Luxury food pop up returns for seconds

Cegin Burlington will host their second fine dining pop up at the Milk and Sugar cafe in the Old Library, on Thursday November 30

Cegin Burlinton's pop up events specialise in fine dining

Cegin Burlinton’s pop up events specialise in fine dining. Credit: The Octopus Diaries

A chef duo who specialise in luxury dining are to put on their second pop up event in Cardiff next week, following the success of their first attempt last month.

Cegin Burlington Fine Culinary Services, which is run by chefs Wil Atkinson and Gareth Dobbs, will host their latest five course dining extravaganza at the Milk and Sugar cafe in the Old Library on Thursday November 30.

And they are hoping to build on the success of their debut event, which went down a storm, to exploit a gap in the Cardiff food market.

“There are currently no other fine dining pop ups in Cardiff,” Gareth said, adding that the pair thought that, “the concept has worked well in other cities, such as London, and the produce in Wales is amongst the best in the world, so why not show it off!”

The use of Welsh produce is very important to Cegin Burlington, with the chefs pointing out that they used venison from Bonvilston and sweetbreads from Penrhiw at their first event.

And as well as showing off the best in local produce, this offers another advantage in that it ensures their business is more environmentally friendly, an issue which is important to both chefs.

“We are conscious of our carbon footprint,” said Wil, “and keeping the produce local keeps the food miles low.”

Chefs Wil Atkinson and Gareth Hobbs serving up a dish at their last pop up event

Chefs Wil Atkinson and Gareth Hobbs serving up a dish at their last pop up event. Credit: The Octopus Diaries

At £55 per person – or £75 if you opt for a wine to accompany each course – the evening does not come cheap. But according to blogger Jane Cook, who attended the first event, the food is worthy of a high price.

Jane, who runs Cardiff based food-blog HungryCityHippy, said, “I definitely think it’s worth the cost. Cegin Burlington is priced as a special treat – you wouldn’t be able to eat five courses of food (with matching wine) every evening!”