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Breaking news

July 2020: According to Wales Online, the landlord has taken back possession of the premises. See https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/james-sommerin-penarth-esplanade-restaurant-18634674

survey result

Summary

£88
 ££££
4
Very Good
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

James Sommerin runs his Beach Cliff venue with the help of his wife, Louise, and it’s a swish contemporary operation, with views internally through the long hatch into the kitchen and externally of the sea and pier. The chef is “an artist” and his “superb modern British cuisine” establishes “what a very seriously good restaurant this is”. Even so, ratings slid a little this year amidst gripes about toppish prices and a few reports of service that was “not special”.

Summary

£94
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“James Sommerin lets the ingredients do the talking with clever twists, and the seasonality of sourcing is evident in his choice of dishes”, say the many fans of his Beach Cliff HQ “overlooking the sea and pier”, applauding his “exceptional” and “inventive” cuisine. Ratings came off the boil slightly this year, however, due to one or two “disappointing” meals.

Summary

£70
  £££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The position of the restaurant is superb” – a Beach Cliff Edwardian building along from the pier, whose large windows provide views over the Penarth esplanade to the sea. “Excellent quality ingredients are elevated to another level thanks to the talent of chef James Sommerin” and his “friendly” family-led team.

Summary

£78
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

From the ex-chef of the Crown at Whitebrook, this two-year-old restaurant-with-rooms gains praise for its “exceptional quality” cuisine, in particular “great seafood”. Niggles remain that “the ambience doesn’t quite match the food”, but others say it’s improved since opening. “The (waterside) views are spectacular too (although the layout of the restaurant doesn’t maximise that benefit).”

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Restaurant details

Highchair

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 75.00 D only 6
Menu2 95.00 D only 9

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£13.00 £28.00 £6.00 £12.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
The Esplanade, Penarth, CF64 3AU
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm

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