The Inn at the Elm Tree, St Brides

Situated in the idyllic village of St Brides, it is hard to believe that a place as serene as The Inn at the Elm Tree could exist just a few miles away from the cities of Cardiff and Newport.

The Elm Tree's renowned hospitality means it is building up a formidable reputation as a retreat for people on business and tourists visiting South Wales but it would be foolish to overlook its impressive restaurant.

I opted for something light to begin with from the special three course menu offered. The beef tomato rocket with pesto salad was delicious while my girlfriend's generous serving of prawn avocado and smoked salmon cocktail looked just as nice.

For main course I went for leg of roast pork and stuffing which, again, was excellent.

My girlfriend had roast leg of lamb and roast potatoes which she said was 'very succulent'.

Both dishes came served with a portion of vegetables which was just enough for both of us.

To round things off I had a highly recommended brandy snap basket of strawberries and cream while my girlfriend chose the lemon tart.

Presentation and quality are both key with cuisine at the Elm Tree rather than piling dollops of food on the plate.

The result is that after three courses of food you feel full but not uncomfortably so.

Special mention must also be made of the excellent service from staff who were attentive without being overbearing.

With a round of drinks the bill came to £41.60, which was remarkably good value for two three-course meals in such a fine setting.