The popular wine lounge “Tŷ Gwin” on Victoria Road overlooking Station Approach has applied for an extension of its existing licence to enable it to open at 08:00 in the morning.
“Tŷ Gwin” – which means “Wine House” in Welsh – was opened last year by two Portuguese dentists – Joao Ferreira and Pedro Fonseca – both of whom have their practices in Wales .
Many of the wines served on the premises come from Portugal – including some from Joao’s own famous family vineyard Quinta de Gadaires in the Douro Valley. The wine-lounge premises will be remembered by many Penarthians as once having been Sadler’s the well-remembered poulterers and fishmongers and, more recently The Pheasantry wine bar.
The proprietors have made an application seeking to supply extend their hours of opening so as to start at 08:00. Ty Gwin also wants to be able to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises.
Penarth Town Council’s Deputy Town Clerk Keri Hutchings, told members of Penarth Town Council’s Leisure and Amenities Committee that it would be also necessary to get approval for such an extension from the Vale of Glamorgan Council licensing department and from the emergency services, police, fire service and local residents.
Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines), moved that council officers should gather further the information.
Cllr Anthony Ernest ( Conservative Plymouth Ward) said that he was not particularly happy that Tŷ Gwin should start off-licence sales from 08:00 in the morning . He said “I think that is an unreasonable hour” He thought a 09:00 start would be better and submitted an objection to the proposed 08:00 start. Cllr Ernest pointed out that there were local residents living in apartments immediately above the premises.
The acting chairman Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) said the committee appeared to be agreed that Tŷ Gwin’s application to start at 08:00 was “too early” and the committee also wanted more information – but it was pointed out that other off-licence premises were already open at 08:00 and that it might be Tŷ Gwin’s intention to serve breakfasts
It was then agreed to “express concern” – but to leave the final decision to Vale of Glamorgan Council officers in the council’s licensing department.