“It will be the same kind of concept as Ynyshir but more for the locals.”

Alex South

Alex South


Gwen marks the second venture from Gareth Ward following on from his two Michelin-starred Ynyshir restaurant.

The new restaurant located in the old premises as the former Number Twenty One in Machynlleth, just six miles from Ynyshir, will offer a ten course taster menu and double up as coffee shop and wine bar during the day.

Catering for just 8 covers, the focus of Gwen for Gareth and his team is to create an experience that’s in line with the surrounding neighbourhood.

Commenting on that the Big Hospitality Expo, Gareth said: “It will be the same kind of concept as Ynyshir but more for the locals.”

He added: “I’ve always loved the restaurant [Number Twenty One] so when the owner offered us the chance to take it on I jumped at it.”


Gwen, named after Gareth’s mother, will be run by Ynyshir’s incumbent Head Chef Corrin Harrison who’s been itching to take his already outstanding career to the next level.

The menu will be planned and designed by Gareth and Corrin using all the same natural ingredients that are used at Ynyshir but used in different ways.

Both chefs see Gwen as a new offering to have a bit of fun with whilst still producing the quality dishes that can be experienced at Ynyshir.

The new venture will have a wine bar at the front, run as a casual wine and coffee shop in the day, and a wine bar in the evening.

Guests can expect meat and cheese boards, paninis and soups, croissants and great bread.

The focus for Gwen’s wine list will be based around sustainably sourced, natural, low intervention wines collated by the team at Ynyshir.

In these challenging times…

The Staff Canteen team are taking a different approach to keeping our website independent and delivering content free from commercial influence. Our Editorial team have a critical role to play in informing and supporting our audience in a balanced way. We would never put up a paywall and restrict access – The Staff Canteen is open to all and we want to keep bringing you the content you want; more from younger chefs, more on mental health, more tips and industry knowledge, more recipes and more videos. We need your support right now, more than ever, to keep The Staff Canteen active. Without your financial contributions this would not be possible.

Over the last 12 years, The Staff Canteen has built what has become the go-to platform for chefs and hospitality professionals. As members and visitors, your daily support has made The Staff Canteen what it is today. Our features and videos from the world’s biggest name chefs are something we are proud of. We have over 500,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social channels, each connecting with chefs across the world. Our editorial and social media team are creating and delivering engaging content every day, to support you and the whole sector - we want to do more for you.

A single coffee is more than £2, a beer is £4.50 and a large glass of wine can be £6 or more.

Support The Staff Canteen from as little as £1 today. Thank you.

Alex South

Alex South

Editor 4th October 2022

“It will be the same kind of concept as Ynyshir but more for the locals.”