The Plymouth Arms; An Autumn Must

The Plymouth Arms is hidden away in the small village of St Fagans on the outskirts of Cardiff. Serving traditional pub meals it is a perfect spot to beat the changing seasons.

We went on a blustery Tuesday lunchtime looking for somewhere cosy to eat. There is a great fixed lunch menu of 3 courses for £13.49. I decided to fill my boots on the 3 courses. For My starter I chose the soup of the day. This was a tomato and creme freche soup served with bread and a dollop of butter. Unfortunately the bread was cold and the butter was hard but the soup was marvellous. It tasted fresh and had a bit of  a spicy kick. It was smooth and not to filling so a perfect choice for a starter. For my main meal I chose the 7oz beef burger. The burger came in a brioche bun with smoked cheddar, sweet cure bacon with gherkin relish. It also came with a portion of seasoned chips. The brioche bun was filled with mouthwatering flavours, the fresh salad, the smokey bacon and cheese and the chunky beef. A great combination but the winner of flavour went to the gherkin relish. It was luscious. It was perfect to dip a chip in but also great to coat the flavours in the burger. It was scrummy!! The chips were heavenly, warm and chunky. I really enjoyed every bite. Finally for pudding I ordered the Kentish Bramble apple crumble. I always see the apple crumble as the pudding that dominates this time of year and the portion I was served was on the large side. An apple compote topped with cinnamon crumble and served with warm custard. It was a delight. The cinnamon flavour was strong, but the crumble was sweet which created the perfect blend. The custard was essential, thick with not a lump in sight. This filled me up and sent me into another food coma.

My friend ordered out of the main menu instead of the fixed menu. She chose the beef and merlot pie. This is slow cooked beef, shallots and roasted portobello mushrooms in a red wine sauce, topped with puff pastry. It is accompanied by chips, roasted carrots and buttered greens at the overall price of £10.89. This dish looked impressive. The pie was huge and had lovely flaky pastry. The vegetables looked attractive and tasted sweet (yes I had a little bite). She loved the sauce in the pie. She said it was a great example of a classic British pie. For dessert she had the strawberry jam sponge. She said it reminded her of school dinners ( in a good way). A real treat which was presented really well and smothered in custard. This came at £4.29.

Altogether we were stuffed!! I really recommend going to the Plymouth Arms. It is a great spot and perfect after a winter stroll around St Fagans Museum. It also changes its menu in the summer and has a big beer garden perfect in the sun. Whats better than a pub lunch on a cold rainy day!

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