Skip to main content

Review: The Ashbridge Inn

Reviewing The Ashbridge Inn in Cwmbran

I was so pleased this week to be asked to review The Ashbridge Inn in Pontrhydyrun, Cwmbran, part of the Table Table restaurant brand. I have lots of memories of visiting The Ashbridge growing up, back when it was part of a different chain - many moments of sibling rivalry were played out to their natural conclusion amidst the organised chaos that was Charlie Chalks' Fun Factory...

When you walk into The Ashbridge today it's like a different world. Gone is the acrid tang of sweaty feet emanating from said Fun Factory and the accompanying screeching, in its place is modern decor, comfy seating, and an atmosphere of cheerful calm.


We - my Mum, Anthony, Marianna and I - went for a late lunch, with the table booked for 1:30pm. As soon as we arrived we were shown to our table, a swanky leather half-moon booth with a view out to the bar, and provided with a highchair for Marianna. She was grouchy and clingy, whingy and loud, but there were lots of other families eating, and the layout of the restaurant gives each table enough privacy that you don't feel as stressed as you otherwise might with a screaming baby.

There were Easter activities available: some awesome looking face painting (which sadly I knew Marianna would not keep still for), and some easter egg colouring sheets with little packs of crayons. We went for the latter which kept her amused while we ordered our drinks and looked through the menu.

Marianna playing with crayons
No colouring, but the crayons were fascinating enough...

There was such a fab choice of food though, in the end, my Mum and I still opted for our usual gammon steak and chips (£8.79). Anthony had the cauliflower and asparagus macaroni cheese (£7.99). Our food arrived really quickly, and tasted absolutely gorgeous. I find gammon can often be a bit dry when eating out but this wasn't dry at all, something my Mum commented on too. Even Anthony cleared his plate!

I knew Marianna wouldn't eat much, but we decided to order her something from the kids menu and see how she went. I was so impressed with it! You can get two courses from the main kids' menu for £1.99 before 5pm, Mon - Sat, or £3.99 in the evening - even better you can pick and choose from a selection of mains and sides. We settled on poppin' chicken nuggets, skinny cut fries and baked beans. True to form she just picked at it (and threw some chips on the floor *sigh*), but for that value I didn't really mind!

The kids' menu - awesome value for money, and on the back they have a selection of junior meals, smaller versions of adult meals, perfect for youngsters (or oldsters) who can't manage an adult sized portion but feel too grown up for the main kids' range.  You can check the menus out online HERE.

After the main course the staff were around really quickly to clear the plates, and refill the drinks. They were wearing bunny ears in readiness for Easter, and some had gone the full hog and sat for a face painting session. Marianna was most impressed with a minion on one waiter's forehead! The staff were so friendly throughout our entire visit, and I never once felt like Marianna's fussing and grouching was an imposition.

For dessert I chose vanilla dairy ice cream with raspberry sauce (£3.59), Anthony had a scrummy looking chocolate and caramel tart (£4.99), while my mum went for apple and blueberry crumble (£4.49). Marianna had the best dessert of all: the scary face sundae! All the kids' desserts are really cool; my favourite was the 'Graveyard Horror', a wafer coffin filled with chocolate mousse soil, gummy bones and skulls! Other options include a design your own iced biscuit, and lime slime jelly.

Scary Face Sundae
I had way too much fun making the face for Marianna.

Again, the desserts were gorgeous, and Marianna forgot her fussiness as soon as ice cream was involved...


It was so lovely to go out for lunch - it's been months since the last time we did - and, although it's a much different experience with a baby than without, the restaurant is so family friendly. The laid back atmosphere, cheerful staff, and the Easter activities going on combined to make us feel really welcome and at ease.

Eating at The Ashbridge Inn in Cwmbran

I've been writing about visiting as a family, but the restaurant covers a lot of floor space, and has plenty of private booths - if you visited as a couple, or a group of adults,  I definitely don't think you would feel overwhelmed by children and families, even in the day. There is a nice bar area too, if you're waiting to be seated, or just want a drink, and picnic style benches outside for when the weather is fine. Plus, if you're visiting from further afield, there's a very handy Premier Inn which is literally right next door.

A quick mention of the other amenities: the car park is large and doesn't require any walking, a bus stop on the main route through Torfaen (X24) is situated almost directly opposite, and it's only about a 25 minute walk from Cwmbran Shopping. The loos were spotless, and the dining area itself was really clean too. The value for money was fab. I really couldn't find anything to nitpick about.

In short, I'd recommend The Ashbridge Inn to anyone. Why not book a table for Easter? I'm sure we'll be making many more visits over the next few years!




Comments

  1. I have never been to a Table Table, but they look fantastic, I think I'm going to have to pop into one next time I'm near. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We were all so impressed with it - I hadn't really been since it became a Table Table and it's so much better. x

      Delete
  2. I have never heard of Table Table but it looks and sounds like you had an amazing time x

    ReplyDelete
  3. Looks like a great place to eat out. Love the Horrible Histories kids menu too!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love Table Table, the kids really enjoy the Horrible Histories packs

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love the dessert ideas and that they had easter activities on the go. Makes going out for food so much easier when they cater for kiddies.

