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New Restaurant & Bar Opening Provides Homecoming for Talented Team
As one of the most eagerly anticipated new venues to come to Llangollen in years, The Three Eagles is set to throw open its doors for business next week.
An overwhelming response has already been seen, with reservations already flooding in as excited guests rush to be among the first to sample the delicious food and cocktails.
Located on Bridge Street in a historic Grade II-listed former coaching-inn, The Three Eagles has been a work in progress over recent months with the building having been subject to extensive renovation works. But it is not just the ancient stone and mortar that have been under construction lately…
As the Three Eagles’ home nears completion, an impressively-talented, award-winning management team have been strategically assembled. Their mission…to provide guests with an unforgettable dining and social experience that is unique to Llangollen.
The majority of this new team originates in the local area, with almost all having attended Ysgol Dinas Bran in their formative years. Until now many had spent years plying their trade away from the town – some even internationally. But news of The Three Eagles spread quickly and the attraction of becoming a part of such a prestigious Welsh project proved too much to resist and has brought the team members back to their roots.
Heading up The Three Eagles team is General Manager, Amy Cross. A local farmer’s daughter, Amy has worked in the hospitality industry since her University days in Liverpool. Having worked her way around the beautiful mountains, lakes and coastline of Wales, she brings over fifteen years of award-winning experience to the table. Amy spent the last three years in Ireland, leading an award-winning restaurant through its launch in the capital, Dublin.
With significant experience in this field, Amy has a track-record of launching a number of new fine dining restaurants, achieving recognition in the Michelin Guide having fronted a restaurant by 2-Michelin-Star chef, Michael Caines MBE.
“It’s such an exciting time not just for the Three Eagles but for Llangollen and North Wales tourism as a whole. The Three Eagles will provide Llangollen with such an important boost for the local economy and it is a real privilege to be part of this journey from the very beginning”, says Amy.
“With the venue’s inception, some excellent career opportunities have been created. It’s the vision and commitment to a better Wales that the Three Eagles represents that has drawn these high flyers home, resulting in the creation of a first-class team. What we’re hoping will be key to our future success is the continued development of our staff.”
Amy joins experienced international chefs, Adam Gaunt-Evans and Oliver Potter at the Three Eagles with the trio working together on the blueprints for the delivery of an extra special dining experience. They are supported by a fantastic set of individuals who all bring their own talent and experience back to Llangollen.
Assistant Managers, Nicole Farrell and Kim Watson also come with their own proven expertise. Nicole has been a major driving force behind the continued success of the exclusive Llangollen wedding venue, Tyn Dwr Hall whilst Kim has previously been working in a managerial position for a nationally-recognised gastro pub/restaurant chain. Their “foreign” friend and fellow Assistant Manager, Harry Hickson, from over the border compliments the team bringing years of managerial experience and has travelled the globe as far as Australia building on his wine knowledge.
For the Three Eagles owners Matt and Vicky Jones, the concept of the venue has always been about showcasing the very best elements of Llangollen and the surrounding region. The recruitment of a team who have all emerged from the town only strengthens this ambition.
Matt said, “When we set out in the beginning, it was very important to us that we created opportunities here in Llangollen – first and foremost for Llangollen people. And that is exactly what the Three Eagles has done. The team have come home to take on this exciting project with us and I think that should give some indication as to just how impressive the Three Eagles is going to be.”
New Restaurant/Bar Unveil Their Executive Chef
With the recent announcement that The Three Eagles – Restaurant and Bar, will debut in Llangollen later this year, the venue has even more thrilling news…
In what is described as a real coup for the venue and indeed Llangollen itself, international executive Chef, Adam Gaunt-Evans, will bring his culinary talents to the town.
Returning to his hometown of Llangollen, Adam has over twenty years of culinary experience, having cooked in some of the world’s most exclusive venues spanning over three continents and seven countries.
The Three Eagles owner, Matt Jones believes that the announcement of such a renowned and experienced chef puts a real marker down for the quality of food to be expected when the venue opens later this year.
“To be able to announce Adam as our executive Chef makes me extremely excited”, said Matt. “His skills coupled with the experience he brings with him from his time in top class kitchens around the world makes him an ideal acquisition for what we are looking to achieve at The Three Eagles.”
Since finding his love for cooking at the age of fourteen, Adam went on to train at London’s five-star Dorchester Hotel and continued on to the Michelin starred Green House in Mayfair as well as working alongside the acclaimed Chef Bjorn Van der Horst.
Adam continued his success operating top restaurant kitchens across a host of exotic countries and in his first international role, worked as a senior chef at the Burj al Arab – the iconic Dubai landmark regarded as the worlds first seven-star hotel. Hungry to experience new cultures and cuisine, his skills took him on further to luxury resorts in the Maldives, Thailand and Australia where he worked in a seafood restaurant headed by celebrity Chef Peter Kuruvita.
