Ynyshir Hall Hotel – Wales’ Foodie Destination Appoints New Head Chef; Gareth Ward
2 Aug 2013
This summer saw the arrival of Gareth Ward as new head chef at Ynyshir Hall Hotel. Gareth has extensive experience from across the UK at leading restaurants. Gareth has held positions at Hambleton Hall, Seaham Hall and more recently Sat Bains, a Two Star Michelin restaurant serving modern British cuisine where he was Sous Chef in the team that gained their second Michelin Star.
Throughout his career Gareth has built an award winning reputation working at some of Britain’s finest establishments. He secured 2 Rosettes at Harts Restaurant and later achieved Restaurant of the Year 2009 at the Nottingham Restaurant Awards for his work there.
Ynyshir Hall is famous as a foodie destination and for 11 years held a Michelin Star. Under all chefs the hotel was awarded Rosettes and currently holds three. Owners, Joan & Rob Reen who have been at Ynyshir Hall since 1989 have always believed in developing young talent whilst drawing on the unique location of this Welsh property. Gareth Ward joins with a philosophy to foster this concept whilst adding his own magic.
Ynyshir Hall is blessed with an abundance of wonderful fresh local ingredients. Ynyshir Hall’s succulent seafood comes from Cardigan Bay — with lobsters, crabs and shrimp landed at Aberystwyth and Borth. And there is exceptional wild salmon and sewin in the local rivers. Venison and wild game are in abundance, Ynyshir Hall has tender-sweet Welsh lamb along with free-range chicken and Welsh Black beef which is second to none. Pork is organic and bacon is hand-cut for breakfast with sausages prepared to the hotel’s own recipe.
The kitchen garden produces wonderful fruit, vegetables, herbs and salads. Both Gareth & Joan also collect wild foods such as mushrooms, samphire, wood sorrel and wild garlic — all absolutely delicious thanks to the purity of the local soil, water and air.
Dinner at Ynyshir Hall is a choice of a 7 course and a 9 course tasting dinner, or for those wanting a lighter option, just two or three courses can be chosen. Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea are also served at the hotel.
With 10 spacious bedrooms all named after famous artists offering views over 14 acres of stunning garden, a lounge bar with a roaring log fire and a drawing room which is as welcoming as your own lounge at home and an award winning restaurant – Ynyshir Hall is all about you – an escape from all the stresses of modern life. The hotel is surrounded by the Cambrian Mountains and the views from all parts of the hotel are of nature, it was once Queen Victoria’s home.
Says Joan Reen; “I am delighted to welcome Gareth Ward to the family. I am so excited to nurture his culinary magic using the very best ingredients and produce nature offers in this unique corner of Wales. Our new menus look divine and Gareth has some exciting plans for the Autumn. With our fabulous new rooms, and treatment rooms, this is the start of a new beginning for my beloved Ynyshir”.
Eglwysfach, Powys, Wales, SY20 8TA Telephone: 01654 781209 Twitter @ynyshirhall