Local company to run World Heritage Centre cafe

Posted on:24/08/2023

Front Row Food at Blaenavon

A local catering company has won the contract to manage the World Heritage Centre cafe in Blaenavon.

Johnathan Gibbs, from Garndiffaith, has been running the Front Row Food rugby-themed cafe and catering service, based in Pontnewynydd, for the past five years.

He will now be joined by his wife Ria as they take over the tenancy of the World Heritage Centre cafe from next month.

Ria said: “We are so excited to take over the café and plan to mirror the success we’ve already have. We would like to thank everyone who continues to support us.

“It is a great honour to be part of a heritage site, and we are extremely grateful to have been selected to take on the role.

“We want to give local people opportunities in employment, volunteering, training and help them achieve their goals in life to become the best version of themselves. The only way to achieve success is through co-productively working with the community we live in.”

The company, which currently employs four members of staff, expect to employ a further four when the cafe reopens next month.

The cafe will be open Tuesday to Sundays, between 9.15am and 4.30pm, and will offer breakfast and lunch menus as well as weekly specials such as a new Bara Brith burger. They also plan to work with local producers like Blaenavon Cheddar Company.

Councillor Joanne Gauden, Executive Member for Economy, Skills and Regeneration, said: “We would like to welcome Front Row Trading to the community of Blaenavon.

“We know they are going to be a great asset to the heritage centre, and we look forward to seeing what culinary delights they cook up.”

The café will be closed from Saturday 26 August until Tuesday 5 September.