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The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms is a beautiful longhouse gastro pub located in the village of Pentyrch. New owners Owen and Helena have given the Grade II listed building a lovely freshen up whilst retaining the features that make this public house so popular such as the impressive stone walls, roaring open fireplace and expansive beer garden.

My dining partner and I begin with a couple of glasses of red; I opt for a rich, juicy Malbec whilst she takes on a lighter, sweet Tinto. To start, I have the pork loin ribs marinated in chocolate and chilli with a hickory BBQ sauce. It is a fantastic dish; the succulent, tender meat pulls away so easily from the bone whilst the sauce dances on the palette invitingly. My partner's sweet potato, quinoa and kale fritters with a white bean puree dip are light and crispy.

For mains, my Welsh raised lamb & apricot pie is chock-full of flavour. The lamb is cooked beautifully and the apricot brings a nice sweetness. It's accompanied by bacon and herb mash, spring greens and red wine gravy. My partner takes on the pan-fried seabass with spicy chorizo, crushed potatoes and salsa verde. The seabass is both fresh and sweet, whilst the spicy chorizo and salsa verde bring subtle heat and zing to the plate.

For dessert, I make room for sticky gingerbread sponge cake with vanilla pod custard whilst my partner orders pear, vanilla and hazelnut tart with pouring cream. Both are a delight with approving noises coming from both parties. The sponge cake is firm and fluffy and the custard smooth. The tart is wonderfully fruity with a crumbly shell and lashings of cream completing the dish. We loved The Kings Arms before, but this visit has taken our affections to a whole new level.

The Kings Arms
Church Road
CF15 9FQ
029 2089 0202

The Kings Arms, Pentyrch
The Kings Arms, Pentyrch
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