A new gourmet burger restaurant has opened its doors and the team behind it really know their stuff.
And so they should – the owners all come from farming backgrounds and are passionate about showing off the best produce Wales has to offer.
Byrgyr is the first specialist burger bar in Aberystwyth , according to the team, and not only do they focus on using Welsh produce but there’s a heavy focus on the Welsh language too.
The owners are all the sons of farmers from the area.
“We’re not all working at home on the farm, we’ve all got other businesses and other interests,” said Aled Rees, who runs the Byrgyr with Aled Davies, Dafydd Alun Jones, Wyn Morris and Llion Pughe.
“But we’ve all got farming backgrounds – we were all brought up on farms.
“There’s a project called Agrisgôp – there was a £1000 grant to get people developing businesses together.
“We were given a grant of £1000 to look into the possibility of developing something.”
Agrisgôp is a management development programme set up by Farming Connect with funding from the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
The group, who all knew each other through mutual friends, came up with various business ideas before eventually settling on the burger restaurant.
“We’ve spoken about everything from making ice cream to growing tea,” Aled said with a laugh.
The owners brought in a consultant, Jo Williams – who has vast hospitality trade experience, to help get them started.
And the five men, aged between 35 and 44, combined their backgrounds in farming and their passion for Wales, to launch the new Welsh-inspired burger joint.
The menus are in both Welsh and English and everything posted from the their social media accounts is dual language too.
The Welsh language is an important part of the business.
In an attempt to encourage Welsh learners, staff speak both Welsh and English, while the restaurant plans to hold events such as informal Welsh-speaking coffee mornings.
Aled added that the business was keen to encourage Welsh speaking but also to help learners develop their knowledge of the language.
He said: “What’s different is we’re encouraging the Welsh side. We’ve gone down the line of employing Welsh-speaking staff, but we’re also employing learners.
“It’s quite a nice angle for encouraging people who want to improve their language. So we’re going to have, once a week, a coffee with a Welsh chat so people can improve the language.”
On the menu, you’ll find burgers such as Môr a Mynydd (a surf and turf burger made with beef and prawns) along with pork, chicken and lamb-based burgers.
There are also vegan and vegetarian options.
Byrgyr’s Facebook page .
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