3 Amazing Places To Eat In Anglesey
Written by Jaillan Yehia
The island of Anglesey is most famous for its previous royal residents Prince William and Kate Middleton, but as this list of my favourite 3 places to eat in Anglesey shows, Ynys Môn really deserves to make a few headlines of its own.
There’s plenty of locally-sourced seafood and the island is home to award-winning Halen Môn sea salt – all these tasty treats are set against a backdrop of stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits…
It’s amazing to think that Anglesey’s farm food and fresh air is just over 3 hours from the hubbub of London Euston, so here are the top 3 places to eat in Anglesey…
Dylan’s At Menai Bridge
Dylan’s founders set out, in their words, ‘to create a place on the island where we could take our own children and friends’ – and perched on the water’s edge in the town of Menai Bridge with views that could keep you staring into the distance for hours as little ones play chase with the receding tide under grandparents watchful eyes, it certainly seems they have succeeded.
The relaxed yet modern Scandinavian-style interior complete with family photos on the walls (reminiscent of London’s natural fast food chain, Leon) fits perfectly with the marine setting, but the pick of the tables, weather permitting (this is still Wales after all) have to be on the upper and lower alfresco terraces.
The bread basket alone would defeat many and it’s hard to resist hand-made sourdough and focaccia when it’s baked daily on site – but save some room for the rest of the locally sourced seasonal produce, especially the fresh and tasty seafood options which are served up in similarly generous portions and rounded off with classic desserts like Eton Mess brought to you by laid back and friendly staff. I ate at a few different places in Anglesey during my trip, and Dylan’s was my personal favorite – so much so that I included it in my World Food Awards in the category of top 3 meals with a view and it was only narrowly beaten by The Rocky Mountaineer.
St George’s Road
Tel 01248 716 714
The Oyster Catcher At Rhosneigr
The atmospheric setting is another winner at The Oyster Catcher, as is the building itself, a German Huf Haus which provides an eye-catching marker amongst a rural scene overlooking Maelog Lake and Rhosneigr beach.
But oysters aren’t the staple food here, instead head chef Mark Williams oversees a team of 16-22 year old ‘cadets’ who prepare a menu of classic bistro-style dishes, pastas and pizzas and an extensive specials list.
Of this list of places to eat in Anglesey, The Oyster Catcher is the most memorable as the concept – summed up by the slogan ‘food, changing lives’ – was modelled on Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen.
In this case 150 Anglesey applicants were whittled down to 80 – though not under the watchful eye of a TV audience, and bankrolled to the tune of £3m by the people behind the Timson shoe repairs and key cutting chain.
50 of these youngsters were then taken on a training course at the local college before the final budding chefs were brought in-house to be given the foundations for a career in cooking.
The Oyster Catcher
Tel 01407 812 829
The Bull At Beaumaris
The pick of the eateries in Anglesey’s quaint main town – and the nearest thing the island has to a capital – Beaumaris, Ye Olde Bull’s Head Inn packs a cosy pub, modern brasserie and fine dining restaurant into a Grade II listed building that’s equally full of history – past guests have included Dickens and Dr Johnson.
Local specialities such as Welsh cheeses and lamb along with Menai seafood feature heavily on the appealing brasserie menu which operates on a drop-in basis, while the fine dining restaurant takes bookings for evening dinner service.
And if you think you’ll need to be rolled home after indulging in all the food on offer here it’s just a short stumble to the Bull’s Head’s rooms, or the more contemporary colour-themed accommodation at the Townhouse next door. Of all the places I ate in Anglesey, this was the most relaxed and homely.
Tel 01248 810329
*Updated May 2017*
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