The original concept was born over a glass of wine or two when Jamie & Julie Hyslop own and run Patagonia decided that a good quality restaurant serving fresh locally sourced produce was sadly lacking from the Prestatyn area. After explaining the concept to a local chef, Darren, he was inspired and jumped on board with our exciting new venture, it was a chance too for him to showcase his skill honed over years of working in some of the best steak and seafood restaurants around the world.
Next was the name, we wanted to express our Welsh roots, being both born and raised in the area with a family farm in Gwaenysgor, a small village on the hillside over-looking Prestatyn. We thought long and hard, the name came along quite by chance as we were discussing the welsh hill dogs on the farm and how the breed still prevailed in Patagonia…. Hmmm Patagonia, a region rich in Welsh tradition due to the early Welsh settlers who arrived in the province of Chubut in 1865, a fusion of Wales, Argentina and Chile - Ideal!
The link between our Welsh steaks and background with Argentinean style steak houses and Latin American food was forged. Even our logo is based on a windswept ‘flag’ tree from the wind-exposed Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia, Argentina. Julie’s sister penned the artwork, making us a true family business!
Our mission is to serve quality food with a South American vibe. Where possible we source our food locally and we are striving to be the ‘go to’ venue in Prestatyn and surrounding area. Not only are we offering a new cuisine, we also want our Customers to have a memorable experience from the moment they step in through the door.
Welcome to Patagonia!
Patagonia is a Welsh speaking outpost on the southern tip of Argentina and approximately 8,000 miles from Prestatyn. The fascinating history of how these visitors from an essentially Spanish speaking country, also come to speak the ‘language of heaven’ dates to the first half of the 19th century.
The first group of settlers, nearly 200 people gathered from all over Wales, but mainly north and mid-Wales, sailed from Liverpool in late May 1865 aboard the tea-clipper Mimosa. Blessed with good weather the journey took approximately eight weeks, and the Mimosa eventually arrived at what is now called Puerto Madryn on 27th July 1865.