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  • Beach Road

    Penarth CF64 5UG
  • Phone number 029 2053 0066
  • Business website whitbread.co.uk

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  • 4.0 star rating

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • 3.0 star rating
    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 willia…
    • Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan
    • 0 friends
    • 13 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Not a bad place, honest food

    • Qype User em…
    • Cardiff
    • 11 friends
    • 116 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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