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Two Welsh Restaurants are awarded their first Michelin Star

Two Welsh Restaurants are awarded their first Michelin Star

Restaurant James Sommerin
Restaurant James Sommerin


Restaurant James Sommerin in Penarth and Sosban & The Old Butcher's in Menai Bridge, Anglesey are celebrating after being awarded their first Michelin Star in The Michelin Guide 2017. The Michelin Star is awarded to those establishments which offer high quality cooking.


Restaurant James Sommerin offer diners a real sense of place, with a range of tasting menus named in Welsh after elements of the restaurant’s dramatic backdrop, each evoking a distinct flavour of the restaurant’s surroundings and local heritage. The 70-seat restaurant includes a private dining room and even a special chef’s table in the kitchen itself, offering the chance for two to four diners at a time to experience a unique 14 course menu and dine in the restaurant’s kitchen itself. The restaurant itself is an elegant yet down-to-earth dining space, blending light silvers and creamy tones with deep purples and a feature wall constructed of local Welsh slate. It has recently won AA Restaurant of the Year in Wales and was Best in Wales in the Good Food Guide 2017.


Operating from a former butcher’s shop, Sosban & The Old Butcher's is run by husband and wife team Stephen and Bethan Stevens. Open since March 2012, Sosban and the Old Butcher’s does not offer a physical printed menu to diners. Instead, customers are served a ‘Surprise Menu’ of dishes which change depending on what is best in season. It was recently a new entry in the Good Food Guide 2017.


Other Welsh restaurants to retain their Michelin star are The Whitebrook in Monmouthshire, Ynyshir Hall in Powys, The Checkers in Montgomery, The Walnut Tree in Abergavenny and Tyddyn Llan in Llandrillo.


To find out what else Wales has to offer when it comes to food and drink, including festivals, recipies and much more, click here.



 Published 31 October 2016






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