Bull's Head Inn, Beaumaris
As well as the castle, Beaumaris is home to a number of quality eateries, many of which boast magnificent views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia National Park. One of the best is the Bull's Head Inn, which is listed in the Good Pub Guide 2016 as having top quality food and an extensive wine selection of nearly 120 bottles. The Bull combines great dishes with 5-star accommodation. Well-equipped rooms and very stylish décor make it a hotel you’ll want to get to, while retaining the character of an old coaching inn.
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White Eagle, Rhoscolyn Bay
With a friendly atmosphere, good food and a terrific view of the Anglesey coastline, the White Eagle is popular among tourists and locals. It also happens to be a place with a royal seal of approval: William and Kate often visited when they lived on Anglesey. Dishes are created using as much locally sourced food as possible, and there’s a path down to the beach to work up an appetite (or burn off a few calories!). Sunday lunch is apparently a must. The owners of the White Eagle also own the Oystercatcher restaurant in Rhosneigr, which has a different style and ambience.
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Ship Inn, Red Wharf Bay
The Ship might be the one featured in this article, but the picturesque Red Wharf Bay is loaded with pubs and restaurants. The Ship is a more traditional pub, and its seafront location rewards customers with uninterrupted views of the bay. Otherwise, check out the trendy Boathouse or the Tavern on the Bay gastro-pub, located up the hill in St. David’s Holiday Park.
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Gazelle Hotel, Menai Bridge
With a view like the one you’ll find at the Gazelle Hotel on Beaumaris Road, the food doesn’t have to be all that good. Fortunately, the food is very good, and is quite reasonably priced. All the more enjoyable when you’ve got a front row seat for one of the most picturesque views in North Wales. The hotel has eleven rooms if you fancy waking up to the scenery too.
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Perhaps not your usual café, the Wavecrest Café is a bit of a hidden gem. The scrumptious food is all home cooked and local, with Tripadvisor reviews saying that you can’t visit Anglesey without coming here. Portions are big and delicious, with the pies and scones said to be particularly worth sampling. Once again, the view is a sight to behold.
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Lastra Farm, Amwlch
Set in the sleepy village of Penrhyd, Lastra Farm could be miles away from busy civilisation, but it’s actually only a mile from Amlwch and the A5025 coast road. It’s ideal for walkers and people exploring the Anglesey coast paths, and an ultra-fast internet connection means that it’s great for family getaways and business trips too. The rooms are stylish and well-furnished, and dogs are welcome. Prices start from £108.
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Tre-Ysgawen Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Llangefni
Situated right in the middle of the island, near Llangefni, Tre-Ysgawen Hall is a great place to unwind. The hotel is set in a 19th century mansion amongst beautiful grounds and gardens, and with no signal, a large swimming pool and a superb spa, you’ll be relaxed and recharged in no time. The hotel has a whole host of 5-star Tripadvisor reviews, the restaurant is highly regarded and the coast is still a short distance away. As you’d expect, the pricetag is high, with single rooms from £176 and double rooms from £216.
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Menai Holiday Cottages
Why limit yourself to just one hotel? Menai have holiday cottages scattered across the island and wider region. They’re not all the same, either, so you’ve got a wide range of options, and something to suit all styles and budgets. Larger parties aren’t a problem, as some cottages sleep more than ten people. Most are very reasonably priced for a week’s stay, and many will let you bring your four-legged companions along with you.
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Chateau Rhianfa, Menai Bridge
It’s only a few hundred yards from the Menai Bridge, but a stay at Chateau Rhianfa will feel like a million miles away. It looks like a castle, for a start. The rooms are lavishly decorated, and some are enormous. The Chateau plays host to weddings and corporate events, and the restaurant serves up some delicious dishes. A double room will set you back £180.
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Trecastell Hotel, Bull Bay
Trecastell Hotel is quite a traditional seaside hotel, set in the quiet village of Bull Bay. A warm welcome and good food are guaranteed. The rooms are nicely decorated, and most, if not all, come with a sea view. Prices are reasonable, too, with the most expensive room being £110, and a double room from £80, with breakfast included.
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