'Crispy flowering courgette' Our menus evolve every season and we do have some signature dishes that have been on our menu from the very beginning. A firm favourite with our guests is the Crispy flowering courgette. Head Chef Hywel Griffith shares his inspiration for the dish.
Crispy flowering courgette Snowdonia cheese, tomato, olive and basil
Here we have a provencale inspired dish. The courgettes are grown locally in Burry Green, Gower and the creamy punchy filling is made with cheese from my beloved home region of Snowdonia. This dish just screams Summer to me, the freshness and simplicity of the ingredients just captures what Beach House is all about…. Local, fresh and honest cooking.
Warm congratulations to my fellow competitors Alex Greene, Niall Keating, Tom Barnes, Kerth Gumbs and Ruth Hansom on delivering such a fabulous banquet last night. An amazing achievement for you all and lovely to watch after all that hard work and endeavour.
I had a wonderful time on the Great British Menu series but with all of these things of course there are lots of people who we need to thank.
Melanie Sanders from @chapel58 who lovingly painted ‘the onion’ pirate boats, Rodney Bender from Innovative Glass in Clydach for the embossed Twrch Trwth cloches, Ben Thomas at the Slate Workshop in Llanelli for the slate on ‘the onion’, Anthony Kleinberg at Abbey Masonry in Cross Hands who crafted his interpretation of Arthur’s Stone and Claire Evans from Seasalt Pottery who made the bouche bowls, plates and golden egg. Our fabulous designers @monddi in Pembroke who patiently designed my little children’s cookbook that beautifully illustrated the inspiration behind each dish. And last but certainly not least Zoe and Neil Kedward, the owners of Beach House Restaurant, who worked closely with myself throughout the process as a sounding board for ideas and much, much more. All of this work was turned around in very short timeframes and so it could not have happened without everybody coming together like they did.
I would also like to thank the producers for inviting myself onto the series. All of us were made to feel very much at home and I personally loved every minute of the challenge, competition and camaraderie that makes the show so special. Also a big thank you to Susan Calman who really did help lighten the atmosphere when we needed it most. Her natural charm and good humour really did make all the difference.
We look forward to welcoming our customers back to Beach House very soon and more information on possible opening dates will follow as soon as we have clarity on that from Welsh Government.
👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 congratulations. You made Wales very proud.
Well done Hywel. You did yourself, the restaurant and the country proud. Consistently good dishes and so near to getting to the banquet. Pipped at the post.
Really looking forward to you reopening, when this dreadful time is behind us. Your phone will be deluged. Keep safe.
Well... Hywel (and everyone else in the Beach House team)...
It was inevitable that as soon as you showed your talent as a chef, but also as soon as you made the lovely Susan laugh, you were going to be the star that we knew you were from the moment we opened the wooden and slate bread box in the first week you opened.
I should warn you though about some serious legal consequences!
As a lawyer presently working from home I have been drafting some new Welsh legislation to deal with any future crisis. How it works is this... if you are ever offered a place anywhere else the “Hywel Held at Home Just For Us (Wales) Act” will kick in. The First Minister has confirmed that if anyone tries to take you away from Oxwich you will immediately be arrested and held in lockdown in that storage container used by the water sports guys in the car park. You will only be allowed to walk, not drive, and will only be allowed to do essential activities (which in Schedule 22 it specifically says only includes one thing: cooking for us in the Beach House) 😉
Seriously... great couple of weeks watch you shine. One of these days (goodness knows when) we’ll go and catch some Gower fish...
Did Yourself and Wales proud, Hywel. Probably my favourite series of the last couple of years.
