After a career in Michelin kitchens and luxury hotels, Adam Gaunt-Evans has returned to his home town to head up The Three Eagles in Llangollen
“Both my grandmothers were good cooks, and all the women in my family cook really well,” says Adam Gaunt-Evans, chef at The Three Eagles restaurant and bar in Llangollen. “Food has always been important but I suppose it was during my apprenticeship that I really began to fall in love with cooking as an art.”
Llangollen is a familiar town for Adam who was born and raised there, before leaving for London as a teenager. “I had a lovely childhood, growing up immersed in nature,” the chef tells us.
“As a teenager though, I was desperate to see the world, so after my apprenticeship in Wales I moved to London when I was 19 to work at The Dorchester hotel.”
Adam embarked on his apprenticeship at the age of 16 as soon as he left school, and his mother was adamant that if his academic education wasn’t to continue any further, then his culinary one would be as good as it could be.
“She said it was important I train in the best possible place, and I was lucky to have an amazing country house hotel nearby with a great chef, Dai Davies,” the foodie explains.
“I started working 60 plus hours, moved out of home and loved every minute. Now, nurturing young local talent is a big part of what we do at The Three Eagles. “After my apprenticeship, I was a commis chef at The Dorchester, followed by working at the Michelin-starred Green House in Mayfair as a chef de partie,” Adam continues.
“At 22 I had my first opportunity to work overseas at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai – named the world’s fi rst seven-star hotel – which was a life-changing experience. I then headed up kitchens in Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Sydney.” It was in Llangollen though, that the foodie seed was sown, and Adam often thinks back to the family dinner table and how it has infl uenced his cooking style.
“I’ve always enjoyed simple family dinners, a pot in the middle of the table for everyone to enjoy together. Meals like this are made with love, which can be hard to fi nd when eating out, especially in today’s corporate world, but this is a value we will very much carry at The Three Eagles.”
With his experience overseas, Adam’s food has some innovative flavours in the mix. “Working in di erent cultures has had the biggest impact on my cooking style, and I’ve been lucky to work with amazing chefs,” he says.
“I’ve also always tried to form my own natural identity, which has developed over the years, and I’m now totally confident with my style of food, based on solid techniques, seasonal, regional produce and eclectic influences.”
Owned and managed by a Llangollen family who already had a successful wedding venue under their belts, The Three Eagles was an appealing option for Adam, and his menu is proving a hit.
“At lunch we o er simple brunch-style dishes in a relaxing environment, and we serve the ultimate Sunday lunch with perfect roasts and family-style service. Our courtyard and bar provide a casual place to enjoy a craft ale and some simple Welsh cheeses and charcuterie, and our cocktail and gin bar serves perfectly mixed drinks with small plates and convivial sharing dishes,” he says.
“Our seasonal à la carte menu showcases the best fresh produce our region has to offer with modern cooking techniques and some interesting twists, making The Three Eagles an excellent place to come for a special occasion and a unique dining experience.”
For Adam though, The Three Eagles represents more than just a great venue – it was his ticket home. “Llangollen is simply the nicest place I’ve lived – there is no place like home! In opening The Three Eagles we have created an environment where our team live and breathe what we do and work each day with passion to deliver the best experience. We cook delicious, healthy sta meals every day and sit down together to eat like a family. By taking care of each other we built a strong culture of looking after our guests.”
• The Three Eagles, Bridge Street, Llangollen LL20 8PF. www.thethreeeagles.co.uk
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