The Seren Collection, a group of hospitality venues in south west Wales which includes The Grove of Narberth boutique hotel, has announced the departure of head chef Will Holland from its popular Coast Restaurant in Saundersfoot.
Holland, who joined the eatery in April 2014 and moved specifically to Pembrokeshire for the role, will leave his position in the autumn.
Owners Neil and Zoe Kedward opened Coast with Holland three years ago and the chef has since helped the restaurant to win numerous accolades including AA ‘Restaurant of the Year in Wales 2015-2016’, 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence, as well as recognition in The Good Food Guide and The Michelin Guide.
Last year he received personal recognition when he was awarded the Craft Guild of Chefs ‘UK Restaurant Chef of the Year 2016’.
Managing director of The Seren Collection, Neil Kedward said: “It has always been a real pleasure working with Will and he has been instrumental in successfully establishing the restaurant we have in Saundersfoot. He will be sorely missed in these parts by his work colleagues, the industry and guests alike. We would like to thank him for his three and a half years with us in Pembrokeshire and sincerely wish him and his family the best of luck in the future.”
Head chef at Coast, Will Holland said: “I’ve enjoyed the last 3 and a half years heading up Coast Restaurant immensely and it was a huge decision for me and my wife to move on. It was a massive challenge setting up the restaurant and starting it from scratch but one I enjoyed every moment of. I’ll take all my experiences with me. I wish everyone involved with Coast Restaurant the very best for the future.”
The Seren Collection has now started a national search for an outstanding head chef to take over the reins at Coast Restaurant in the early autumn.
With further investment planned at the restaurant through the autumn and winter, the new head chef will be given the chance to reinvent the offering and become a partner in its future success.