The Blue Anchor Inn

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The Blue Anchor Inn

The Blue Anchor Inn is a Grade II* listed inn in Aberthaw, Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales.


It is a long low building with walls and low timber beams dated to 1380, with a thatched roof.[1] The inn was used as a tobacco drying shed during the smuggling days.[2] Until 1941 the Blue Anchor belonged to the Fonmon Estate. Bill Coleman became landlord and then passed it on to his son, John. John retired in 1987, passing it on to his two sons, Jeremy and Andrew Coleman who currently run it.[3] The inn caught fire in 1922, 2004, and again in 2009, the last fire burning about 30% of the thatched roof.[2]

In 2008, the "Great Pubs of Wales", presented by John Sparkes, was filmed here. In 2010 a scene from the Hollywood blockbuster Killer Elite starring Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Jason Statham was also shot here.[3]


The inn is a traditional Welsh thatch roofed, with old stonework and beams which retain a medieval feel. The Good Pub Guide said of "It's the appealing warren of little rooms and cosy corners in this character-laden, 600-year-old tavern that provide its appeal. The building has massive walls, low-beamed rooms and tiny doorways, with open fires everywhere, including one in an inglenook with antique oak seats built into its stripped stonework. Other seats and tables are worked into a series of chatty little alcoves, and the more open front bar still has an ancient lime-ash floor."[4] The pub serves various ales and is also noted for its gastronomy.[4]


  1. ^ Aird, Alisdair (16 March 2009). Good Guide to Dog Friendly Pubs, Hotels and B&Bs, 4th Edition. Random House UK. p. 368. ISBN 978-0-09-192692-2. Retrieved 22 December.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Historic inn struck by fire again". BBC News. 6 April 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Our History". The Blue Anchor. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Aird, Alisdair; Stapley, Fiona (23 November 2010). The Good Pub Guide 2011. Random House UK. p. 925. ISBN 978-0-09-193026-4. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 

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Coordinates: 51°23′25″N 3°23′18″W / 51.39028°N 3.38833°W / 51.39028; -3.38833