Penarth’s ever-expanding variety of eating-out places is about to be added-to next month with an exciting new enterprise being launched in Glebe St – this time offering something totally different in the town.
The “Crepe Escape” is a brand new creperie setting-up in Glebe St to offer Penarth real French-style crepes with a variety of savoury and sweet fillings , along with with unique-to-Penarth fresh-roast coffee and top-quality Italian gelato ice cream.
Behind the enterprise is Alison Jones – a native Penarth entrepreneur with a distinctly French connection. Alison’s grandmother was a French teacher – and her mother not only taught French, but ran a business bringing French people who wished to learn English over to Wales to live with local families. As a child herself Alison travelled frequently to France – picking up not only the lingo but also a taste for all things French .
Crepes – for the uninitiated – are very thin pancakes cooked on a hot-plate . They have ingredients that make them subtly different from ordinary pancakes. Unlike American crepes (which Alison says – disapprovingly – are made with baking powder to make them rise) the crepes in “The Crepe Escape” will be the real authentic thing.
The crepes will be served along with a choice of fillings including cheese and ham, smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives and garlic mushrooms. Customers will also be able to opt for the sweeter variety of crepes with flavours like banana, toffee, and fruits. The special coffee will be blended and roasted especially for the Glebe St restaurant by Peter James in Ross on Wye .
Also on the menu will be award-winning gelato Italian ice cream (which Alison emphases is not the same as ordinary ice-cream ) made from Jersey cream and natural ingredients in season .
The brand-name The Crepe Escape, Alison hopes, will not only have connotations of the famous movie but is also suggest a rather nice place to drop in and have a coffee and a pancake and “escape from the world“.
Right now, a stem-to-stern refurbishment of the Glebe St premises is underway . The Crepe Escape with Italian manager Francesco Scarpatti at the helm will be opening in mid-April .