Adam now joins The Three Eagles following his latest overseas venture which saw him head-hunted for the role of Executive Chef at Sri-Lanka’s 5-star Galle Face Hotel. Here, he oversaw the successful re-opening of the hotel’s group of six restaurants following a thirty-million dollar restoration and refurbishment.
Returning to Wales, Adam insists that The Three Eagles will be the ideal venue for guests to experience menus that will reflect the rich cultural diversity of Llangollen, home to the world’s first international Eisteddfod.
“The Three Eagles is going to offer a new dining experience to the town and surrounding areas,” said Adam. “I am working closely with owners Matt and Vicky and operations director Tracey to create exciting menus ranging from leisurely brunches and the perfect traditional Sunday Lunch, to a full evening a la carte experience. Our sophisticated bar will provide an exciting venue to enjoy perfectly mixed drinks with convivial sharing dishes”
Even after spending much of the previous two decades abroad, being local to Llangollen, Adam knows only too well that the produce available to him in his hometown is some of the best.
“Wherever I have been in the world, Llangollen has always been my home. North Wales has some of the best natural produce available and I’m very excited to be working again with Welsh suppliers, farmers and producers, championing seasonal produce and really showcasing the quality of our region”
The Three Eagles is set to include a high-quality cocktail bar with a restaurant featuring signature dishes such as seared native scallop with curried pumpkin, parmesan and vanilla butter, as well as Sticky Welsh beef short rib in stout with champ potatoes, charred leeks & crispy garlic. The venue promises to convey a new and exciting feel to Llangollen’s social scene whilst offering some fantastic new employment opportunities.
“We have already begun recruiting a very strong senior team,” revealed Adam. “But we look forward to welcoming applications as we create new opportunities for local people aspiring to work in the hospitality industry. There has never been a better time to join; our internal training program and future expansion will provide exciting opportunities for our employees.”
The Three Eagles is the latest venture by Llangollen-based entrepreneur-couple, Matt and Vicky Jones, and is set to be the first feature under the One Hundred knights hospitality brand, whose mission is to redefine travel experiences and dining out trends within the region, with an exciting collection of restaurants, bars and leisure venues.
New Bar Restaurant The Three Eagles Set to Become One of the Region’s Premier Establishments
A new bar and restaurant is set to open in one of the oldest public houses in the heart of Llangollen later this year.
Located on Bridge Street, the Wynnstay Arms building has been standing empty for over twelve months. Now this historic building is set to be transformed into a sophisticated new venue The Three Eagles, following its recent purchase by Llangollen entrepreneur-couple Matt and Vicky Jones.
Already owners of Knights Construction Group and Llangollen’s prestigious wedding venue Tyn Dwr Hall, the couple have joined forces with Matt’s sister, Tracey Owen for this latest venture, that also marks the launch of a new bar restaurant operator, One Hundred Knights.
The Three Eagles promises to inject new life into the early 18th century listed building and create an aspirational high-end restaurant, bar and cocktail bar over three floors. This will be complemented with a stunning courtyard area for al fresco dining, with the opportunity for ‘live’ acoustic sets.
Matt and Vicky were behind the extensive refurbishment and re-development of Tyn Dwr Hall, turning it into one of the UKs most exclusive wedding venues, as well as creating 45 jobs and boosting the local economy through increased visitor numbers to the area.
The couple’s latest business venture looks set to inject new life into the street after the property was left to fall into disrepair. Several new full-time jobs will also be generated, boosting their ambition to create a ‘hospitality hub’ in Llangollen which will train and attract talented people looking to embark on a career in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Matt said: “Vicky and I are delighted to have purchased this iconic, Grade II-listed building and we are looking forward to transforming it into a destination venue that will attract guests from right across the region.”
“I grew up in the Llangollen area and live here today so I’m really focused on getting this project underway. I’m hugely proud of this town but I believe The Three Eagles will introduce something genuinely new and exciting. Something people will be eager to come and sample. Our objective is to provide guests with a lasting impression of quality from the entire experience that will be The Three Eagles.”
“The venue will very much be a lively and vibrant place to dine and meet up with friends. This is a very important project for us and we are eager to complete its’ transformation and turn it into one of the premier venues in the region, and a significant and valuable addition to Llangollen”.
Tracey believes that the business will provide Llangollen with a boost. She said: “Our impressive food and beverage menu will sit alongside our talented and knowledgeable team, whose passion for providing top level customer service will ensure their guests’ visit to The Three Eagles is an altogether memorable one.
“We believe the hospitality industry is vital to the future economic development of Llangollen and we wholeheartedly embrace the opportunities we can offer to those wishing to aspire to a career with us here at The Three Eagles”.