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Restaurant James Sommerin

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Dazzling displays of contemporary cuisine

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

James Sommerin's sleek restaurant with rooms may be in pole position by the pier on Penarth's seafront and come with cracking views of the Severn Estuary, but the diners’ attention is riveted by what’s on their plates. The space is a snazzy picture of understated contemporary style with white linen tablecloths, curvaceous grey velour seats, sky blue banquettes and a long narrow window onto the cheffy action in the kitchen. Sommerin’s refined and precisely-engineered cooking takes the finest, locally-sourced materials as its starting point and deploys pin-sharp technique in some entertaining ideas. The tersely worded menu gives no detail on the brilliant interplay of flavour and texture that arrives in openers such as belly pork and slow-cooked octopus with peanut and soy sauce, or wood pigeon with black pudding, raspberry and beetroot. At main course, classical foundations are clear in the likes of a slab of 32-day aged sirloin, partnered with oxtail, shallots and red wine jus; quail, asparagus, tarragon and truffle; or there may be brill with Jersey Royal potatoes, salsify and kale. The virtuoso display of creative ideas continues into desserts, when an infallible eye for how flavours work together produces, strawberries and cream, say, with vanilla and white chocolate, or a thoroughly reworked riff on the apple tarte Tatin theme. For the ultimate dining experience here, be tempted to try his tasting menus – either six course or nine courses.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 26 December, 1 January
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): James Sommerin

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 15
  • Wines over £30: 100+
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • Starter from: £8.50
  • Main course from: £18
  • Dessert from: £9
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Additional information

  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12

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