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A new era for Coast

After four eventful years here with us at Coast, our wonderful Head Chef Fred Clapperton leaves us in late spring to return to Nottinghamshire to be closer to his family.

Fred will be missed immensely, and while we’re all sad to have to say goodbye to him, we’re incredibly thankful for all he has done since joining the team in March 2020.

We’re really excited to share more about the dynamic new team that will lead this new era for Coast.

Hywel Griffith, Chef Director from our sister restaurant, Michelin-starred Beach House, in Oxwich will now also lead Coast, which will be under the stewardship of new Head Chef, Gerwyn Jones.

​Fred’s spring menu will be served until Saturday 1st June, with Hywel and and Gerwyn launching their new offering from Friday 7th June.

Chef Director

Hywel Griffith

Hywel Griffith is now expanding his role at our sister restaurant Beach House, Oxwich, to take on the leadership role of Coast.

Hywel, who hails from Bethesda, in North Wales, opened Beach House in June 2016 and through his leadership has taken the restaurant from strength to strength, building a reputation for modern classic cooking that’s skilful, sophisticated and full of flavour.

Beach House has won many awards for the quality of the food, but it’s the coveted Michelin star, won in 2020, that’s most notably recognised Hywel’s natural ability as a chef.

Hywel has made many TV and radio appearances and regularly showcases his cooking at live events, including the nationwide Foodies Festival. He has twice won the Welsh regional heats in BBC1s Great British Menu, in 2020 and 2021.

 

Head Chef

Gerwyn Jones

Gerwyn Jones, fondly known as ‘Gez,’ joins the Coast team from another sister business, Grove of Narberth hotel, here in Pembrokeshire.

Gerwyn joined Grove Executive Chef Douglas Balish in the kitchen in 2018 as Sous Chef, and was promoted to Head Chef in 2021.Alongside Douglas, Gerwyn oversaw all of the food offerings at Grove’s two restaurants, including the award-winning 4 AA Rosette restaurant Fernery.

Prior to this, Gerwyn worked in many first-class establishments across the land and gained a wealth of experience in senior positions for some of the most exciting chefs in the industry, most notably with the extraordinary Gareth Ward at Michelin starred Ynyshir, near Machynlleth.

Gerwyn passion for the provenance of food and local ingredients is the perfect match for Hywel, bringing the natural, thriving, warm ethos of Coast to life.

When he’s not in the kitchen, Gerwyn will be out in his kayak, exploring the fabulous Welsh coastline around Pembrokeshire and the Gower Peninsular.

A match made in Wales

Hywel and Gerwyn may have both have strong, traditional Welsh names, but there’s nothing old fashioned about their approach to good food and hospitality.

Think local ingredients, bursting with flavour, simply prepared and served with a warm smile.

We’re unlocking the ‘hwyl’ here at Coast, so join us for a memorable, exciting dining experience, and enjoy inspiring Welsh flavour from land and sea.