Gareth Ward is Chef Patron at Ynyshir, a Michelin star, five AA rosette restaurant and rooms which offers dining experiences featuring, in Ward’s own northern dialect, ‘Alternative British Snap’. Ward is passionate about using the best ingredients to create dining experiences that surprise guests with flavour on another level.
Ynyshir’s location between the Welsh coast and Snowdonia National Park, means he can handpick the best ingredients from Wales, and beyond, seeing the whole British Isles as his larder.
Gareth arrived at Ynyshir in 2013, then named Ynyshir Hall, as their new head chef earning his first Michelin Star and four AA rosettes within his first year.
In September 2016, Gareth was made Chef Patron, at which point he and his partner Amelia Eriksson, General Manager, made the decision to convert from a hotel to a Restaurant with Rooms, renaming the business as just ‘Ynyshir’. Since then extensive refurbishment has seen Ynyshir move further away from a traditional country house hotel, towards an exceptional destination restaurant with rooms.
The Good Food Guide ranks Ynyshir in twelfth place in The Top 50 Restaurants 2018 (up 28 places) and positions it as the leading restaurant in Wales. In September 2017, Ynyshir was awarded with five AA Rosettes – the first ever restaurant in Wales to achieve that accolade and one of three restaurants in the UK to reach that standard.
Ward has been cooking since he left school aged 16. His 20 year career includes the kitchens of Hambleton Hall,Seaham Hall, Hart’s Restaurant in Nottingham, and Restaurant Sat Bains.
Photograph: Fjona Black