Harden's survey result
“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.
“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.
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).”
The former Crown at Whitebrook chef’s new waterside restaurant-with-rooms continues to attract acclaim for its “refined cooking and excellent ingredients”; “the room is not quite right”, though – “the sea view is wasted” and the décor errs on the side of “naff”.
Restaurant James Sommerin Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Crab crumpet as an amuse bouche shows this is a very serious restaurant. The hit of the signature dish of pea and serrano ham ravioli sets the bar high but the tasting menu maintains a high standard: the rhubarb and ginger with white chocolate hits the top note, too. It's a bit much to charge an extra £12 for a cheese course which, when presented, lets down the chef's achievements: it's a bit of gilt off the gingerbread. Service is very much not special. The staff are polite but lack enthusiasm"
The Esplanade, Penarth, CF64 3AU
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|