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The Farmers Arms

The Farmers looks like a proper old pub with a nice grey stone exterior and plenty of flowers in the summer, it has few benches out the front as well as it's own car-park in the small village of Nottage. When you walk into the pub, under a low door-frame you can see straight through the bar to the exit into the beer garden, where the men's toilets are, so expect to get wet if you need to use the toilet in the rain, Ladies are far more fortunate.

The bar runs along the right hand side and there is seating up to the fire on the left wall where the video screen hangs, incidentally this is the room that the live music is played and is packed on a busy night.
If you turn right after entering, through a small passageway You will come in into the lounge which has enough seating for about 30 or 40 people at a squeeze but has a nice old pub feel with brass and beams. In the summer you can take your drinks out onto the village green which can get quite busy.
The restaurant is out the back but has none of the atmosphere of the pub itself.

Ales, stout, lager, shorts, wines and pops all available with a good selection.

My Opinion

The food is good and well priced and I have had the largest gammon I have ever been served. The plate scarcely held the gammon and the rest of the meal had to be placed on top.

I would prefer it if there was no screen in the bar because the tendency is to leave it on and I cannot bear to sit in a pub with afternoon television on. Another reason I marked it down is that I do not like the Restaurant and you have to eat in there in the evenings. If it wasn't for these two things and they still had an open fire it would be far more to my liking.

Drink the Bass straight from the barrel in the cellar, or they usually have Abbott's or Speckled hen available.

Since this was written the owners have changed and the food isn't quite as good, they do serve food all day on a Saturday now though and it is still worth a visit.

update

I have been back to the farmers a fair few times since i wrote this review, I still stand by my earlier post but the owners at the moment seemed to have settled into it and they definately try to promote a good atmosphere, the staff are pretty good and the Bass still superb. I haven't eaten there recently but will definately give it another try.

written : 11/03/2005

Ratings: 28 out of 50

Beer : 7

Food : 6

Atmosphere : 5

Service : 5

Facilities/Entertaiment : 4

Details

Lougher Row, Nottage

Porthcawl

Bridgend

CF363TA

01656 784595

map

Comments

The farmers has really gone downhill recently especially since the last landlady left and moved to Greece. Had a meal there over the weekend and it was stone cold, big portions but freezer to fryer fare without any doubt. Frozen chips- yeuch Music nights are the same old same old , the same people playing the same songs every week. Would advise giving this place a very wide berth

by : Steve Challenger : 10/10/2009 17:22:46



the tv should never be on at any time other than when rugby or football are on, the staff have been updated on this policy and to my knowledge this is adhered to.Your comments about the food surprise me as we use the same suppliers and the same staff,and we have very positive customer feedback and very few complaints ,also people often eat in the lounge area of the pub but we do discourage it from the bar area ,we would like to invite you back and try again and update your comments

by : julie theophilus



YEA THIS PUB AINT SO GREAT ITS SMALL THE FOOD AINT THE BEST BUT IS OK SUM STAFF MEMBERS ARE FREINDLY BUT IT SEEMS TO HAVE GONE DOWN HILL OVER THE YEARS. THE MUSIC NIGHTS ARE THE SAME EVERY WEEK. BUT ON A SUMMERS DAY OUTSIDE CAN BE NICE

by : MAT EARL



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