Premier Park caravan park restaurant wins Best of North Wales award
Nineteen.57 Restaurant and Bar, based at Islawrffordd Caravan Park, Talybont, near Barmouth, has been named Best of North Wales in the Restaurant Awards 2019 - Welsh Edition.
Members of the team collected the award at a ceremony held at The Exchange Hotel, Cardiff. Chef Sion Wellings, who took over the lease of the restaurant with his mother, Iola, confessed to being surprised when he was told the restaurant was one of 10 in North Wales shortlisted for the award.
“Someone had nominated us for the award which came as a big shock to be honest,” he said. “We haven’t tended to enter awards or to seek recognition with stars. We have just focused on serving good quality food. It’s the first award we have won and we were not expecting it. I am due to leave in January to concentrate on working on my house, so it’s nice to finish on a high.”
Sion and Iola have run the restaurant for five years and he was previously sous chef at Portmeirion for eight years. The restaurant has held successful themed evenings, charity events, parties, weddings, afternoon teas for baby showers and numerous black-tie dinners over the past five years.
In a joint statement, the directors of Islawrffordd Caravan Park, Gwynfor, Dylan and Geraint Evans and John Billingham, congratulated Sion and Iola for their award success. “We would like to thank them for achieving everything we hoped our £750,000 investment in the restaurant and bar would bring,” they said.
Located on the Cambrian Coast, Islawrffordd Caravan Park has 201 holiday homes, 75 fully serviced, hardstanding touring caravan/motorhome plots and luxury facilities, including a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. The park was named Best Campsite in Wales by the AA in 2012 and was a finalist at the inaugural Mid Wales Tourism Awards in October. The site is one of 100 high-quality Premier Parks that have been inspected and rated by the editorial teams behind MMM and Caravan magazines.