When the Timpson group bought what was the Maelog Lake Hotel in 2009, they intended to use the building as an additional holiday home for their colleagues to have a break from working in one of our 950 shops across the UK and Ireland. Like all good plans, things can change! Following a visit to ‘Fifteen’, thier chief executive, James decided that this site would make an ideal location for a chef academy, helping local young people fulfil their dreams. So, The Oyster Catcher, a restaurant, chef’s academy and social enterprise was born.
Timpson engaged Huf Haus, a German company famous for glass fronted, environmentally friendly properties to work in partnership with them to create a building fit for its stunning location. The glass structure has several energy efficient features, including a series of bore holes with a ground source pump to provide our hot water and heating and clever computers that keep energy use to a minimum. They display art from the Koestler trust to encourage and support prisoners and help to change lives.
In 2011, they recruited the first group of 16 cadets, who spent their first year learning foundation catering skills at Coleg Menai. The Timpson Foundation was also on hand during the cadet’s time in College to provide mentoring, financial assistance and specialist advice to assist the cadets with their own particular issues and difficulties. Nine cadets completed the course and were taken on full time at The Oyster Catcher where they continued their training for another 12 months. Following this, they graduated and went one to gain roles in a variety of restaurants including Jamies Italian, ABode and The Fat Duck.
Whether you want fabulous food or to grab a drink in Will’s Bar….this place has such a lot to offer.