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Overlooking the estuary on Penarth’s pretty new esplanade, James Sommerin is a restaurant that gets just about everything just right. The dining room, occupying the ground floor of a grand old Edwardian building, is light-drenched and smart yet relaxing and free from formal frippery with a view into the open kitchen from clothed tables that are generously spaced. Service, overseen by James’ wife Louise, is wonderfully warm and natural, yet unfailingly well-informed in regard to an enticing, all-British cheese display or a treat-packed wine list that needn’t break the bank. With a Michelin star now under his belt, Sommerin delivers some show-stopping dishes, be it a liquid pea ravioli smothered in sage cream and Serrano ham (from James’ appearance on Great British Menu) or local lobster in a sweetcorn-infused bisque with crispy grains and pickled carrots to a re-worked tarte Tatin of crisp pastry chards, thick ice cream and caramelised apples. Great produce is a given (we loved the pork four-ways and Cornish brill), and the food is reckoned to be superb value too. Of course, those opting for the chef’s table or tasting menu might prefer to make a weekend of it in one of beautiful boutique rooms.

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Restaurant James Sommerin

Beachcliff, The Esplanade, Penarth ,Cardiff CF64 3LA

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Disappointing

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Aug 2016

In an ideal spot on the Penarth promenade with views out over the Bristol Channel towards Minehead, a serious attempt has clearly been made to entice diners from the local area to the sole restaurant in the Cardiff area with obvious aspirations to a Michelin star. The tasting menu is introduced on the website as “ A bespoke menu created for each and every table”, so, as is our wont when trying a restaurant for the first time, we opted for the nine-course “Surprize” taster. The “snippets” to...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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James Sommerin

This Great British Menu regular started young, getting his first restaurant job at an Italian in Newport when he was 12. Unlike many of his fellow Michelin star winners, Sommerin’s CV isn’t filled with famous names; at 16, he moved to Scotland to work at the little-known Farleyer House, returning to Wales in 2000 to join The Crown at Whitebrook where he remained for 13 years. He opened Restaurant James Sommerin on Penarth seafront in 2014.

Essential Details for Restaurant James Sommerin

  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Area: South Wales
  • Price: £83.00
  • Wine: £28
  • Champagne: £63
  • Lunch: £29.95 (2 courses)
  • Dinner: £60/80 (6/9 courses)
  • Private Dining: 12

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