The "Chez Francis" signage is soon due to go up on the new French restaurant in Glebe St any day now. It opens at the end of next week

The “Chez Francis” signage is soon due to go up on the new French restaurant in Glebe St any day now. It opens at the end of next week

A new French restaurant –  “Chez Francis” is to be opened in Penarth next week by Francis Dupuy – (formerly of The Gallois and Pier 64).

The restaurant is in Upper Glebe St in the premises which were once The Olive Tree restaurant and latterly a hamburger and juice bar .

Top interior designer Jan Williams of Beti Biggs Ltd is giving every part of "Chez Francis" a distinctly continental theme. Even the toilets are being decorated with French road maps

Top interior designer Jan Williams of Beti Biggs Ltd is giving every part of “Chez Francis” a distinctly continental theme. Even the toilets are being decorated with French road maps

Top interior designer Jan Williams of Beti Biggs Ltd has totally stripped-out the premises and is carry out of the finishing touches of a complete refit which will give the restaurant a warm, intimate and distinctly French feel.  (Even the brand-new toilets are being finished off with an eye-catching collage of real French road maps.)

French antique mirrors will complement the carefully-chosen decor

French antique mirrors will complement the carefully-chosen decor. It’ll all be ready by next week

Chef Francis Dupuy already has a highly successful “Chez Francis” restaurant on Cowbridge Road in Cardiff. The all-new Penarth restaurant –  and its distinctive French cuisine –  is aimed at replicating that success on this side of the River Ely whilst expanding the ever-widening range of dining experience available in Penarth.

Chez Francis in Glebe St will be open all day for coffee and patisserie as well as, of course, lunch and dinner. If all goes according to plan it should be ready to open towards the end of next week .

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  1. Cookie says:

    Just what penarth needs ANOTHER restaurant!

  2. Joe blow says:

    I’m starting to worry that Penarth is becoming gentrified.

  3. sjleworthy says:

    another Olive Tree

  4. Clive says:

    à bientôt

  5. Anon says:

    This looks great! We are very lucky to have so many good restaurants in penarth!

  6. Justin and Rebecca at Funky Monkey says:

    Best of luck to you guys, we’re looking forward to visiting!

  7. Looking forward too this!
    doubters yes its “another” place to eat …BUT when you change one esbablishment for a better one that is a win for the town.
    As is someone wanting to come and invest time and money here!!!
    (in spite of some of the negativity expressed on various forums – if more people read these things all would be investors in the town wouldnt bother and penarth would be stuck with chain shops / charity shops and people would still moan)
    Warmest of Welcomes to Penarth and good luck
    Team Bottle Shop

  8. Frank Evans says:

    Great news. Something different, and no sign of pizzas on the menu.
    Classic beef bourguignon and fresh crusty rolls all washed down with a nice red.

  9. Sam says:

    Looks quite interesting and quirky – a little ‘bohemian’ perhaps. They won’t understand that in Penarth. They’ll think the maps mean they couldn’t afford wallpaper!

  10. penarthblog says:

    Another great addition to the town.

  11. Steve says:

    Just what we need, another keyboard warrior with a grumble about nothing.

    What’s not to like, a small independent trader setting up a new business in the town. I wish them all the very best.

  12. Andrew Worsley says:

    Although its already been said that this is not another eatery just a replacement of the two that existed prior to it, I do know we have enough places to eat and drink in Penarth , some would say too many for a town of its size. Its about time people opening businesses in the town used a bit of imagination and discover what the town lacks not what its got in spades, and don’t forget Blockbusters is to become another pub/eatery. Why have we only got one DIY store in the town? we had close to 2 when Hyper Value was still open although it only stocked a limited range. Why have we not got a clothes shop for men and boys of all ages , we have M&Co in the town centre that is full of children of any age and females of any age clothing , but only a handful of mens wear which is just tokenism. We do have Holders but that caters for men of a certain age and dress. So why nobody considers a men’s clothes shop is beyond me. What about an art shop like Inkspots that sells a vast range of artists materials not just ones that limited in art works and materials . There are lots of ideas but no imagination it seems , I do realise that footfall can make or break a retail outlet but surely people in Penarth want more to do that eat and drink or visit charity shops? And why does no one with imagination suggest shops we need on forums like this one??????????

    • RetailGuru says:

      Andrew the truth of the matter is that, if anybody thought that opening a men’s store was a good idea, they would do it. Unfortunately, men generally don’t like shopping as much as women – so the market is limited, especially in a relatively small town like Penarth. The market simply isn’t there for a ‘standalone’ men’s shop. Incidentally, I’ve bought boys clothes for an 8 year old relative from Funky Monkey, and the shop orders older sizes in for me.

