End of an era as ‘new kid in town’ takes over famous Porthcawl fish restaurant

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

By Philip Irwin
in Business

It is the end of an era in Porthcawl, as the Sidoli’s Fish Restaurant in Well Street – a fixture in the town for around 40 years – is to become part of the Finnegans chain.

For Finnegans, it will be the first ‘sit down’ restaurant they have opened. Their existing take-away outlet in Porthcawl, in Station Hill, will continue as usual.

Since opening in Station Hill, Finnegans have added three more branches in Broadlands, Bridgend, in Baglan and in Llansamlet, Swansea.

Finnegans owner Huw Jones is excited about his new venture in Porthcawl.

He told The GEM: “Station Hill in Porthcawl is still our busiest take-away, but taking over the Well Street site offers something different.”

The Well Street fish restaurant will start trading next Monday, February 12, and its business hours will be considerably extended.

It will be branded as the ‘Finnegans @ Well Street Fish Restaurant’.

Huw sees its location as a great asset, as it is close to the seafront at Porthcawl, just around the corner (about 50 yards away) from the Grand Pavilion.

It will offer takeaway options, as well as the seated restaurant.

Huw said: “In recent years, the fish restaurant has opened from 11.30am to 2.30pm only.

“Our intention is to open from 11am until 8pm every day, seven days a week, although at the moment, we will be closing at 6pm on Sundays and Mondays.”

Huw is looking forward to offering some of the Sidoli favourites.

He said: “This week, we have been preparing the hake cutlets that are so popular. The fish arrives from Newlyn in Cornwall and it’s a real Sidoli’s speciality.”

One special offer in the restaurant to celebrate the opening will be a teatime special (after 4pm) with cod, unlimited chips, mushy peas, tea or Americano coffee or a soft drink for £9.99.

A similar offer is also available, priced at £12.50, but with Peroni beer or a glass of wine instead of the soft drink option.

Unlimited chips means what it says. Huw said: “If you finish your meal and fancy some more chips, then just ask at the counter.”

Finnegans have won plenty of awards since they started up, and both the restauarnt and the take-away will stick with Finnegans belief that the fish should only be cooked when the order is placed.

Huw added: “We don’t serve fast food, we serve good food as fast as we can.”

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