A short history of Lee.

At school Lee became interested in Ballroom dancing attending local lessons at first in Abercarn. With different partners, he travelled the country and competed from Newcastle to Weston, Staines and of course Blackpool – the Mecca of Ballroom dancing.

Lee and partners won many county championships and went on to win the Junior British Classical, Old Time & Modern Sequence Championships and also the Youth classical. Lee also represented Wales in many team matches and was a member of a group of dancers who visited Gatchina in Russia.

Lee, always interested in cooking, trained at Crosskeys College under the eye of John McGeehan. Taking several different jobs Lee decided he wanted to “make it big” and decided to have one last crack at a respected restaurant in Wales. The restaurant he chose was the Michelin starred Walnut Tree Inn,¬†then part owned by chef Stephen Terry. Not only working for Stephen, Lee assisted in outside events and demonstrations.

Lee also worked for Stephen before opening The Chippy and Cafe, at Stephens new restaurant – The Hardwick in Abergavenny.

With the help of dad & family Lee purchased Bedonia Cafe and Fish Bar and commenced trading in June 2006.

Since beginning trading as The Chippy & Cafe in 2006, Lee has re-branded the business to better represent the acheivements of the company. It now trades as Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips.

Lee Penaluna