    • penarthblog says:

      Businesses are at the basic level about making a profit and if any business can provide the sorts of products and services that you suggest then they would be welcomed by me if not by some. Its all about having a market for those products and services. The point you made about the number of eateries is well made and a time may well come when the market is saturated, at that time, the companies who can’t compete will fail and be replaced by other things.

      • Martin says:

        Quite the expert.

      • Olga St. Hurd says:

        Quite the amateur.

      • Daft o dull says:

        Simple market economics Martin.

        Consumers have more disposable income than 20 years ago and like to eat out more than ever and our habits are changing away from pubs to coffee shops and restaurants.

        I would not be surprised if we see a doubling of eateries, coffee shops and wine bars in Penarth in the next 10 years. It is now becoming a foodie destination for South Wales ans we should be proud of this.

    • Louise says:

      Take the initiative then and open a men’s clothes shop.

    • Bobby says:

      There was a small clothes shop on Herbert Terrace called Vernons (where Dotty Pots are now) that sold a good selection of women and men’s’ clothes. Unfortunately after about a year they stopped selling men’s clothes and only concentrated on women’s because there wasn’t a demand for men’s clothing in Penarth.

      Not sure why we would need another DIY shop when Wasons is more that enough to serve a town the size of Penarth.

  13. David Moorcraft says:

    Courage les entrepreneurs ! Mais – il y a combine de “restos ” à Penarth maintenant ? 26 ? Bravo tout-de-même !

    Francophile !

  14. snoggerdog says:

    roger & i were hoping for chun ho er (two?)

  15. CoexistinPenarth says:

    Sounds very nommy! Can’t wait to try it out, very good luck to them 🙂

  16. Peter Church says:


    Starter of bitter comments served on French Toast.

    Main course of Pot Hole soufflé

    Desert of Choclate Labrador with cream.

    Ended with some Hard Cheese.

    Yum Yum.

    • Mgg says:

      No doubt innthe early 1900s the complaint was …not another picture house when 21 Glebe Street was converted to a cinema. I think upper glebe street is only a colloqial term to aid description ref strett running both sides of plassey street . Winston with cream!,? Surely not

  17. Gwyn says:

    Ummmmmmmm, lived in penarth for best part of 40 yrs, and never knew there was an ” upper glebe street ” , 😂😂😂😂

    • Paul says:

      Well it sorta sounds posh, not for the hoi polloi then……..

    • snoggerdog says:

      north of salop st,was known as daggertown,then later the bronx,can anybody think of an appropriate up to date moniker?by the way penarth heights is STILL the billybanks aka salters fields. if im in the wrong alan thorne will chastise me.

  18. It’s about high time the town council got on board and started to market Penarth as a gastro-location. We’ve got more good eating per square mile than just about anywhere else in the UK. Personally I welcome the new place 😊

  19. Mgg says:

    No doubt innthe early 1900s the complaint was …not another picture house when 21 Glebe Street was converted to a cinema. I think upper glebe street is only a colloqial term to aid description ref strett running both sides of plassey street

  20. Andrew Worsley says:

    Just as I expected instead of discussing or suggestions for other outlets we need in Penarth instead of eateries we get nonsense disguised as wit????? and drivel, no wonder Penarth is being turned into a place for trendy darlings attracted by Bar 44 and Prezzo and the others recently opened . In future Penarth wont be talked as a nice place to visit but a nice place to eat. When my Sister and Brother in law came to visit me some time ago (they don’t live in Penarth or indeed Wales) . I showed them around the town centre , then we decided to get something to eat , we walked into a couple of places and scanned the menus but decided not to stay, we moved on and looked at 2 or 3 menus stuck in the windows of other eateries. It was then that my Brother in law asked , “isn’t there any place to eat that serves just ‘normal food’ by that he meant simple dishes . At that stage I knew what he meant so I took him and the others( there were 5 of us altogether) to the Busy Teapot and everyone in our party loved the attention we got, the nice manners etc and every scrap of food was enjoyed and all plates cleaned (it was some kind of pie ) with veg added. My Brother in law even thanked them for their hospitality and plain uncluttered fare as did we all.

    • Elsie says:

      Have you seen who goes in Bar 44 and Prezzo? Hardly ‘trendy darlings’ though they might like to think so! I agree with you about the Busy Teapot, far more ‘cool’ than any of the other places mentioned. When will Penarth learn it ain’t all about the money?

    • Frank Evans says:

      Prezzo trendy😅
      . Very good grandad. Keep taking the tablets.

    • penarthblog says:

      I have to agree with you about the Busy Teapot.

    • Mgg says:

      How long have you lived here. Plain fare… Foxys ocholounge Windsor restaurant celtic lounge but hey that would affect your biased contribution wouldn’t it

  21. Andrew Worsley says:

    Maybe you need to get out more Gwyn?????????????

