Get to know our chef


Head Chef
Age : 33
Previous : Freemasons at Wiswell, Longridge restaurant,
Ynyshir Hall
Style : Raw, traditional, precise

Hywel worked at Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor and Ynyshir Hall before taking his first Head Chef position at Paul Heathcote’s Longridge Restaurant where he earned three AA Rosettes. In 2011, he moved into the Head Chef role at the Freemasons at Wiswell which became the first and only pub restaurant in the UK to be awarded a cooking score of 7/10 in The Good Food Guide.


If your kitchen was on fire, what would you save and why?

All the staff, without them, what we do here would not be possible.

If you weren’t a chef what would you be?
Batman, (well I’d like to be!).

What’s your foodie guilty pleasure?
I don’t really have one.

Sweet or savoury?
Combination, it’s all about balance!

What is your favourite food shop or market?
Any of our small welsh suppliers, I couldn't possibly choose any one over each other as they all produce great ingredients in their own field.

And for a blow-out dinner?
Midsummer House.

What would your death row meal be?

What is your favourite cookbook?
Eleven Madison Park, recipes that are achievable and actually work.

What’s your top cooking tip?
Work hard and enjoy it or don't bother!

What is your favourite foodie destination in the UK?
Midsummer House.

And abroad?
Piazza duomo, Alba.

What ingredients are really worth forking out for?
It’s what you do with the ingredients that count, not what you pay for them.

Guest Chef Night at the Beach House

Hywel hosts Chefs Will Holland & Allister Barsby:

In the first of our series of Guest Chef Nights and special dinners through this Autumn and Winter, Hywel Griffith our Head Chef has invited Guest Chefs Will Holland from Coast Restaurant - Saundersfoot and Allister Barsby from Grove of Narberth, to share his kitchen on the evening of Friday 14th October.

These 3 leading South West Wales Chefs will be offering a collaborative six course tasting menu of exciting dishes with each chef cooking 2 courses with a matching wine flight selected by our Sommelier Silviu Craciun.  Showcasing the individual style and creativity of each Chef, the menu will offer a unique insight into the respective restaurants and pay homage to the stunning ingredients that South West Wales has to offer.

A little more about the chefs....

Will Holland

Will Holland

Will has been working in Michelin-starred restaurants since the age of 18, spending nearly two decades working in some of the finest restaurants in the country.  He was awarded his first Michelin star at La Becasse in Ludlow before the age of 30 and has been a regular on Saturday Kitchen over the years.

Now running Coast restaurant on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, his style is more relaxed and informal, but the focus remains on fantastic ingredients, excellent technique and mouth-watering food.

Coast Restaurant is currently AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales and his year Will has been honoured by the Chefs Guild of Chefs by been awarded UK Restaurant Chef of the Year 2016.

Allister Barsby

Allister Barsby

Allister, arrived in West Wales earlier this year from 2 Michelin Starred Gideligh Park where he was Head Chef for 3 years under the legendary Micheal Caines.  Having been moulded by one of the best chefs in the UK, Allister's cuisine is a distinctive modern British style with a delicate touch of the unexpected.  He focuses on extracting full and exciting flavours from every ingredient on the plate.

Grove has held 3 prestigious AA Rosettes for the last 3 years and Allister is now taking their food to a new level with the kitchen being awarded a remarkable score of 6 for the first time in the latest edition of the Good Food Guide.


Hywel Griffith

Hywel Griffith, Head Chef at Beach House said:

"Will and Allister are both fantastic Chefs and produce amazing food, so Alice and I are very proud to welcome them to Beach House for the first of our Guest Chef Night series.  We are all incredibly passionate about local Welsh ingredients so it's exciting to work together for the first time."


Evening with tasting menu and flight of wines is £95 per person.

More information on future Guest Chef Nights and Special Dinners through the Autumn and Winter at the Beach House will follow shortly.

Book now by calling Alice @ 01792 390965
Early booking is highly recommended.


North to South Italian Wine Dinner

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Friday 18th November:

As part of our exciting series of events through the Autumn and Winter we are very excited to host our very own International Wine Dinner.  Restaurant Manager Alice Bussi who hails from Liguria will work with our Head Chef Hywel to design an authentic North to South Italian Wine Dinner complete with matched fine wine pairings from across Italy.

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