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Swansea food and drink favourites pitch up on new ground

Chris Price and Sarah Kift at their Gower Seafood Hut.

Two popular businesses have temporary new homes as essential work is carried out to strengthen the Mumbles sea defences.

The Gower Seafood Hut and coffee van Bibby’s Beans have moved off the prom to pitches in the neighbouring Southend Park as contractors Knights Brown undertake the work for Swansea Council.

Both are open and ready for a busy Easter holiday.

Another prom business – Village Creperie – plans to reopen in a new nearby location soon.

Council cabinet member Andrew Stevens said: “We’re delighted that these popular food and drink businesses can continue to serve customers within a few yards of the prom whilst our vital work is carried out.”

The Gower Seafood Hut sells a range of freshly cooked fish and shellfish.

It’s been trading for six years, with partners Chris Price and Sarah Kift winning plaudits from media outlets such as The Observer, Independent, Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph.

Bibby’s Beans sells a range of coffees and other drinks.

Co-owner Tom Bibby runs it with brother Marc. They have their purple van in the Mumbles seafront area, a camper van coffee shop on the seafront near Singleton Park and a van they take to festivals and markets.

Paul Falvey and Dorian Davies, who operate the prom’s Village Creperie pod, plan to open soon after Easter at a new temporary pitch on the sea side of Oystermouth Square car park.

They offer fresh crepes from hot stoves with an original French recipe and a range of fillings.

The Mumbles coastal protection scheme will strengthen and improve 1.2km of the prom approximately from the slipway in front of the Pilot pub to the seawall at Oystermouth Square.

As part of the work the council’s improving the prom for walkers and cyclists. There’ll be more greenery.

The scheme’s being managed by the council, with funding from the Welsh Government’s Coastal Risk Management Programme. Design is by Amey Consulting. The main contractor is Knights Brown.

Work’s due to be completed next year.