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Friday, February 13, 2015

13/02/2015: Welsh fish restaurant opens on site of old public toilets

Could this fish restaurant in Aberystwyth, Wales, be any more conveniently located?

Once home to public toilets for beachgoers and shoppers on the seafront, a dramatic transformation will see it open as the town’s only specialist fish eatery, serving up fish caught within a stone’s throw of its doors, Wales Online reports.
 

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/now-thats-convenient-location-fish-8637768

Set with the stunning backdrop of the shoreline, and once having been used by fisherman to store their catch, the new cafe bar called Pysgoty (fish house) hopes to benefit from its ideal seaside location.

Fishmonger Craig Edwards and his wife Rhiannon, a chef, are behind the plans to convert the old block, serving up fish caught by local fishermen.

The project has been welcomed by locals as a first-class example of regeneration of old town buildings and of a sustainable business model.

“We’d had plans to open our own restaurant for some time, it was just a case of finding the right location,” said Craig, who used to run a hotel restaurant but trained as a fishmonger two-and-a-half years ago.

“This place couldn’t be any better located. Having a fish restaurant right next to the sea is just ideal, and the idea is that we can serve up the freshest fish you can find, cooked simply and making the best of local produce.”
 
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/now-thats-convenient-location-fish-8637768

He said the building will be transformed into a relaxed and casual cafe bar with an affordable menu.

“We want to make the best of the produce but also make this somewhere that is inviting and affordable to everyone. Of course there will be more expensive dishes like lobster but generally this will be a place where you can sit outside with the dog and tuck into your favourite fish.”

He said he hoped the quirky history of the building would create a great talking point.

“When the toilets here closed quite a few years ago, they were replaced by new conveniences 50 yards away,” said Craig.

It means, ironically, that customers wanting to use the toilet will have to use the public loos just a few steps away.

“We won’t have any toilets here, we can make the most of what is essentially quite a modest space. The idea is that we have decking outside for almost 40 covers, with space for around 16-20 covers inside.”

The couple, who also recently took over a local fishmongers, last week began the transformation, which should see Pysgoty open by Easter.

Aberystwyth County Councillor Ceredig Davies welcomed the venture.

“It will be great to see such a restaurant located right next to the harbour and will literally see fish being brought straight from boat to plate.

“It is so wonderful to see this kind of proactive development and we are delighted.”


Read the article HERE.

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