The World According To... Owen Morgan

Chris Losh

Chris Losh

19 May 2016

Owen Morgan, co-founder of Spanish restaurant group Bar 44, talks tapas, tattoos, Tom Jones and badge envy with Chris Losh


CV
June 2002 Graduated from Swansea University
September 2002 Founded Bar 44 Cowbridge
2005 Became director of Farthings Wine Bar & Restaurant, Cowbridge
2006 Opened deli and outdoor catering company Farthings At Home
2012 Opened Bar 44 in Penarth
2013 Became a certified sherry educator
2015 Opened Bar 44 Cardiff
December 2015 Launched Bar 44 online shop

‘Minesweeping kids’ party food is one of the best bits about being a parent.’

‘Cardiff has started to blossom, and the food and drink scene has followed. Wahaca and Burger & Lobster are all here now – and the indies are following.’

‘My brother has a Blue Peter badge for a painting competition and I don’t have one. That still hurts a bit. It gets brought up on Christmas Day.’

‘We once employed a chef who would miss work every other day. He used to send in his twin brother instead, who would pretend to be him and thought we wouldn’t notice.’

‘We are passionate about sherry. We import conditioned barrels and serve sherry directly from them. People won’t necessarily like all sherries, but we’re confident we can always find one style that they will like.’

‘If I had a tattoo, it would probably be an ibérico ham.’

‘To play me in a film of my life it would have to be someone Spanish-looking. Maybe Antonio Banderas.’

‘I’m a huge rugby fan and our Cardiff venue is near the Millennium Stadium. I can be in work until 15 minutes before kick-off, then back straight after.’

‘My karaoke song would probably be Delilah or Green Green Grass of Home by Tom Jones.’

‘We bought an Airstream trailer and took it on the road. One side was for tapas, the other cava and sherry. We called it El Boqueron because it looked like a giant anchovy.’

‘Learning Welsh wasn’t compulsory when I was at school. My five- year-old teaches me. She can be rude in Welsh and I don’t know what she’s saying.’

‘When we started, my brother and I did everything. It’s given us an appreciation of every element of the business: kitchen, bar, finance… We can step in anywhere, and can’t be messed around.’

‘As a teenager, I loved Friends. I’d like to think of myself as being like Joey, but my wife tells me I’m more of a Ross.’

 

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