New operator Scott Roberts plans 90-seat restaurant and community bar at Grade II listed Ty Mawr dating back to 11th century.
Former restaurant manager Scott Roberts has taken on the lease of Ty Mawr, reputedly the oldest pub in Wales and dating from the 11th century.
Scott, originally from Llandudno in North Wales, plans to create a 90-seat restaurant in the historic two-storey building, parts of which date back to 1081, in Gwyddelwern, Corwen, Denbighshire.
Ty Mawr – which sits on the popular holiday route of the A494 between Ruthin and Bala – was let to Scott by the specialist licensed and leisure division of the North West office of real estate advisors Colliers International in Manchester. It is owned by the pension fund of an individual.
The restaurant on the upper floor of the Grade II listed building will serve locally sourced produce prepared by award-winning chefs with a menu based on the seasons such as Mediterranean-based salads and tapas in the summer and hot pots and stews in the winter. Scott’s plans for downstairs are for a community bar with log fire.
During his time in Llandudno, Scott was a retained firefighter and a volunteer for the British Search and Rescue Dogs Team, a charity disaster rescue team in North Wales which involved him flying to disaster areas in Algeria and Iran.
He moved to Tenerife in 2005 and after spells in cocktail and hotel bars joined Venture Restaurants Group owned by Singapore real estate entrepreneur Robert NG, starting as a runner and progressing to being a waiter, assistant manager and then manager in a range of restaurants spanning Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and gourmet British cuisine.
In 2012 he was charged with opening a new restaurant called Infuschia in Puerto Banus, Marbella and returned to the UK in December 2013.
He said: “I returned to the UK in search of a new challenge and my vision of creating a modern gastro pub in a property dating back to the 11th century and literally steeped in history is certainly that. When I became aware of Ty Mawr through Colliers International it was too good a chance to turn down.”
Colin Siebert, director, licensed and leisure at the North West office of Colliers International in Manchester, secured the letting of Ty Mawr and said: “Scott is an experienced and successful operator in the restaurant sector and his ambitious plans will mark yet another chapter in the incredible life of this 1,000 year old building.”