Be prepared for a party of about 20 of us to celebrate our 40th anniversary next year. ❤️🌈
Well done Hywel you did wales proud 👏👏👏👏
Looking forward to bringing my family down XX
Congratulations, well done, loved the whole series, you certainly put your heart and soul into every course you presented, well done Hywel x
Well done. Your dishes looked amazing. The Beach House was on our list of restaurants to go to this summer so hopefully we will get there sometime 🙌🏻
Well done Hywel I really enjoyed the show . Yours dishes looked fantastic, such a talent .🎉🎉 Congratulations and best wishes 😊
You did Gower and Wales proud Hywel....you made a wonderful contribution and put The Beach House rightly on the best places to eat list....well done & hopefully be visiting again soon 👏
Well done, you should feel so proud of yourself, your dishes were amazing, and your professionalism and passion for your craft shone. Can’t wait to be able to visit Oxwich again soon x
We have loved watching you on the show. Congratulations Hywel.🙌
You’ve done yourself, your family and Wales so proud dude. Massive congratulations. Miss you big fella. X
Many congratulations to you and all the other individuals who helped you to deliver those stunning props and dishes themselves.Can't wait for the Beach House to open again.You are the pride of Wales, showing great character and cameraderie with the rest of the chefs on the show. Your interaction with susan was great, very entertaining!!
Congratulations Hywel, you did Wales proud !!
It was a fabulous series and Hywel we watched hoping you’d get through. You came so close with some wonderful dishes 💖 xx
Well done Hywel , look forward to the reopening of the Beach house.
Congratulations Hywel Thoroughly enjoyed the series and felt certain you would get to the banquet. ... so I look forward to next year! Looking forward to being able to eat again at the Beach House ASAP .
You were a great contestant very well done indeed xx
I loved watching you cook and compete with the best. So nearly there at the banquet! Well done and best wishes for every success in the future. 🏆
Well done Hywel! You did us proud! 🏴 Loved watching the show - so much talent! Can’t wait to come back to the Beach House
Excellent effort Hywel and congratulations all round. Thoroughly enjoyed your contribution.
Well done congratulations. Can’t wait to get into the restaurant again x
Well done on your amazing dishes, please try again next year as you deserve to cook at a banquet!! Felt proud watching you 👏👏👏
Really looking forward to a visit soon.......
Very well done 👏👏👏👏
We were shouting come on !! we want Hywel at the TV !! Your dishes were amazing fabulous... well done indeed!!💕xxx
What a week it has been and we're sure you'll agree it has been an absolute pleasure to watch our Head Chef Hywel Griffith compete in this year's series of #greatbritishmenu and represent Wales.
From winning the Welsh heats, to coming in the top 3 twice, throughout the series Hywel has not only demonstrated his first class culinary skills but has shown the nation what we see everyday, which is the genuine, humble and friendly guy.
We can't wait to watch the banquet tonight and wish all the remaining chefs the best of luck!
Can’t wait for you to open, waiting to travel from Cydweli Carmarthenshire to eat xxx
So near, yet so far. I would quite happily demolish any of the dishes you’ve cooked up through the last couple of weeks.
You’ve done Gower and Wales proud.
Can’t wait for our 40th anniversary meal at the Beach House, next year. Fingers crossed life has some normality back by then.
Watching Hywel on GBM has definitely encouraged us to visit your restaurant. Well done Hywel! We're not too far away, so hope to visit soon.
Well done Hywel for a great effort. Thought you were unlucky with the Peacock Pie and the Golden Egg! Would love to see both on the Beach House menu 👍🏻
I cannot get into messenger owing to my change of email address and the Facebook and messenger are not compatible. However with my daughter living in Horton I might come to your restaurant once this continuous virus allows us.
Really enjoyed seeing you on the programme I thought you made fabulous food and deserved to cook at the banquet. Will eat again at your restaurant soon I hope best of luck
So unlucky with the golden egg, should have won with that 😕 What a grand job though and your personality really shone through. Can’t wait to come and taste your food again soon. Well done! 👏
Have loved watching the last week, you have done Wales proud.
Well done Hywel ... you should have been cooking in the banquet .... you definitely had the best desert!!🥰🥂xxx
Great work Hywel.
Fantastic representation for Wales and The Beach House . xx
Absolutely - as much as his food looked literally incredible, I loved how gracious and encouraging he was towards the other chefs. respect,H. That’s rare x
I’ve been rooting for Hywel all week. Only been lucky to get in with you once, but can’t wait to come again. 😋❤️
Hywel huge congratulations you are an excellent chef and a natural on TV! Book me a table for whenever you have a guest chefs GBM night it will be amazing! We are so lucky to have you and Beach House in Swansea. We just need you to be able to open up again xx
Well done Hywel, you were very unlucky but your food looked outstanding. Llongyfarchiadau mawr 👍🏴
Can't agree more! Can't wait till we can come to the Gower once more. Think the Orton family will be planning a massive reunion at the beach house. Well done and every good wish for you all in these trying times.
Well Done Hywel. Loved the series and look forward to visiting The Beach House for the first time. 😀🏴
Hywel, hard luck!Robbed at the last by inferior desserts.Even the rest of the pros thought u would get it!! We are all very proud of the way you performed, the way you helped other chefs out, your honest comments on tasting other chefs dishes and the way you came over on tv, unhurried, in control with a big grin on your face!!You obviously enjoyed being there, hope you get another opportunity!!Loved watching you work to produce your dishes!!Hope to see you in the Beach House once this Covid madness is over!!
We've eaten a fair few times at the Beach House, so are aware of Hwyel's fabulous culinary skills but his personality really really shone through too. It's funny how that also makes you decide whether or not you'd like to eat at a chef's establishment. So looking forward to coming back.
Well done Hywel. You did Wales proud. We were going to come to your restaurant for our anniversary in April but couldn’t because of the lockdown. We’ll definitely be paying a visit when we can 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Loved every minute, and yes very generous and humble when tasting everyone else’s , which couldn’t always be said for the others ... I do hope the peacock pie and the golden egg shows their faces at the Beach house 🥰
Well done! Hope some of those dishes will be on the menu when you’re able to reopen the Beach House 😀
Well done Hywel, what a week it’s been! Loved watching you and your food looked stunning. x
I hope we see some of the ideas on the Beach House menu! Can’t wait for you to reopen! Xxx
Huge Congratulations Hywel you were amazing and did yourself proud, Wales and The Beach House well done
Well done Hywel ! You did Wales proud! So close ! 😃X
Only one point. It’s tight at the top. Da iawn Hywel. Fingers crossed for tonight 👍
Nail biting stuff 🤦🏼♀️ ‘come on’ the egg 🙌🏻
Well done Hywel, your Golden Egg should do it, good luck x
Hard lines Hywel You'll have to add your dishes to the menu
As soon as we are out of lockdown I will come to eat your gold egg.
Fab last night. Now bring on the dessert. I want a golden egg
🏴 da iawn Hywsyn x
So were we
O Bois bach heno cer am dano Bob lwc
Soooo close! 🤦 What a professional, well done Hywel. You and your food are coming across as top class, which we, who have been fortunate enough to eat at The Beach House, already knew. Can't wait wait to get back there.
Well done Hywel you've done Wales and yourself proud and not forgetting The Beach House looking forward to dessert
Thought it was the best one there!!Hywel shows his mettle by not stressing on being a little late on service, ensuring his pie was cooked properly before serving it to the judges.He is also very helpful to all the other chefs!!Good luck tonight, hope the Golden Egg is your golden ticket to the banquet!!
Brilliant night so close 🦚 🥧
Well done Hywel. Amazing cooking as usual. You have certainly brought to the attention of the whole UK how excellent is the quality of Welsh chefs and Welsh produce.
Can’t wait to have another fab dining experience @ the BH ! Love the way most chefs help each other out when on a deadline but the judges are so annoying
really thought you deserved to win with your amazing main course 👏👏 you did Wales proud
Hywel was brilliant - unflappable and very honest about his talented rivals. Can’t wait to eat his food again soon!
So close with only one point separating all three chefs! Pob Lwc heno Hywel! 👍🏴
The pie looked amazing! Hope he does it tonight with dessert!
