16 Hospitality Acquires Two Prime Coastal Sites in Anglesey, Wales

16 Hospitality, the pub, bar, hotel and restaurant business run by Edward Barlow, has announced the acquisition of two prime coastal sites in Anglesey.

The White Eagle in Rhoscolyn and The Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr will be joining 16 Hospitality’s renowned Cheshire sites, The Swan in Tarporley and The Crown at Goostrey, to create the first stage of this up and coming company’s growth strategy.

The company’s aim is to become one of the leading independent hospitality operations in North Wales and the North West of England.

Previously owned by the eponymous Timpson family, The White Eagle and Oyster Catcher are two vibrant operations located on the island of Anglesey, North Wales. Under Timpson’s stewardship both sites have built a fantastic reputation and enviable loyal following to become high profile, destination venues.

The Oyster Catcher is the base for the innovative Timpson's Chef Academy, responsible for launching the careers of many young hospitality students in Anglesey.

As part of the transaction the Timpson family have taken part ownership of 16 Hospitality.

Edward Barlow, Managing Director of 16 Hospitality explains his vision for the company:

“Due to the many successes we have achieved in Cheshire, we are looking forward to an exciting expansion of our hospitality offer across the North West of England and Wales.

“The vision that underpins all our operations is that each customer is delighted by every aspect of their visit. Quality service and food are equally as important to us as a great pint and a perfect log fire and the sites we open over the next few years will be places where the experience is key – whether it’s a predominantly wet-led pub, gourmet restaurant or family hotel, we want to create magic moments for our customers.

“Former executive chef, Matthew Parker, has been appointed Operations Manager and Catherine Ling will be joining the company and assisting in staff training and development. Catherine has a background in Human Resources and also within the hospitality sector, working in the UK, Chicago and Melbourne, Australia.

Since acquiring their third and fourth sites this month, the team at 16 Hospitality has grown to 160. With a pipeline of potential acquisitions in the North West of England and Wales already pinpointed and supportive owners, 16 Hospitality is feeling positive about their plans for significant growth. The company is interested in securing a range of hospitality businesses in the area.

As Edward continues

“Thanks to a record summer of sales, and well-supported beer festivals, our third quarter figures are really encouraging. We have a great food offer and we’ve really embraced the experience and expertise of our Operations Manager, Matt Parker and his team of principally home-grown talent, who share our belief that it’s about consistently delivering good quality produce and simple dishes done well.

“Matthew Parker, along with Catherine Ling, will be instrumental in creating a vibrant pool of quality hoteliers, publicans, chefs, restaurateurs, housekeepers, bar and waiting staff that will all reflect our ethos of improving our offering every day.

“Part of our commitment to our vision will be to expand our training programme to include a bespoke Hospitality apprenticeship that will exceed the boundaries of normal qualifications and experiences on offer. Our students, recruited for personality and flair, will be able to learn from the very best, whilst accruing important sector experiences and skills including wine-tasting and sea-fishing trips, coffee buying and pouring lessons for those all-important perfect lattes and cappuccinos, to selecting, shucking and serving the perfect oyster.”

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Our hospitality training programme is open to all ages, whether 18 or 65, all year round. The only requirements are that applicants hold no previous experience and have a strong work ethic.

As well as gaining formal qualifications accredited by City & Guilds, ‘rookies’ will experience what it means to work in the day-to-day operation of hospitality venues, as well as have the unique opportunity to experience exciting and informative external trips with a range of established hospitality partners.

“What we want to offer at The Hub is not only a practical training programme but life-changing experiences, beginning with being handed an alarm clock to help with those early mornings and a ‘rookie’ badge. Those who succeed will not only receive graduation honours, they will receive a job guarantee at either one of our venues or one of our carefully selected partners.” 

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