Award winning pub group Knife & Fork Food have announced plans to open their fifth venue, Twenty Nine Park Place, this July.
The pub, which is Knife & Fork Food’s most ambitious venue yet, follows on from the 2014 opening of The Discovery in Lakeside, and will join other venues in the group’s portfolio which incorporates The Conway in Pontcanna, The Pilot in Penarth and The Old Swan Inn in Llantwit Major.
Twenty Nine Park Place, which sits adjacent to the steps of the National Museum Wales, is currently undergoing an extensive £200,000 refurbishment, which will completely overhaul the interiors of the grand townhouse to bring it in line with the aesthetic of a refined, traditional pub for today, complete with bar area, open kitchen, restaurant and a small private dining room on the first floor.
The venue will be a visual step away from the much-loved interiors of the group’s more suburban and rural venues, however, hallmarks will remain that fans of the local pubs will know and appreciate.
The acquisition of Twenty Nine Park Place is the next step in an expansion strategy for the regional pub group that was established in 1999 with Woods Brasserie and has since gone on to experience great success, turning over £3.7 million in 2017, generating and maintaining strong local followings and being recognised by the acclaimed Michelin Pub Guide.
The move into Cardiff city centre has been largely self-funded by Knife & Fork Food, and is the result of several years of careful consideration regarding their next move. Speaking about the new venture, Sean Murphy, one of three partners who own the group, said: “Until now we’ve always considered ourselves to be a company that specialises in community pubs and to date we have been very successful at that, however, when we saw Twenty Nine Park Place we simply couldn’t resist such a magnificent opportunity”
“The venue is stunning and our move into town heralds the beginning of a whole new era for us. Our current customers will certainly feel at home when we open as it will very much have the Knife & Fork Food stamp on it, however, we’ve unquestionably scaled it up a notch, now that we’re in the city centre.
“We’re looking forward to opening our doors in July, but for now we’re very busy making it the very best city pub with food it can possibly be. And, in association with Wonder Company who have put together a contemporary yet comfortable design, it promises to be worth a visit! ”
The kitchen at Twenty Nine Park Place will be under the control of Head Chef Steffan Bonnifay, who is currently Head Chef at The Discovery in Lakeside. From the new ground floor open kitchen, Steffan and his team will be serving up a constantly evolving menu, loaded with fresh local produce. And fans of the group’s other venues will also be pleased to discover signature classic dishes, including the best-selling fish and chips and traditional pies.
And the drinks offering won’t disappoint. Under the stewardship of Managing Director, Sean Murphy, who also owns the Vale of Glamorgan Brewery, the bar will boast an impressive array of ales to entice and excite even the most jaded of ale aficionados.
Speaking about the plans for the bar, Sean says: “We’ll have a range of 14 keg and cask craft ales from Wales and all over the world. It’s something I’m really looking forward to curating.”
“Gin and rum will also be a big focus for us and like all of our other venues there will also be a whiskey corner.”
The extensive renovation schedule is currently underway and Twenty Nine Park Place is scheduled to open in late July.