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Barclays Business Manager Lee Owen with owner Gordon Hadfield

Award winning business 'On the Rocks'

21 March 2018

A new award winning restaurant and bar has opened in Swanbridge Bay, Sully after a £200,000 investment supported by Barclays, to develop a shoreline dining experience with stunning views across the Bristol Channel.

Winner of the 2018 Vale of Glamorgan “Building Excellence Award” the “On the Rocks” restaurant and “Pink Floyd” bar self-build, has been created using traditional building methods, incorporating steel frames and faced with pebbles reclaimed from the local beach, to produce a spectacular finish.

Catering for up to 56 covers the restaurant and bar expects to turnover £250,000 in year 1 and create up to 20 new jobs over the next 12 months.

Gordon Hadfield, “On the Rocks” owner said, “We already operate the “Island View” caravan Park and popular “Seashore Grill” but I always wanted to put something closer to the sea. I starter reclamation of the local beach and removed over 10,000 tonnes of debris before obtaining planning permission to build the restaurant and bar. I have a background in construction and at 62 felt it was time to indulge myself and build something for myself that hopefully many others will also enjoy.”

Lee Owen, Barclays Business Manager, said, Barclays research identifies the significant role “entrepreneurs” play in the local economy and is committed to supporting such propositions. By using our knowledge and experience within the local market, Barclays Business has been delighted to support “On the Rocks” and wishes the business every success for the future. The “Pink Floyd” bar is reference to Gordon’s favourite band, and the attention to detail and breathtaking views have delivered an exceptional build design utilizing Gordon’s experience and passion for the project.”

Gordon Hadfield continues “The contemporary restaurant and bar offers a mouth-watering range of fresh quality fish and meat dishes, coupled with an extensive tapas menu to deliver a truly memorable experience. This venture was a 3 three-year project, but I am delighted with the end result. Every day when I come to the restaurant and look out over the channel I think I am on holiday, not in work which was part of the investment rationale, to provide a lifestyle business for myself and my family to manage and also enjoy.”

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