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Welcome to our new Chef!

August 11, 2013

This July saw the arrival of Gareth Ward as our new head chef. 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.


We have always valued our reputation as a foodie destination and for 11 years we have held a Michelin Star. Under all chefs the hotel was awarded Rosettes and currently holds three. We 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. We  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.  Lunch and Afternoon Tea are also served at the hotel.


We are delighted to welcome Gareth Ward to the family, and are 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 our beloved Ynyshir.

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