Culinary Weekenders: Ynyshir Hall
We review the very best UK hotels for foodies. This issue we travelled to Wales to visit Gareth Ward’s special tasting menu at Ynyshir Hall.
As originally published in Tempus Magazine, 2015
Nestled in the Cambrian Mountains, amid a sparse fairytale landscape, chef Gareth Ward has created a stunning menu worth travelling out of London for.
Recently awarded his first Michelin Star, Ward’s 11 course tasting menu combines delicate flavours with bold choices, amid a highly innovative presentation, that brings theatrical flair to his strong-willed culinary creations.
A chef is only as good as their produce, and it is here that the location comes to fore. Ward’s seafood comes from nearby Cardigan Bay, with wild salmon and sewin from the local rivers. Venison, wild game, Welsh lamb and Welsh Wagyu beef are all reared nearby providing wonderfully rich regional panache, with the kitchen garden producing fruit, vegetables, herbs and salads. Meanwhile, local woods provide the hotel’s mushrooms, samphire, wood sorrel and wild garlic – all enriched thanks to the purity of the local soil, water and air.
Paired wines help deliver ever more distinctive tastes, and again show a brave bravura against the often challenging menu.
Whilst the food delivers a sensational experience, the beautifully appointed hotel provides a classically luxurious backdrop. Blending modern sharp lines with authentic local materials, the relaxing setting is perfect for a weekend away, with the homely service both personal and charming.
As originally published in Tempus Magazine, 2015. See full article below: