My choice for lunch, on my birthday, was The Plough and Harrow in Monknash, in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan.
On entering the pub, there is the welcoming sweet-smoke smell of a log fire. On the walls are historic photos, old musical instruments (they have live music on Saturdays) and assorted old-pub bric-a-brac. The food, beer and cider menus are written along the ceiling beams and on blackboards. I had a rich beef and ale casserole (with steamed vegetables and chips). My partner had the Glamorgan sausages.
The Plough and Harrow supports microbreweries, so in addition to the regular house ales (e.g., Bass, Wye Valley and Hancocks) they serve an interesting selection of real ales from smaller breweries. Today, I sampled PG Steam from the RCH Brewery (Somerset) and Amber Glider from Newman’s Brewery in Caerphilly.
The management has changed recently, but the very high standards are being maintained.
The Plough and Harrow
Monknash, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7QQ
Tel: 01656 890209