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Bar Talk.

Pub of the week: Lamb and Flag, Church Street, Wick, Vale of Glamorgan. Tel: 01656 890278.

What's it like?

The Lamb and Flag is one of the Vale's hidden gems - a proper, traditional and unpretentious country pub complete with beams, stone walls and friendly bar staff.

Possibly an old Welsh longhouse, the pub has two bars (you have to step into the car park to get from one to the other), and is suitably cluttered with hunting prints, horse brasses and old jugs - just like pubs used to be before the corporate bigwigs started filling them with pretend old stuff.

It's child-friendly, does excellent ale and food and - best of all - it's a great place to stop if your on your way to or from the Vale's great beaches at Southerndown or Ogmore.

Local pub for local people?

There are plenty of locals in the village for the Lamb and Wick's other pub, the Star (to be reviewed in this space in the not-too-distant future), but you can still expect a friendly welcome.

Can you eat there?

Food at the Lamb is as traditional and wholesome as you can get - scampi and chips, steak and ale pie and, if you ask nicely, they'll do a mini beans on toast for the kids.

What's so good about it?

It's in a great location. It's friendly, charming and isn't pretending to be a restaurant. And it does great beer - Otley's was on tap when the Echo visited. How's that for local support?

Pricey or cheap as chips?

Expect to pay small prices in such a small pub - main courses like the scampi and chips are around pounds 5.50.

Our verdict?

8/10 for the beer, 7/10 for the food.

Jonah Webb
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 3, 2007
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