Beachcliff, Penarth

Restaurant James Sommerin with Rooms

BUSINESS: Restaurant James Sommerin

LOCATION: Beachcliff, The Esplanade, Penarth

SUMMARY: Signature restaurant, run by one of Wales’ top chefs, on the ground floor of RHP’s Beachcliff development.


Restaurant James Sommerin opened at RHP’s Beachcliff in the summer of 2014.  

Sommerin started his career at 12, inspired by bread baking with his grandmother.

He worked at Chez Chiovanni in Newport and the Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel near Usk, before moving to Scotland where he cooked for the opening of the Scottish Parliament and was short listed as Young Scottish Chef of the Year. After marrying his wife Louise and having their first daughter, the couple moved to Wales.

In 2007, Sommerin obtained his a Michelin star at the Crown at Whitebrook, an accolade he retained until 2013 when the restaurant closed.
Although he received other offers, many in and around London, the 35-year-old wanted to stay in Wales.  Richard Hayward was looking for a name chef to open a signature restaurant to set the tone at the stunning Beachcliff project in Penarth.

Inviting Sommerin to open at Beachcliff, and investing in the fledgling business in the process, is typical of RHP’s approach to development.

Working closely with Sommerin, Hayward and the RHP team designed and built an elegant restaurant, that allows the chef’s fabulous food - cooked in an open-plan kitchen so that diners can see their meals being prepared - and the restaurant’s breathtaking views over the Severn Estuary to take centre stage. During 2015 the restaurant was placed 24th in the UK and best in Wales in the Good Food Guide and also awarded three coveted AA rosettes.

Restaurant James Sommerin has been a huge success and is fully booked most nights. New menus, including an extensive a la carte offering and a fixed price Market Menu, were launched in December 2015 and a refresh of the interior decor designed to keep it fresh and interesting for diners is planned for January 2016.

Also in January, Restaurant James Sommerin will launch nine luxury bedrooms providing dinner, bed and breakfast so that guests can fully enjoy all that Beachcliff has to offer.

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