The chef behind Wales' most decorated restaurant is to open a new location in Machynlleth which is expected to arrive in March.

Welsh chef Gareth Ward, the man behind Wales' only double Michelin-starred restaurant Ynyshir, plans to open a wine bar and restaurant in Machynlleth town centre, expanding his business after being at his current restaurant since 2013.

As work continues to renovate and refurbish the building for the new restaurant, management have said that they hope the new establishment will be running in some capacity by mid-March, 2023.

Creative director Amelia Eiriksson said: “We don’t have an exact date in mind for the opening just yet, but at a rough guess we are aiming to have the wine bar up and running sometime in March and for the restaurant itself to follow soon after in April.


“We are trying bring something to Machynlleth that can be an alternative to what’s already there. The town has a few pubs and cafes but nothing to bridge the gap.

“By having a chilled, relaxed environment where people can enjoy a glass of wine, as well as the fine dining experience, we like to think we’re offering options to people.

“We are also hoping that the people in question are a real mix, as the establishment has been designed with local people in mind as well as visitors and tourists.

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“It’s important to us that we employ locally and give back to the community that this retsuraunt will be a part of. Just in putting the restaurant and wine bar together, we’ve used the services of a local blacksmith and all the wood for the construction has been sourced from just 12 miles away.

“We want to compliment and add to the existing properties on Machynlleth high street. All these shops and businesses enhance one another, so we’re very keen to fit alongside them.”

Ynyshir has received two Michelin stars, as well as a number of other accolades and awards such as five AA Rosettes and was named the best restaurant in Wales according to the 2021 National Restaurant Awards.

Amelia added: “We don’t do anything by halves, and we want this Machynlleth location to be the same. Everything is about creating an experience that feels authentic and special, both for visitors and locals.”