Coleg Cambria relaunched its training restaurant at Yale as Hafod.

During the exciting relaunch, local employers and VIPs were invited to learn more about the training restaurant and its staff and students, whilst sampling delicious canapes from the autumn menu including Cambria lamb from our Llysfasi site.

Formerly known as Rendezvous –  Hafod is a Welsh word meaning ‘summer dwelling’ and refers to the seasonal cycle of moving livestock and people from a lowland winter pasture at the main residence (hendre) to a higher summer pasture (hafod) from roughly May through October.  Hafod was also the name of a local colliery that was situated in Ruabon and is a name that’s strongly linked to the local history of the area.

Paula Wood, Assistant Principal & Director of Curriculum said:

“We’re seeing exciting developments here at Cambria as we mobilise our college offer to further develop the talent pipeline for North East Wales’ Hospitality and Catering sector.  Developing effective synergy with the UK’s best chefs, local businesses, Cambria Alumni and our highly skilled team provides dynamic, high-quality career connected learning which supports the needs of the local and regional economy.

“We are delighted to share developments at our Hafod launch today, we’ve worked exceptionally hard over recent years to ensure the foundation of this subject area is rooted through excellent learning and teaching.  It’s with great pride that we share these developments today with our partners, all of whom have the very best interests at heart for the next generation of its sector leaders.”

Coleg Cambria Deputy Director, Hospitality & Catering, Andy Woods said:

“Hospitality and Catering is a growth sector and the opening of our new restaurant Hafod offered the College the chance to showcase its facilities and standard of practice.  This was a wonderful opportunity to develop links between education and industry leading professionals. These relationships will help to safeguard our future workforce and ensure that the students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed.

“The College has got two newly renovated restaurants, Y Celstryn in Deeside and Hafod in Wrexham. They are both open to the public and offer students the opportunity to work alongside our fantastic chefs and waiting on team, whilst providing the highest standard of food and service.”

The event was an opportunity to work with partners and showcase what the college has to offer within the industry in North East Wales.

Hafod and Y Celstryn restaurants are open to the public on set days during term time, please visit for details.


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