Bryn Williams trained in three of London’s most challenging kitchens, gaining a solid classical education as he worked. At his neighbourhood restaurant, he offers highly accomplished dishes showcasing the very best produce that Wales has to offer.
Originally from Denbighshire in North Wales, Bryn comes from a farming background, where fishing and hunting formed the foundation of an appreciation of good food, prepared from quality ingredients.
What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness is everything in moderation – it’s eating sensibly, exercising regularly and having a healthy outlook on life.
What are your top three healthy ingredients?
Rapeseed oil (a good British one) for cooking and drizzling on salads. Root vegetables are great at this time of year; my favourite is swede. And I always keep some chickpeas in the cupboard for chillies and curries.
What’s your biggest foodie vice?
Pickled onion Monster Munch crisps. For me, they’re very nostalgic.
What’s the most stressful part about being a Chef Patron?
Customers not turning up on time and no-shows. It has such a knock-on effect – from the food we’ve ordered in to the stress of having empty tables.
And what do you love most about it?
I love working alongside great staff and meeting our customers. I always try to walk through the dining room twice during both lunch and dinner.
What’s your favourite way to exercise?
I’ve been playing squash with my mate for 15 years – it’s great for getting your heart rate up. I also love going swimming.
How do you like to relax?
By taking the dog for a walk in the park. Even when it’s cold, I like to wrap up warm and get out there.
Where do you feel most at home?
Any kitchen – in a home or restaurant. People always gravitate to the kitchen at parties as well, don’t they?
What is your favourite Welsh word?
‘Hiraeth’. It doesn’t have a direct translation in English, but it roughly means homesickness and it’s used when you’re yearning for or missing something – as in: “I’m ‘hiraeth’ for home.” I love the way it sounds.
What are your greatest loves?
My wife and my 1967 Mini Cooper S – it’s my absolute pride and joy!
What’s your New Year’s resolution?
I want to try to be more organised and forward- thinking this year. I hope it’ll help to keep my stress levels down and will mean I can prep more easily in advance for things like eating healthier and fitting more exercise in.
When do you feel happiest?
I love going to the football and especially watching Wales play. There’s something about losing myself in the songs of the crowd and feeling part of a tribe. There’s definitely a lot to be said for feeling part of something.