Soaring temperatures and stand-out dining in Bridgend this weekend

July 30, 2020

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Savour the simple pleasures of good food and fantastic weather with Bridgend County’s selection of much-loved restaurants and foodie hotspots which have cautiously opened for socially-distanced outdoor dining and takeaway.

Whet your palette with Italian antipasti and aperol spritz in a sun trap courtyard, grab fresh fish dishes to enjoy whilst watching the sunset on Porthcawl seafront or tuck into a traditional Sunday roast in tranquil village gardens.

Indoor dining will begin to open from Monday 3rd August, but until then, there are plenty of great eat out options available. 


Flavours of the sea from the Fishmonger’s Cat - When temperatures soar, there’s nothing quite like a day at the seaside. After splashing in the shallows of Sandy Bay, wander to Porthcawl’s Esplanade for fresh fish dishes and deli specials from the Fishmonger’s Cat. Each Saturday, tantalise your tastebuds with homemade dishes such as New Orleans style Jambalaya packed full of spicy rice, sausage, tomatoes and freshly caught fish.

Past feasts include Welsh Seafood Bake with white fish, cockles and laverbread, Sri Lanken fish curry and seafood lasagne. Open from 9:30 until 3pm, treat yourself to a takeaway dinner packed with delicious fresh flavours.

Street Food to go with The Greedy Pig
- Bringing the brilliant street food flavours to Bridgend County, The Greedy Pig is the place to go for mouth-watering slow roasted pork creations. Serving up crispy stuffed belly pork, classic pulled pork and gourmet burgers all lathered with apple and The Greedy Pig special sauces, stop off at their brand new restaurant for some delicious grub to take home. 

Socially distant outdoor dining at The Saltwater Inn
- Ideally positioned overlooking the stretching beach of Sandy Bay, The Saltwater Inn serves up traditional family-friendly pub food on the sun trap roof terrace.

Make the most of the pleasant weather by sipping on a cold pint of Saltwater Hop, a Saltwater Inn exclusive which helps support Porthcawl RNLI and you watch the waves lap against the beach. Choose from classic dishes such as golden fried fish and chips, international modern cuisines and a range of plant based specials.

Takeaway delicious Double Zero pizza
- Established in 2017 Double Zero Pizza now sits at the forefront of the iconic seafront destination in the Jennings building, Porthcawl, a building that has a Grade II listing.

You will have to wait a little longer to dine in but you can still enjoy delicious pizzas made with Italian sourced products, including tomatoes from San Marzano DOP Italy which are grown in the rich volcanic soil at the base of Mount Versuvius, mozzarella fiordilatte, a semi-soft, fresh cheese made in the classic Italian style.

Contemporary cuisine with lovely sea views at Cosy Corner Lounge - Offering up a no-fuss, no booking outdoor dining, treat yourself to a dinner of asian fusion dishes served up with sensational cocktails at Cosy Corner Lounge.

From Lechon kawali pork belly with Filipino native dipping sauce to mouth-watering baked Alaska served with a side of caramel ice-cream and honeycomb, Cosy Corner’s varied menu never fails to impress. Fill your table with Asian style tapas and while away the evening looking out onto the sweeping sea views from your outdoor restaurant.


Spice up your Saturday with Spanish Tapas at Poco Poco’s - A fusion of Mediterranean flavours, fine wine and plenty of space for an evening of outdoor dining, pick Poco Poco’s for your first meal out in Bridgend.

Loved for their award-winning tapas, get together over a table packed full of vibrant dishes such as pan cooked prawns marinated in white white and garlic, chorizo kebabs drizzled in chilli oil and seared sea bass. The unbeatable combination of continental flavours and fresh fish, Welsh meats and local produce makes Poco Poco a stand out summer dining spot.

Say hello to alfresco Sunday roast The Great House Hotel & Restaurant - Sink your teeth into mouth watering traditional Sunday lunch meals at The Great House Hotel & Restaurant tucked away in the village Laleston. Sit back and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the historic house and tranquil surroundings from the flagstone terrace with a seasonally inspired Sunday Roast.

Choose between Roast Sirloin, Pan Seared Chicken Breasts or Mediterranean Veg Pie with heaps of indulgent cauliflower and broccoli cheese, rosemary roast potatoes and crushed root vegetables.

Find the fantastic flavours of Italy here in Bridgend at Franco’s Ristorante Vecchio - Forget Florence and instead, make the most of the Welsh summer with alfresco European dining at Franco’s Ristorante Vecchio in Bridgend.

Now offering outdoor dining, treat yourself and your family to popular dishes like Tagliatelle pasta with fresh scallops, Chorizo and cream and stone-baked pizzas loaded with goats cheese and parma ham. Wash it down with a crisp white wine followed by a creamy tiramisu made by Franco himself. Alternatively, switch your Friday BBQ for a freshly made dinner with the evening takeaway service.

Sirloin steaks served outside at The Masons Arms Restaurant - Dating back to the late 1800’s, The Masons Arms is loved as a local hotspot in the village of Bryncethin. Now offering their menu of sizzling meats and hearty comfort foods outside, take a pew in the garden and treat yourself to a fantastic flame grilled steak with golden crispy onion rings drenched in either rich rosemary and port sauce or creamy garlic sauce.

Vegetarians and vegans can delight in flavour-packed dishes like vegan jackfruit balti and falafel and spinach burgers.

Beer, Burgers and afternoon tea at Coed Y Mwstwr - Don’t miss Coed Y Mwstwr’s brand new dining experiences hosted on their expansive lawns. Whether you are craving a cold beer and hearty burger with all the extras, or a slice of sophistication with the hotel’s iconic afternoon tea, treat yourself to 4* luxury in the sun this weekend.

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