Situated on the road to Ogmore, I’d often fancied popping in to The Pelican in her Piety after a day on the beach but had always been thwarted in my attempts, so came with no preconceptions. What we found was a centuries old building bursting with character. We turned-up with our two-year old boy in tow, and were blown-away by the quality, variety and originality of the children’s menu – especially as the mains were also available in half-portions. Once too often sucked into headache inducing neon ‘kid friendly’ restaurants, it was reassuring to be in a ‘grown-ups pub’ that also served kids so well. For him we chose the children’s Grazing Board: chicken, carrot sticks, cucumber, apple, grape, breadsticks (£5). Fresh, nutritious and colourful. My partner J and I started with the Fisherman’s Sharing Board – whitebait, fish fingers, prawn cocktail, cockles/bacon/laverbread, smoked salmon, tartar sauce and aioli (£15). All very high-standard and as if plucked from the sea off Ogmore itself that very morning – with the smoked salmon one of the stand-outs as well as the Laverbread and the moreish home-made bread.
Mains of autumn vegetable stew, herb dumplings, sticky red cabbage (£13) for me and lamb and mint baguette with chunky chips (£7) for J were hearty, warming and incredibly filling. Mine was served with a bucket of delicious caramelised red-cabbage – good enough to just chowdown on all by itself, whilst the stew oozed a rich and flavoursome stock. J’s lamb baguette was more like a French-stick filled to the brim with delicate, salty meat lashed with home-made mint sauce. For dessert we chose Lemon posset - lemon curd, broken biscuit and meringue topped with fresh strawberries (£6) that tasted so refreshing and light that I scooped up every spoonful. We couldn’t not choose the Snickers chocolate fondant (£7) – a lovely gooey, warm nest of nutty chocolate off-set with salted caramel ice-cream, chocolate mousse and popping candy. We recommend you wash it all down with a pint of Horny Goat Ale – like the Pelican itself it won’t disappoint.
The Pelican Ogmore Rd, Bridgend CF32 0QP Tel. 01656 856464