As Penarth if wasn’t already the gastronomic capital of Wales, there’s now another new restaurant about to open up in the town – “The Clay Pit”.
“The Clay Pit” is a concept of the entrepreneurial Ali family who are bringing their own authentic menu of Bangladeshi Tandoori cuisine to Plassey St – setting up in the vacant premises formerly used by “Mint & Mustard” (who moved to Windsor Terrace last year).
As devotees already know, a tandoor is a high-temperature clay oven used for traditional Asian cooking – hence the name, “The Clay Pit”.
The Cardiff-based Ali family has bought the premises on the corner of Plassey St and High Street and are now in the process of de-gutting it and carrying out a total renovation – and its the family members themselves who are getting stuck-in and carrying out the bulk of the work on the make-over.
The family has been in the trade for a “long-long time” and members of the Ali clan also own a number of other local restaurants.
“The Clay Pit” is expected to open around the middle of April and will provide not only a full table-service restaurant but also a take-away service .
The Ali family – Shafik, Azad, Shiraz, and Shafi – say they have no fear of competition. “Competition“, they say, is “always good” and “We want to give the best to the people of Penarth” .