Vale restaurants pick up top gongs

South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has congratulated the Vale of Glamorgan restaurants recognised at the Food Awards Wales 2018.


The awards – held on Monday 23rd April at the Exchange Hotel, Cardiff – are given to those restaurants and cafes chosen by the public as the best in their field.


Cobbles Kitchen & Deli – based in Ogmore-by-Sea – picked up the gong for Welsh restaurant of the year.


Mr Davies recently visited Cobbles to meet owner Chloe Francis – and see her exciting plans to expand the business.


Penarth-based Michelin-starred James Sommerin was recognised twice – as both Chef of the Year and Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year.


Another Penarth business – The Crepe Escape – picked up the award for Dessert Outlet of the Year.


Mr Davies praised all 3 for their work putting the Vale on the map – and said they were “huge assets to the area”.


Mr Davies said, “The food industry is key to the economy in the Vale – and it brings a huge boost when local businesses do well.


“I recently visited Cobbles and they are going from strength to strength – and Chloe’s enthusiasm and ambition to improve is admirable. She fully deserves the accolade of restaurant of the year.


“James’s record and CV speaks for itself – and he has done a huge amount for Penarth. It’s frankly no surprise to see him pick up Chef of the Year and Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year – and I’m delighted for him.


“The Crepe Escape offers something different – and shows we do puddings as well as mains! All 3 courses are definitely on offer in the Vale.


“Cobbles, Restaurant James Sommerin and The Crepe Escape put the Vale on the map – and we’re very lucky to have them.”




[Picture: South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies meets Chloe Francis of Cobbles Kitchen & Deli – who have recently been awarded the title of Welsh Restaurant of the Year]