean! Rating 1*

    • Qype User willia…
    • Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan
    • 0 friends
    • 13 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    15/1/2012

    Not a bad place, honest food

    • Qype User lizzie…
    • Cardiff
    • 0 friends
    • 9 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    28/5/2012

    Visited the Captains Wife last Thursday (24th May 2012) with my sister and brother in law. We had to wait 1 hour 40 minutes for our food, and when it eventually arrived (9.40pm!) it looked as though it had been sat under the pass for that long. A lot of people gave up waiting for their food after having already waited up to an hour and 20 minutes.
    It also appeared, the next day, that whilst we were at the pub we all got severely bitten. Luckily my sister (who is pregnant) only got a few bites but unfortunately myself and my brother in law are covered in bites on both our legs. I visited the pub again on saturday to let the manager know and to show her my legs but she didnt seem that bothered.
    Disappointed as my parents used to bring my family to this pub all the time when we were small and it was Charlie Chalks.
    Will not be coming back.

    • Qype User em…
    • Cardiff
    • 11 friends
    • 116 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    23/8/2008

    I have fallen in love with this place!!! Its official!! The food is great, the setting is great. Right on the waters edge with a scenic view of the neighbouring areas.

    • Qype User nig…
    • Cardiff
    • 13 friends
    • 92 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    25/8/2008

    This is a great pub in a scenic location right on the waters edge serving great food & ales. Friendly staff & good prices

    • Qype User rg…
    • Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    4.0 star rating
    19/8/2008

    This is a first rate pub. Have been for lunch 3 times in the past 3 weeks at The Captains Wife - each time the food has been perfect and with really good service too. Good varied menu at reasonable prices. I have no problem at all in recommending this one.

    • Qype User cardif…
    • Reading
    • 0 friends
    • 41 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    2/6/2009

    Nicely tucked away off the beaten track and a great place for a drinl with friends beside the sea. Brilliant to sit outside with a drink in the summer and inside with spectacular views on a stormy winter's evening. Friendly staff and a decent selection of wines and beers

    • Qype User kat_hr…
    • Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    14/5/2012

    Absolutely lovely food. Had a set menu meal here on Valentine's Day 2012. A great atmosphere and location. The beer garden is fab in the Summer!

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