Hoping it makes its way onto the beach house’s menu! Fingers crossed 🤞 x
I would love to see your Great British Menu Main Course ‘King Arthur’s Stone Peacock Pie’ served at the Beach House 😋
Hywel. We will be cheering you on x
Pob lwc Hywel
Pob llwyddiant i ti Hywel x
Fabulous effort and cooking last night. Well done Hywel! One point! 🙈Everything crossed for your golden egg dessert! 🏴🏴🏴
We watched tonight with bated breath Hywel! So proud... one point in it behind a stunning main course in fairness. I have said to Lee throughout... “the Egg will get there... the Egg will do it”. Roll on tomorrow.
What has been great to see as well is what a natural you are on there. Confident in your own talent but so generous with the others... a born TV star
I really think she likes him. She is so funny and Hywel responds well to her 👏👏😂😂
Well done tonight getting closer maybe your pudding will do the trick good luck tomorrow 👍
Brilliant chemistry with those two, really enjoy watching them.
Perfect Gentleman , also calm cool and collect and saved the best for last
I think Susan is a great addition as well. Good luck Hywel
Loved the pirate theme. I'm not sure if Hywel is aware he comes from a line of Welsh sea captains. His Nain and my mum were sisters 🙂
Good luck for tomorrow. You’re making Wales proud x
We are so hoping you get through xx
Aww gutted you come second tonight Hywel well done thou
Hywel will be disappointed to come 3rd in the starters for his Legend of Twrch Trwyth. All his dishes were delicious as we were fortunate enough to test them all, so we are still hopeful that he gets to the banquet with one of his remaining courses.
Only the true king can draw the sword from the stone..prove it tonight!!Good luck!!We are all rooting for you
Keeping everything crossed for tonight.
Da iawn Hywel.pob lwc heno.👏🏴
Pob lwc heno Hywel! 👍🏴🍽️
Cadw ati Hywel
He was unlucky. Any other year he would have come top. The standard was incredibly high last night. Fingers crossed for this evening!
Would love to try that dish. Please put it on the menu when you reopen, it was clearly delicious 😋 the judges loved it.
Hello, are you answering Facebook messages? I’ve tried calling as well with no luck Beach House Restaurant, Oxwich thank you
Doing great work and so cool 😎 Pob lwc Hywel 🤞🏴👏👏👏
Get your pirate vibe on and pressgang the judges into awarding you 1st place(plaice?? cos its fish!!) You deserve it!!A yo ho ho and a bottle of rum might also do the trick!!
Hywel did well onwards and upwards good luck for the rest of the dishes
So close between the top three, I thought...
fingers crossed for tonight.
All the best for tonight!
He was unlucky indeed, but also so fortunate to do so well with the starter dish, at his 1st time of being in the competition, well done Hywel Griffith laaaaa, doing n.wales so proud.
Roll on the pirate ship I say, thats a winner for sure.... and the pudding....
He was unlucky it looked delicious
All the best Hywel.
Good luck 🤞
It was so close between the top three
Da Iawn top 7 in the uk is not bad 😀
He's done do well
High stds great viewing though,looking forward to tasting them soon in oxwich
Huge congratulations to our Head Chef Hywel Griffith who has won the regional week on #greatbritishmenu and will be flying the flag for Wales. We can’t wait to watch him in the finals and compete against some incredible chefs.
Aww that’s amazing! Congratulations Hywel, I’ve enjoyed watching him and the creations he’s made! Hope they will feature at the restaurant?! Can’t wait to make a reservation when the lockdown is over X
Congratulations 🎊 We loved his menu. Soooo looking forward to rebooking our meal cancelled because of lockdown. Let's hope Beach House can open again very soon.
Well done Hywel. Your Nain is proud of you!
