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New chapter for Foyles of Glasbury

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

Foyles of Glasbury has opened its doors to guests following a significant refurbishment which has involved total renovation of the Grade II listed coaching inn to deliver a high quality accommodation and dining experience in the upper Wye Valley.
Friday 07 August 2015

Taking pride in the literary history of the area, and the nearby town of books, Hay on Wye, Foyles (the former Maesllwch Arms) has been named after the famous chain of bookshops.  The literary theme is carried throughout the establishment with rooms taking the names of fonts, such as Bookman and Matisse and writing memorabilia used as part of the interior design.

Foyles of Glasbury has 12 bedrooms and a 100 cover restaurant which is led by talented Head Chef Gary Wheeler. Gary, who gained a Michelin Star while at the prestigious Lords of the Manor Restaurant Bourton on the Water is excited and enthusiastic about joining a restaurant which has an emphasis on sourcing locally produced food.  

Gary, said:

“Diners are starting to return to a more rustic style of food as opposed to fancy dishes, which is great for me as it’s what I’m all about; so at Foyles I will continue to create great dishes, cooked to perfection, whilst using the best seasonal, local produce available.”

Foyles now employ 29 staff, the majority from the village and surrounding areas.

John Jones, one of the owners at Foyles said:

“The partners simply wanted to save this much loved establishment from extinction, bringing it back to life certainly hasn’t been an easy task and we had to overcome many obstacles to achieve our ambition but we have got here now and I believe we have something we can all be very proud of. We are in fact already seeing benefits for the local community, employing local people, using local products and services, and helping attract visitors to the area and to Wales."

The renovation of the coaching inn has been supported with £150,000 from the Welsh Government through the Tourism Investment Support Scheme.  

The Deputy Minister for Culture Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, said:

“It’s excellent news for the area that this coaching Inn which has been welcoming visitors for centuries has now had a new lease of life and through the vision and hard work of the owners has been refurbished to the high quality which visitors today expect. I wish the team at Foyles well for a successful first season.”

 

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