Gower restaurateurs have big plans for Discovery Centre

Ambitious plans: Discovery Centre

THE owners of one of Gower’s most popular restaurants want to repeat the success at Llanelli’s Discovery Centre.

Emilio and Camelia Fragiacomo, who run Langland Brasserie, have been granted a new premises licence for the North Dock building, set on the Millennium Coastal Path.

It means alcohol can be served from 9am to 11pm seven days a week, with the premises open an hour either side of those times.

The west-facing building is set over three floors, with office space at the top, and has superb views across the Loughor Estuary to North Gower and out to sea.

Mr Fragiacomo said customers would not see any immediate changes as there was a fair bit to do to get the Carmarthenshire Council-owned venue ready for its new chapter.

“I am pleased with the (licensing) decision,” he said.

Dyfed-Powys Police has requested that several licensing measures are adhered to, including CCTV coverage of entrances and exits, posters saying that people will be challenged if they look 25 or less, and that any drinking of alcohol in outdoor parts of the premises finishes at 10pm.

A Llanelli man objected to the licence application, saying that the Discovery Centre had been an “alcohol-free oasis”.

The objector, Dr Simon Powles, said in an email: “Surely there are enough bars, clubs and pubs in so many areas of Llanelli to satisfy for demand.”

He said the seafront area “was no place for drunkenness” and that serving alcohol from 9am was “ridiculous”.

In a written response, Camelia Fragiacomo said that alcohol was served in the morning at Langland Brasserie, including champagne breakfasts, with no resulting problems.

“The serenity of the locale has not been in any way harmed by the serving of alcohol due to responsible community members and strict standards regarding serving customers who are overly intoxicated or causing a disruption,” she said.

Footfall at the Discovery Centre was “erratic and unreliable” at the moment, she added, putting it at risk.

She said: “Our plans are to invest a large amount of money in improving the local offering.

“We are committed to providing a safe, authentic dining experience for all our customers and firmly believe that providing the opportunity for alcoholic beverages does not change our ethic.”

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