Huge Congratulations Hywel so happy for you. Pleased you made the changes absolutely fabulous well done. I'm sure you'll get to the banquet xx
A huge congrats Hywel bach! Llon ei haeddu! 'Yr wŷ aur!!! Well deserved! Amazing! An asset to our little 'Cymru fach'!!! 👏💕
Fantastic! Congratulations! Good luck in the finals. 👏👏👏
Fantastic! Hoping life will be back to normal soon in time for our anniversary! 🤞🏻Please can we have a golden egg when we come?! 😍😍
Well done! You’ve been fantastic this week - tough competition and fierce critics, you thoroughly deserve to be at the banquet
Congratulations a great showcase for Wales 🏴 and @WelshChefs
Congratulations H well done nobody deserves this more than you. Now go win the lot.
Saw the show and thought Hywel was brilliant!!! Well done and good luck.
Absolutely awesome well done to Hywel and the background team.
Congratulations and really well done- good luck for the finals
Congrats Hywel! Well deserved! Any chance you’ll be adding the Golden Egg dessert to your menu at the Beach House?😍
So well deserved. Fantastic result, well done Hywel x
Congratulations to Head Chef Hywel! We rooted for you 🏆
Congratulations Hywel. A really impressive effort tonight. Well done.
Knew you'd do it Hywel! Hope to be back at the Beach House soon 🙂
Fabulous!!!! Congratulations look forward to tasting your culinary delights when beach house opens again!!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🏆🏆🏆🏆.
Well done Hywel I hope you go all the way to the banquet. We cant wait to come back after lockdown
Well done Hywel! So, so pleased and can’t wait to come back to the Beach House !
Well done! So happy you got through. Can’t wait to visit your restaurant x
Congratulations ! Please put The Golden egg on your puds menu !! Been a gripping week x
We have decided that a visit to your restaurant and a mammoth Oxwich and Three Cliffs walk as far as our legs will take us will be our first post lockdown outing and treat, cannot wait!
Wonderful! But not surprised x x x x well done, you have worked so hard x x
Pirate Hywel took over to serve his fish dish ‘Recipes of a Gourmet Pirate’, inspired by Welsh author #ClaireFayers and her book The Accidental Pirates: Voyage to the Magical North #greatbritishmenu... See MoreSee Less
Last restaurant we ate in, for the 4th time, before the lockdown...spoke to Hywel about the show but he gave nothing away, obvs!! will be back next March for another visit 👍
1st meal out after lockdown Dianne Stephenson x
First thing we will do when allowed is to head across Gower to breath out a heavy sigh of relief and breath in those incredible aromas...
In the meantime tonight Lee Evans and I will be riveted to the TV watching Episode 2. Go Hywel you can do this!!
I thought his fish dish was fantastic... I’m so looking forward to going back to the Beach House when all this is lifted... it has to be one of my most favourite restaurants 👍
Well Done - fantastic food! Hope the little illustrated book helped promote each course!
Well done, I never watch cookery programmes but this was well worth watching and can't wait to see the Beach House open again.
Well done Hywel, your starter had me drooling. Can’t wait to taste it 👏👏👍🏼@the Beach House
All looked beautiful, well done. Remember Rodney Bender teaching when I was at art foundation, great to see his work too
Well done! Can’t wait for the next episode!
Hywel your food looked amazing, can't wait for tonight's episode and to visit when things get back to normal xx
Well done Hywel and the other three chefs ....great cooking , hope a dish gets to the banquet
Well done Hywel, can't wait for tonight's dish sending positive good wishes to a brilliant chef.
Congratulations Hywel so pleased you made the changes. Brilliant result so happy for you and I'm sure you'll get to the banquet. Well done indeed Yippee xx
Well done and good luck for the next round. Hoping that Pigs Cheek dish will be on the menu next time we come to the Beach House!
Super dishes! Well done! Gwych! Da iawn wir! Looking forward for more inspiring dishes tomorrow night! 👏👍🤗
Loved your dishes. Def doing Wales proud. Well done.
Was really exciting to watch! Looking forward to tomorrow night's episode!
Watched the episode. Well done Hywel.
We intend booking with you for our 40th anniversary next year.
Pub Lwc i chi. 👍
LLONGYFARCHIADAU! Been waiting for this. Great to see a real Welsh connection to the brief. We've decided a return to a Beach House tasting menu is at the top of our post lockdown list of things to do.
