Some of our readers may remember La Cocina featuring in our previous issue. Back then we happily announced that a new tapas bar and restaurant was coming soon to Bridgend and that everyone should get ready. Jump forward to today and Bridgend’s newest taste sensation has finally opened its doors. We caught up with the owner of La Cocina, Dan Apsee, to find out how things were going following the launch in October.
How has business been since you launched?
Business has been non-stop since we opened and we’re thrilled with the support we have received. Most customers have already been back again and we’re pleased that we’ve built a loyal customer base already.
Can you tell us a little history of yourself and why you opened La Cocina?
I’m a Bridgend resident and I’ve worked in the hospitality sector for over a decade. I felt there was a gap in the market in Bridgend for a restaurant that serves authentic Spanish food and quality alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, which is why I opened La Cocina.
What sets you apart from similar businesses in the area?
I think it’s a combination of using authentic Spanish ingredients, serving quality drinks, providing excellent customer service in a relaxed atmosphere that sets us apart from our competitors.
Furthermore, there really is no other place like the Courthouse in Bridgend as it’s such a unique venue and we’ve retained many of the original features to keep the character of the building. From customer feedback, a lot of people have said that they’ve been waiting for a restaurant like ours to open as it’s something different and new for the town and it’s got people really excited.
Describe the atmosphere in La Cocina.
We’ve worked hard on the interiors to ensure we created a relaxed atmosphere where customers feel welcome and enjoy their dining experience with us.
We pride ourselves on being able to cater for all occasions, whether it’s a romantic meal for two or a party of more than 20, we can accommodate to everyone’s needs.
What type of dishes and drinks can people expect at La Cocina?
All options on our menu are dishes that you would nd in Spain and maintaining this authenticity is very important to us. We’ve got a variety of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes to choose from so there really is something for everyone. Much of our produce is imported directly from Spain to ensure the authenticity of our product.
We have an extensive cocktail menu which showcases an array of different ingredients including many of our own creations. Customers can enjoy a selection of ne wines from across the globe as well as champagne and cava. There are also plenty of Spanish beers including San Miguel and Mahou.
Do you have any offers at La Cocina?
We have an offer Tuesday to Thursday evening from 6 pm when customers can get three tapas dishes for £11.95. Furthermore, we provide a lunchtime offer of £9.95 for three dishes. Our Sunday lunch has been really popular already – two courses are £13.95 and three courses are £16.95
What are your future plans for the business?
We want to keep growing the business and continue to provide customers with a memorable dining and drinking experience. We’ve had a great beginning to La Cocina and we’re looking forward to what the future has in store.
2 Derwen Road, Bridgend CF31 1LH