  22. Richard says:

    Bienvenue a Penarth! Cette ville est pleine de gens grincheux mais ne vous inquietez pas. Ils aiment la nourriture et ils sont capable de manger jusqu’a ce que les vaches viennent a la maison. Bonne chance!

  23. Jan Harding says:

    If the gent used to run/own The Gallois and Pier 64 then I am really looking forward to dining in this new restaurant, I always had exceptional meals in those previous two restaurants. A coffee and a cake sounds nice in the day time as well. I wish him all the very best.

  24. Andrew Worsley says:

    Richard why are you typing in French in a Welsh online forum ?????????????? a bit silly for those who do not speak the language your comments a null and void and mean nothing , are you trying to prove something ??????????? very strange ….oh and I for one don’t speak German either sorry.

    • Billy says:

      Andrew, I hope you don’t mind me saying that I really enjoy your posts and have started to look out for them. I particularly liked the story about you and members of your family going in and out of places, scanning menus, before settling on the ‘plain uncluttered fare’ of the Busy Teapot. Partir et vers le haut!

    • Richard says:

      Salut Andrew Worsley! Pourquoi tant de points d’interrogation? Une suffit! Moi, j’ai rien a prouver. Et vous?

    • Ralf says:

      So if this is a “Welsh online forum” why aren’t you commenting in Welsh?.

  25. Harry says:

    They’re working very hard to get it all done – they were in there tonight toiling away and looking warily out of the window at passers-by. Couldn’t help laughing imagining they’ve been reading all this and thinking ‘What have we let ourselves in for?’

  26. Steven says:

    I wish them luck but I’m afraid it’s not the best location in the town

  27. penarthblog says:

    Going by the menu on their website, I’m salivating!

  28. Louise says:

    I look forward to eating at “Chez Francis”. Welcome to Penarth!

  29. Andrew Worsley says:

    For the record I never said that Prezzo or Bar 44 where full of trendy darlings , I said to attract them, as for the question why am I not typing in Welsh on a Welsh website , I think youll find that Penarth has a dual language but with 99% speaking in English, and certainly not French . But if you cannot answer my question on writing in French as you didn’t , what better defence than to ignore it and let some other person answer for you , oh and to be ever so amusing by using French too sigh!!!!!! But that sort of thing passes as humour in Penarth , not clever or witty but condescending .

    • Mark Foster says:

      Oi, I started responding in French to help out the bloke from Dordogneshire who bought the beach huts for Lis Burnett. Try and write something original like Vive le Pays de Galles Libre et Mort au VOGC.

  30. Andrew Worsley says:

    Just a quick note the Billybanks was so named after the Bilberries that used to grow their and where picked in that location. Now im going to get replies we knew that lol……… oh well nothing wrong in trying to give a bit of local info, and I read a book years ago on local history of Penarth as an outsider I thought it good to get a bit of local knowledge. And Daggertown began at the Golden lion and included Queen St and it was also Penarths red light district years ago.

  31. Andrew Worsley says:

    Thank you for your kind remarks Billy and just to let you know the paperback version will be in the shops by Xmas , its working title at the mo is ‘Eat Penarth’.

  32. Louise C says:

    Penarth had a red light district!
    Seriously, about the shops–we are very lucky to have a vibrant town centre, as we are so close to Cardiif.

  33. Peter Church says:

    These comments has turned up more strange facts than the famous “Tatoo parlour opens, IN PENARTH” tread last year.

    I hope they make a go of it, but as others have said the location is not that good, lack of real foot fall and passing trade (red light or not)

  34. David says:

    Imagine the restaurant owner seeing all this! I can’t stop laughing.

  35. Andrew Worsley says:

    If you cant stop laughing David you need to get something for it , as it could become serious. If it gets worse try taking a laxative or two , that will make you think of something else then or the consequences ??!!!

  36. CelticMan says:

    66 comments – most of them useless particularly from Andrew Worsley. I wish the new restaurant all the success in the world and wish I had the guts to open a business myself in Penarth. To me, if you have nothing sensible to say, shut the f*** up!

    • David says:

      How I love a po-faced intrusion. That’s put the tin hat on it, that has. I’m incapacitated with laughter.

  37. Louise says:

    Shame I never found the time to try a burger & juice from BJ’s, the previous restaurant at this address, but as a French woman living in Penarth I can’t wait to try this new place and get a taste of home. Good luck Francis!

  38. penarthblog says:

    I popped up to the town centre tonight for a bit of shopping and entertainment every pub and restaurant was packed solid and chatting to a few people, the main reasons for their visits were the pubs and restaurants.

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