A great dish, good luck xx
Routing for a top guy and a brilliant chef!!! Xx
But that pirate ship! Wow! Good luck H. X
Come on Hywel. Looking calm, confident and in control.
Congratulations Hywel on winning the welsh heat of GBM .Thoroughly deserved .it would be great to have an evening with those dishes. Cant wait for Beach House to open again.
Good luck in the cook off for the final of G BM
I cannot wait! I love the beach house! My brother loves James Sommerins in Penarth. It’s east vs west this week with ex GBM winner James’ daughter cooking as well. I’ve been to both and they are both AMAZING, though beach house pips it for me, I can’t wait to go back, I’ve £100 voucher to use from Christmas x
One of my favourite restaurants....food and service is always awesome
So close last night for main course .really thought you had nailed it .love to have that dish at beach house
One of my most favourite places to eat and what a setting!! Good Luck!
Love watching this programme..good luck xx
Absolutely awesome! Well done!
Good luck Hywel!!
This is on my wish list when this madness is over x
Thanks again for your messages of support and we do hope to see you all soon!
Now, we know some of our regular guests are especially missing Hywel's special laverbread bread so in order to have a bit of Beach House at home, Hywel is sharing his recipe!
Good luck and we look forward to seeing your pictures, x
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recipe: We use 1/2lb tins for the bread here at Beach House but you can use whatever size you prefer. This batch will make approx. 12 mini loafs which are great for dinner parties and are suitable to freeze.
350g Water 1g Dried yeast 275g Extra strong bread flour
Mix all ingredients well, clingfilm bowl and allow to prove overnight, the dough will triple in size and then fall slightly. The mix should be like a thick batter at this stage.
1050g Extra strong flour 24g Salt 5g Dried yeast 271g Ice cold water
Place all ingredients in a bowl with a dough hook, mix on a slow speed for 1 minute, add the starter dough then continue to mix for 30 minutes on a slow speed.
The dough by this stage should be springy, damp to touch but not wet and sticky and have a slight sheen to it. Cover with clingfilm and allow to prove to twice the size in a cool environment (not in the fridge but not some where hot or in direct sunlight).
300g laver bread 250g giant oats Cold water
When the dough has doubled in size, tip out on to a floured bench and knock the dough back.
For the 1/2lb tins take 185g of dough and pin out to 1cm thick. Place a layer of laver bread over the dough and fold over. Brush with the cold water and roll in the giant oats. Place in to the greased tins.
Once all dough is used then clingfilm the tins lightly to allow to prove once again in a cool environment, the dough will prove over double in size.
Bake at 210c for 14 minutes.
Chefs tip - when placing the bread in to bake throw some water into the base of the oven to generate steam, this is what gives the awesome crust to the bread.
If you have frozen the loaves, once defrosted bake for 3-4min in a 160c oven to reheat. ... See MoreSee Less
🤞no 1/2 lb loaf tins. Let’s see what happens tomorrow. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
I am coeliac and often find eating out to be quite a stressful experience, except for when I visit the Beach House. It is by far my favourite restaurant; the staff are knowledgeable, reassuring and the food (especially adapted from the menu to be coeliac-suitable) is out of this world. Last time I came with my family, I was served an amazing homemade gluten free loaf. Could you possibly share the recipe for that? I’ve never had any success making my own!
It is delicious.... happy memories ❤️
Omg omg no I haven’t..now you’ll definitely have to find your flour🤣🤣
Look forward to attempting the recipe... it won’t taste the same without the views. Look forward to be back when this is over. Thank you for sharing!
Great let me just find some lava bread in middle England 🧐. Gutted love this bread! Frantically search for frozen lava bread!!!
The team and regular guests are so looking forward to seeing our Head Chef Hywel Griffith who is appearing on the BBC’s Great British Menu - Wales Heat, to be screened later in April. Perfect viewing for all of us self isolating at home.
For his menu, Hywel has drawn on the regions children’s authors and Welsh folklore for inspiration.