A new restaurant and grocery store with backing from the man behind one of Britain’s most famous celebrity haunts has opened in Cardiff city centre.
Bill’s restaurant opened in the Wyndham Arcade on Monday, bringing its offering of a grocery store-cum-café/restaurant to the Welsh capital.
Bill’s was first founded by greengrocer Bill Collison in Lewes, Sussex, 23 years ago, but the family business began to grow in 2001 when it started selling paninis as well as fresh produce.
The mix of a greengrocer’s market and café was a huge success, and in 2009 multi-millionaire businessman Richard Caring – who is best known as the owner of London celebrity haunt The Ivy – invested in the company.
The small chain now includes outlets in Brighton, Cambridge, London, Exeter and Reading.
The Cardiff restaurant – which has taken over 12 units in Wyndham Arcade – serves breakfast, lunch, teas and coffees, and evening meals, from a menu based around fresh ingredients and modern British cooking. The adjoining grocery store sells items used in Bill’s menu, including jams, chutneys, olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
The new restaurant has created 45 jobs in the Welsh capital, with general manager Kelly Hepworth saying all customers can expect to feel at ease in the city centre eatery.
She said: “Everyone who works here is passionate about it. You can expect amazing service, and eclectic British food. You can come in for a cup of tea or a three-course meal – whatever you want to do.”