The CELTIC COLLECTION (Celtic Manor Resort) is reaching far and wide across Wales and this April sees a new member joining the ever growing family.

The Tŷ Hotel Magor will provide a significant draw for new tourists to Milford Haven and Pembrokeshire, as part of a major redevelopment of the waterfront. Around 40 permanent jobs have been created in the hotel’s operations with many more supported in the supply chain and additional seasonal roles available.

Tŷ Hotel Magor

The Celtic Collection is a prestigious family of business and leisure destinations. Born from the legacy of the world-renowned Celtic Manor Resort, the group’s flagship destination situated in the beautiful Usk Valley at the gateway to South Wales, the Celtic Collection brings together premium accommodation with exemplary service and world-class facilities. 

You may remember it played host to the 2010 Ryder Cup and the 2014 NATO Summit. The resort has been voted the UK’s Best Hotel at the Meetings & Incentive Travel Awards for nine of the last 10 years.

Celtic Manor Resort

The new property is not only a draw for tourists but also accomplished Welsh hospitality managers who will return home to their native Pembrokeshire to take on the most senior roles in running the new Tŷ Hotel Magor.

Hotel Manager Adrian Andrews and Executive Head Chef Simon Crockford have both forged successful careers away from West Wales and are delighted to be returning to their roots for the exciting new challenge.

Executive Head Chef Simon Crockford (left) and Adrian Andrews are relishing the challenge of opening and running the new Tŷ Hotel Milford Waterfront

Opening in April, the development will be one of Pembrokeshire’s largest hotels with 100 bedrooms and an attractive restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Milford Marina.

Mr Andrews worked in a number of private hotels in his home town of Tenby before spreading his wings to become a multi-site manager for Premier Inn in Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff.

Adrian told us……

“I’ve always kept my family base in Pembrokeshire but I am really excited to be coming back home to work and to be opening this fantastic new hotel. I’ve caught up with a lot of old friends already as we make all the preparations to open, and it’s been great to see the positive local reaction and the interest in seeing the hotel take shape.

“We’ve worked with a number of community venues to hold recruitment days and we’ve had an amazing response from people wanting to work with us, meaning almost all of the positions we need for opening have been filled. We can’t wait to welcome the first guests and I’m excited about what the hotel will bring to this area, for the community and for business.”

Owned by the Port of Milford Haven, the hotel will be operated by The Celtic Collection team. 

Simon Crockford has spent the last 15 years with the company, cooking for famous faces like US President Barack Obama at the 2014 NATO Summit and Tiger Woods at the 2010 Ryder Cup. Like Mr Andrews, he was born and bred in Tenby where he started his culinary career before moving to five-star hotels in Cardiff and then Newport.

Wales National Chef of the Year in 2017, he has helped devise several dining concepts for the expanding Celtic Collection but he has never felt more passionately about a project than opening the restaurant at Tŷ Hotel Milford Waterfront.

Simon told us…..

“I’ve been lucky enough to work on a number of amazing events and new venues at Celtic Manor. To now be given this opportunity to open a hotel restaurant 15 minutes from where I grew up, is an absolute dream come true. I think they may have taken the hint from all the Pembrokeshire produce I have always tried to get on the menus over the years!

“I’ve always championed the great food to be found in Pembrokeshire – from both the land and the sea – and I’m really enjoying getting out and meeting the farmers and the fishermen who will be supplying the restaurant. Trying to condense all the fabulous produce into one menu has probably been my biggest challenge.”

SOUTH WALES LIFE will bring you a preview of the hotel as we get to see what lies inside on the 1st March. In the meantime, if you’d like to find out more, go HERE.