    ReplyDelete
  6. oh I love the look of this place wish we had one close to us

    ReplyDelete
  7. Lol! I have been to many, many smelly playbarns in my time! Had to look on map for this place. We are on our way to a Sykes Cottage on Friday to St Dogmaels in Pembrokeshire (from Nottingham). Hopefully we will find some nice pubs along the way!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They really do have an, er, unique scent! Lol. Ooh, sounds lovely - I hope you have a great time! x

      Delete
  8. Sounds like a great place to visit with kids. I love how affordable the kids menu is, definitely something that little man would enjoy! :)
    http://lilinhaangel.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. We havent been out to eat in so long! This sounds great ive been meaning to check if we have one local. :) Marie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Same - it was so nice to go out, even if Marianna was a handful! x

      Delete
  10. I like that you were quite privately seated. I hate it when Lucas is fussing and I feel like we are on display x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It made such a difference, I felt much more in control of the situation! x

      Delete
  11. This sounds like a great place for a family meal - I always look out for restaurants that are child friendly as it makes eating out so much more enjoyable! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really does - there is such a big difference between going for a meal before you have kids and afterwards! x

      Delete
  12. Great to have such a well priced kids menu! It's frustrating if you've paid £4 or £5 for something and they don't eat it! #LittleEats

    ReplyDelete
  13. That macaroni & cheese sounds brilliant, right up my street. It sounds like you all had a lovely time. I often find it hard work eating out with Luisa but it makes a big difference when the layout of the restaurant is well suited to families. Thanks so much for linking up with #LittleEats :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really made a big difference, I didn't get that 'everyone's looking' feeling. x

      Delete
  14. This sounds wonderful. It sounds like such a great place for the kiddies too! #LittleEats

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oooh this place looks great and £1.99 for a two-course kid's meal is SO cheap, wow!
    P.S. I love how Teddy is announcing the title of this post, haha :)
    Lucy
    -x-

    #LittleEats

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. :D Thanks, Bungle had a great time - and didn't even get covered in food for once!

      It's really good value, isn't it?? x

      Delete

Post a Comment

I love to hear from you, so please don't be shy!

Popular posts from this blog

Free Magazine Scans

Click the pictures below to find full cover guides to various teen magazines (primarily collated to make scale miniature magazine covers but I figure they'll also be useful for collectors and anyone into media history) and scans from my own magazine collection. I've also got a couple of kids' books I didn't want to part with - The Squirrel and Little Owl Book of Pets . The unwieldy size of my bookmark folders convinced me I needed a reference post for online magazine archives. Or, more accurately, free online magazine archives. Whether you're looking for leisure reading or research avenues, you're bound to find something useful in this list. :) ☆ Archive for the Unexplained - UFO mags galore. ☆   The Magazine Rack - over 140,000 digitised magazines! ☆   Lantern - thousands of vintage film magazines. ☆ FANZINES  - a number of online archives now exist for these including  FANAC  (SF), ScoTpress  (Trek), Sandy Herald Collection  (media fandom, major

50 Free Welsh Language Resources

Unlike literacy and maths, Welsh really isn't a subject we'll be using everyday without a concerted effort to do so. Every morning we've been doing three Duolingo lessons with Marianna - challenging for me and repetition of basic words and concepts for her - and then watching a couple of Welsh language cartoons to listen to the rhythm of the words and so on. Here is a list of free Welsh language resources from around the web, ranging from GCSE revision guides to adult basics to children's cartoons uploaded to YouTube. Hopefully you'll be able to mix and match to suit your own needs over the next few weeks and months. (I'd normally direct people to places like Sain Wales to buy hard copy media, but they're closed for the duration and we should try to lighten the load on the postal service to essentials besides.) Apps . Handy rundown of Welsh language kids' apps from Montgomery Church in Wales School. Atebol . Welsh language story time on Yo

Free Fabric Samples x 200

Choosing upholstery and soft furnishings can be a nightmare - especially if it arrives and isn't quite what you expected. Fabric samples are a great way to avoid costly mistakes, as well as providing a fab source of material for your crafts box. Here are over 200 places offering completely free fabric samples in the UK:

Simply Cook Review

I kept seeing ads and deals for Simply Cook everywhere, so as there was a special offer on at OhMyDosh! Rewards (£3 for the box and £3.50 cashback) I figured I had nothing to lose by giving it a try. What Is It? Recipe kits packed into boxes which fit through your letterbox. The usual price is £9.99 for a kit of 4, with each one serving 2-4 people depending on your serving sizes. All you need to do is buy the fresh ingredients required and follow the instructions. Here is Simply Cook's own helpful diagram: Does It Work? For me, as the person just eating it, it was awesome. Everything tasted great - the mushroom penne in particular was so good I went back for seconds - and I liked that the sauces weren't as rich as Anthony would usually make them. For Anthony, who cooked them, they weren't as impressive. He complained that the food was bland and that it was actually quite a lot of faff, as Lidl didn't stock everything we needed which meant another trip ou

Welsh UFO Sightings 2016

Welsh UFO sightings from 2016. For sightings from other years please click HERE . UK UFO Sunday 3rd January, 01:25 Gwent Witness saw a 'typical space ship' through their bedroom window. It had blue and red lights, and appeared to be moving towards them. They watched for a few minutes and the next day reported the sighting to UK UFO. FM: " I was up really late and i needed to use the bathroom so i got up and my side of the bed is by the window, so i had a look out. i saw an object shaped like a typical space ship would look, but it had blue and red lights and appeared to be coming towards me. i watched it for a while and then left to use the bathroom and by the time i had returned (5 minutes later) the mysterious lights had almost disappeared into the distance. " SUFON Tuesday 5th January, 09:20 Bevan Close, Waunarlwydd, Swansea  Broken cloud. Brian Harry was at home in Bevan Close, Waunarlwydd and had just let his dog out the back