The well-known Cioni’s Bistro and cafe on Penarth’s Cliff Walk is currently undergoing a major refurbishment.
The cafe – a Penarth institution and essential port of call for visitors and residents alike – is closed for the rest of the month.
For the next few weeks, the familiar Italian operatic areas playing on the restaurant loudspeakeers have been silenced, the pine tables and chairs have been taken out, the bar has been removed and that 1980’s-era continental decor with the authentic artexed walls is making way for what is said to be a fresh new look .
Cioni’s – run by restaurateur Tony Cioni – originally started life as a mere kiosk on Cliff Walk but was extended and re-developed as a “cafeteria” in 1987. Its official name became “Cafiero Cioni’s Bistro Restaurant, Pizzeria” .
Cioni’s is the only cafe in the immediate era and its unique cliff-top location makes it probably one of the best-situated restaurants in Penarth . It has Food Standards Agency rating of 4 (5 is the top score) – although it has tended to get a bumpy ride from some customers who write reports on the internet site “Trip Advisor“.
The freehold of “Cioni’s Bistro and Restaurant” is actually owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and is amongst a listed portfolio of over 400 council properties – which in 2015 included:-
- 1 Farm (Cogan Hall Farm on the outskirts of Penarth) plus an unspecified number of small-holdings at Hensol.
- 2 areas of grazing land at Cosmeston and Hensol,
- 30 vacant plots of land ,
- 3 Golf courses
- 35 shops,
- 17 car parks,
- 13 “Steam Railway Project” sites
- ….And the “Cliff Walk Cafe” – a.k.a. Cioni’s