Jonathan Woolway, the esteemed former chef-director of St John’s restaurant group in London, is gearing up to open a new restaurant in his hometown, Swansea. After an impressive 15-year tenure at the iconic ‘nose to tail’ London restaurants, Woolway is bringing his culinary prowess back home.
St John’s is renowned for its unique culinary approach, ensuring no part of the animal goes to waste, a philosophy often referred to as ‘nose to tail.’ Under Woolway’s leadership, the Smithfield branch of St John’s was awarded its first Michelin star.
The new restaurant’s location is the Swansea Waterfront, nestled within the SA1 development. While Woolway has been reserved in revealing details about his upcoming venture on social media, given his significant contribution to St John’s in terms of cooking, mentorship, and ensuring the highest quality and development, this restaurant is anticipated to be a hotspot for culinary enthusiasts.
Named ‘The Shed,’ the new establishment will be situated in the J-shed, a location previously occupied by Marco Pierre White’s restaurant. The recent introduction of The Welsh House also adds to the culinary diversity of the area. Located adjacent to the Prince of Wales dock, the venue is a convenient stroll from Swansea’s city center.
SA1, already a thriving hub of bars and restaurants, will undoubtedly benefit from the addition of a restaurant helmed by a chef of Woolway’s caliber. The local community and tourists alike await its opening with bated breath.