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Home By James Sommerin Wins Prestigious AA Award

The AA Rosette Awards celebrate the crème de la crème of UK culinary establishments.
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Penarth based restaurant Home by James Sommerin and The Checkers, in  Montgomery, received three AA Rosettes – standing out for their selection and treatment of the highest quality ingredients and consistently excellent flavour combinations. This commitment to quality earned them both a top spot on the AA’s list of the UK’s finest restaurants.


Established in 1956, the AA Rosette awards have long been a marker of leading restaurant and hotel venues across the UK, with the allocation of multi-Rosettes determined by AA’s expert inspectors.

Venues with three AA Rosettes are all outstanding restaurants that achieve standards that demand national recognition well beyond their local area.

As is tradition, each winner of a Rosette Award also received the iconic porcelain AA plate.


HOME by James Sommerin

Sharp modern cooking from a father and daughter team.

Speaking on Home by James Sommerin, an AA inspector said: “Mysterious from outside, with its blacked-out windows and curtained door, Home is a friendly, intimate space, with dark walls and wooden detailing.

“The focus of the room is, of course, the kitchen – you’ll feel like you are right in amongst the action as James Sommerin and his daughter, Georgia, move calmly around their workspace preparing their daily-changing menus (four or eight courses).

“Things might kick off with generously-filled pea ravioli with sage and parmesan – a liquid pea centre with crispy Serrano ham and sage leaves, while main course cod might be accompanied by Japanese artichoke and cep mushroom.”

James Sommerin was our cover star back in Summer 2021. Click here to check out the digital edition.

We recently dined at HOME and can honestly say the food is superb. It’s a truly special experience.