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Restaurant rises above problems to become a high flyer

Restaurant rises above problems to become a high flyer

Grape and Olive Restaurant

Spectacular panoramic views over the Bristol Channel, Gower Peninsula and Brecon Beacons that will greet diners to Wales’ highest eating experience when it opens later this month.


Situated on the 29th floor of Swansea’s Meridian Tower, the Grape and Olive restaurant will take over the mantle of the nation’s loftiest eaterie from the Penthouse restaurant, which folded just months after opening.


“It really is an advert for the city,” said its manager Ian Jonah. “I have been up here now for over 10 weeks and I still can’t believe the views. “You really have to see it to believe it. “We even had one member of staff burst into tears when she walked in, she said she hadn’t seen a view like this of Swansea since being on a fishing boat with her grandad as a child.”


New owner SA Brain and Company has spent thousands to completely redesign the troubled venue which, at 350ft, is Wales’ tallest residential building. The skyscraper restaurant offers 360 degree panoramic views from its wall-to-ceiling windows, with sweeping scenery across the bay and beyond.


On the 27th floor of the tower sits the main kitchen and 120-cover bar, with the 184-cover restaurant itself on the 28th floor and an exclusive mezzanine lounge and a crustacean bar on the 29th floor.


“The project has posed us some unique challenges,” admitted head of retail operations, Kirkland Davies. “The first thing workmen ask us is how big the lift is. “The staircase in the middle of the restaurant for example had to be brought up in sections. “And the food itself is cooked on a different floor so we have a finishing kitchen here on the 29th floor where the food can be sent up to and then presented properly. “It’s been a case of working out what can logistically be done, and we have found it a really good challenge.”



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