If you’d like to put a name to a face, allow us to introduce you to the crew…

Patryk

Landlord

Patryk has lived and breathed hospitality all his life and has a passion for making others happy, along with all things wine, beer, making cocktails (of which he has a fountain of knowledge in all) and a ‘forever passion for good food”. In Patryk’s own words, “I love creating a welcoming atmosphere, where customers enjoy themselves and leave the pub feeling happy – that is my priority”. Just want you want in a Landlord! 

In his time off Patryk loves to go for long hikes with his dog Biscuit and being fan of sustainable living loves to forage around the countryside. He’d never say no to a good book and a glass of well- aged Bourgogne.

Jarone - Deputy General Manager at The Cross Keys, Llanfynydd

Jarone

Deputy General Manager

With 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jarone has honed his skills in prestigious 4* and 5* Hotels across the country, from the bustling streets of London , Liverpool and Chester to the serene landscapes of Snowdonia.

As head of Operations for the Hilton hotel group for the past 6 years, he brings a wealth of knowledge in delivering operational excellence, with a particular expertise in Food & Beverage, having crafted extensive menus for his previous Hilton establishments.

But Jarone’s talents extend far beyond crafting menus – he’s all about top-notch customer service and ensuring guest satisfaction. With a passion for creating memorable experiences, he’s dedicated to making every visit to our pub unforgettable.

Outside of work, he loves to spend time with his son and partner and youll often find him coaching youth football teams in Flintshire and North Wales leagues.

Dreaming big, Jarone’s ultimate aspiration is to one day own his own pub, restaurant, or hotel – a journey he’s been on since leaving school.

Gwen

Assistant Manager

Gwen was born and brought up in Wrecsam and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

 At the tender age of 17, she qualified as a cook and joined the Navy. After a couple of years of cutting her teeth, she decided to spread her wings and went from the sea to the sky and became a crew member for Bmi. After a stint based out of Heathrow, she moved closer to home and transferred to Bmi Baby at Manchester as crew manager.

 In 2012 she hung up her wings and returned to cooking, as school cook but missed the buzz of meeting new people and making them happy and so headed back to the world of hospitality (but with her feet firmly on the ground and not in the air this time round).

 Gwen is happiest making others happy, although she’s equally happy to roll up her sleeves and dive back into the kitchen to lend a hand to the chefs when needed. In her spare time, she loves to bake and cook Italian food for her husband and daughters at home, in Rhos.

Wiktor

Head Chef

Wiktor was practically born in his chef whites! His love of food and cooking go way back when! Food, flavours, working with the seasons and the ability to create new dishes has always been a passion of Wiktors, whilst taking advantage of what nature offers and using local and independent producers wherever possible. “To work at the Cross Keys is a dream come true, as I get to do everything I love.”

Since childhood, his passion has been travelling, discovering new cuisines and influences along the way, cooking with local residents and always steering clear of the ‘trodden tourist paths’ to search out where ‘the locals’ eat and drink – and joining in with them.

Outside work, he loves to spend quality time with family and friends and enjoys photography, art and fishing with his son, along with a spot of gardening.

Tom

Senior Sous Chef

Tom has a genuine passion for all aspects of food, so much so it’s a bit of an obsession, especially cooking with local produce. Tom believes food should be treated with respect “from every aspect of its life”. He has over 20 years experience working in quality gastro pubs and fine dining restaurants, gaining qualifications in chocolate, cake decorating and sugar work along the way.

 
When he’s not in his chefs whites, he loves to spend his spare time researching and watching anything to do with food.
He also loves a craft beer and is a keen sportsman and “is in heaven” combining all three, surrounded by his friends and family. 
 
“To me, being a chef isn’t a job or a career, it’s a way of life”.