Celebrity chef, Bryn Williams, is to open his first restaurant outside of London after he confirmed he would be the anchor tenant of a new £4m landmark building in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.
Williams, who owns Odette’s in Primrose Hill, and is a regular on shows such as Saturday Kitchen, is to open a bistro in Porth Eirias, the focal point of a £10m development of Colwyn Bay’s waterfront.
Bryn, who hails from nearby Denbigh, took over Odette’s in 2008 and has for years, expressed a desire to bring his culinary talents to his native North Wales.
The move will see locals and visitors alike benefitting from gastronomic experiences, while Bryn can avail of Wales’ rich food offering.
Conwy County Borough Council leader, Dilwyn Roberts said: “Conwy County Borough Council is delighted that this facility has attracted such a well-respected, high profile restaurateur and having the commitment of a renowned national chef is a real boost for regeneration in Colwyn Bay and Conwy.”
The Welsh First Minister also welcomed the move and said it signified a change in the times, reversing the 1960’s trend to move away from the shore, and instead creating more of a pull than ever for people to return to the seaside.
Porth Eirias is part of a major regeneration project for Colwyn Bay, which has delivered a range of projects, totalling an investment of £52m.
The resort’s famous waterfront, and the sea defences which protect it, benefitted from improvements to protect the town from coastal erosion. As part of this, £6m was spent on importing half a million tonnes of sand, pumped onto the Colwyn Bay coastline to create the dry family beach.
A further £3.7m was invested in Porth Eirias, which aside from being home to Bryn’s bistro will also contain a new watersports centre, offering tuition in sailing, windsurfing and power boating as well as kayak and canoe hire.