Fresh from cooking street food in Station Approach, James Sommerin picked up his new award for his Penarth Esplanade  restaurant

Fresh from cooking street-food out-of-doors  in Picnic Penarth at Station Approach, James Sommerin donned a dicky bow to pick up this latest award for his Penarth Esplanade restaurant

James Sommerin’s restaurant on Penarth Esplanade has recognised as the top  Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year 2016 in the Wales National Food Awards .

The award was made in a special ceremony last night at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff- just hours after James Sommerin had not only been running his eponymous restaurant on the sea front – but also had his sleeves rolled up cooking alfresco for appreciative crowds at Penarth’s annual street food festival “Picnic Penarth

The Food Awards Wales  have been established to “celebrate and reward the very best in Welsh food hospitality, the servers, the specialists and suppliers” and is  “designed to recognise the efforts of Wales Restaurants, Takeaways, Gastro Pubs, Hotel Restaurants, Cafes and Bistros, as well as shine the spotlight on the wonderful local producers who provide their delicious ingredients.”.



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  1. Daft o dull says:

    A real pity his Msitre’d. Was so rude to us on our one and only visit.

    We haven’t been back since.

  2. penarthblog says:

    Well done James.

  3. whatsoccurin says:

    how much money going through his tills is public money feeding senior Welsh assembly, NHS, and Local Government staff and will paid for “on expenses”-for most of us it is out of our League.

  4. Bobby says:

    Congratulations to James and his staff for a well deserved award! I’ve only had the privilege of eating there twice and it was excellent.

  5. Frank Evans says:

    When will the council sort out the parking outside the restaurant? At the moment it’s unlimited parking for some all day every day.

  6. ColinD says:

    A local restaurateur wins an award and the comments include parking and public services expenses, what a sad world we live in. We’ve eaten there several times and the food has always been exceptional. Well done James, your family and staff, thoroughly deserved!!

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