“ Old Wrexham Road / Gresford / Wrexham / LL12 8TY / United Kingdom / Tel: (01978) 853525 / Fax: 01978 853505. „
As the bank holiday weekend approached both my partner and I wanted to take full advantage of the good weather, I for one wanted to have a drive to Ellesmere, a place where I was taken by my other half in the early part of our relationship and I thought it would be nice to be together for a few hours in a relaxing environment.
On our way back home we were both feeling a little peckish and decided to stop off for something to eat, initially just a snack was all we were after and decided to go to our local pub that served some really good food but after realising it was now headed towards the later part of the afternoon they would not be serving food still, so upon the advice of my partner we visited Pant Yr Ochain and I am glad that we did.
Pant Yr Ochain (translated to hollow of lamentation) or Pant Locyn (translated to Locyns Hollow)as it was previously known is a country house pub located between Gresford and Wrexham. The pub belongs to a small family company of pubs mainly located in the North West, Brunning and Price. To date I have visited two pubs in the Chain Pant Yr Ochain and Glasfryn.
The Pant as it is more affectionately known is tucked away a narrow country lane called Old Wrexham Road and if it wasnt for the sign hanging over the entrance it would be easy to miss the long winding drive that leads to this amazing little find.
The Pant appears to be a small house that is well maintained it is not until you enter the pub and exit in the rear gardens that you can fully appreciate the view as it overlooks an amazing lake and it really is in such a tranquil setting it is glorious.
As you enter the pub the toilets are located immediately to your left through a large old door leading to the ladies, gents and a disabled toilet. There are various framed prints in this small area that date back to around the era of the house which dates back to 1835.
As you walk through the small entrance it leads you through to the bar area which is relatively open plan with the bar in the centre and various seating areas throughout the interior of the building.
We had decided to sit outside as it was a lovely sunny day and the sun was shining and there were plenty of tables outside. Each table carries a number this is to identify any food orders.
The full menu can be viewed on the website daily.
Food is served from 12pm up until 9.30pm Monday to Saturday and until 9pm on Sundays.
The daily menu offers plenty of variety and can be viewed on the website, there does tend to be some firm favourites that appear on the menu daily and others tend to alternate but the prices are reasonable for the portion size and quality of the meal.
Starters range from £4.25 up to £6.95 and include various soups and salads that all seem to have a slight twist and all sound mouth-wateringly delicious.
I did not have a starter as I had been warned that I would struggle with the main course so we skipped past the starters straight to the main courses and I struggled to make my decision narrowing it down to 4 options:
Ploughmans with Stilton, Cheddar, Cheshire or Brie with celery, tomato, apple, pickles and bloomer bread for £7.25
Smoked Haddock and Salmon Fishcakes with cherry tomatoes and rocket salad £8.50
Grilled Pork and Apple Sausages with red pepper mash and onion gravy £9.50
Steak Burger with Homemade Chips £9.75
As it had been highly recommended I opted for the Steak Burger and I definitely made a good choice.
As all orders have to be made at the bar, my other half decided to go and place the order, we decided that we did not want to have a tab so just settled the bill at the time of placing the order, but if you would like to set up a tab you simply need to provide your card details at the time of opening the tab at the bar, here you will be given a card which details your order and items that you have purchased so far and can be settled at the end as you leave.
We were sat on table 20 so simply quoted our table number and ordered our meals and within 15 minutes we had a piping hot meal in front of us.
The burger was served open with plenty of fresh relish and home made coleslaw which was delicious. The burger was freshly made and really tasted delicious, the home made chips however were more like potato wedges they were really huge but so delicious, they were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside they were quite possibly the best chips I had ever eaten.
The food was brought to our table by a friendly waitress who asked if we required any sauces to which we asked for some salt and vinegar and some tomato ketchup which was promptly brought out to our table.
The food was magnificent and was well worth the price, it was so filling, served piping hot and it was nice to enjoy the meal in such a peaceful setting.
I already want to return to this location as it was like nowhere I have ever been before. As of the 1st May 2007 it was made an Adults Only pub, now dont get me wrong I love kids but sometimes it would be nice to just go to a pub and not here kids screaming because they are bored and want to go home or are left to run around the pub banging into people going to the bar for drinks.
I really enjoyed our meal at the Pant the location was great and it was nice to be in adult only company as the setting is definitely more suited to adults with is well maintained garden area.
The pub is ideal for disabled visitors as it is spacious inside and they also have a disabled toilet.
During my visit I went to the ladies and I am pleased to report that they were clean and all in good working order and are good as far as toilets go.
The prices are reasonable a 125ml glass of wine ranges from £2.20 up to £2.75 for a nice glass of red and £2.20 up to £3.00 for a glass of white wine.
My partner regularly visits this pub as it is not far from where he works and he has always praised the service and quality of this pub, they always accept orders over the telephone of by fax for groups and have always been so helpful when he has been visiting for a gathering with work.
After just one visit I am determined to visit more regularly as this pub has a friendly environment and is ideal for a catch up with friends and family.
Pant Yr Ochain
Old Wrexham Road
Tel: 01978 853525
Fax: 01978 853505
The Pant is a picture-postcard manor house with a long sweeping drive and majestic trees, overlooking a small lake surrounded by hills and hollows.