Three friends and food producers in Pembroke Dock have joined together to launch a new Food Hall style restaurant, launching this Summer.
Meet Michelle, Jody and Rhiannon…
Having grown up in a farming family, Michelle took an altogether different route. After training and working as a divorce lawyer for fifteen years she yearned for a less structured way of life and, following the birth of her first child, she set about making an exit plan.
Food and farming are natural bedfellows, and what began with just a few pigs in a small field belonging to her father, soon grew to include sheep, Highland cattle, and even water buffalo. Having bought and converted a Citroen H van in early 2014, Michelle began trading with the likes of Street Food Circus in Cardiff, and ran regular supper clubs.
Business was brisk, and within the space of two months in early 2016, she’d given up her career, and moved with her family to a 60 acre farm overlooking the South Pembrokeshire Coast. From Easter until September you’ll find her trailer at Broadhaven South beach, and catering the most laid back weddings, but the biggest project is yet to come.
Cŵlbox, popular for its freshly cooked seafood, was set up in 2018 by husband-and-wife Jody Bell and Rhiannon Morgan-Bell, along with their friend Damien Bertrand. You can find them at their converted Rice horse box on Saundersfoot beach all year round, tides permitting.
Jody, a former music therapist, and Rhiannon, a freelance artist manager, moved to Pembrokeshire after 20 years in Cardiff. Cwlbox has become a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike, and their Bang Bang Prawns were recently listed in the top 10 street food dishes in Wales.
Coming soon; Y Gegin
Bricks and mortar are a huge gamble for any young business, and the trio knew to make it work, it would need to be something really special. Michelle had always admired the beautiful old market building in nearby Pembroke Dock, and thought it the perfect venue for a Food Hall; a restaurant style fast gaining popularity in London and Manchester.
Together, Michelle, Jody & Rhiannon have set about creating the kind of place where they’d like to eat. Laid back, weekend dining. Brunch, lunch, supper. Simple plates of food, made for sharing. Quality ingredients, with a focus on sustainability and provenance.
Y Gegin will have four chef’s kitchens, a bar and a dedicated children’s area. The hall is a huge space, one they’ll furnish simply with long tables for communal dining, as well as there being a more relaxed and intimate lounge area. They have an exciting list of guest traders, including Llandeilo based Pink Peppercorn, with funnel cakes and macaron from Celestial Bakes. It’s a simple concept, and one they hope will capture diners’ imagination.
Y Gegin launch weekend will feature a Saturday Producers & Makers market showcasing the best Pembrokeshire has to offer, with the likes of zero waste shop The Little Pantry Tenby, Pembrokeshire Goats Cheese and Welsh Sea Honey pitching up to sell their wares.