Welcome to the new-look eating out pages, brought to you by Mike Shaw who will in future be editing this feature for us:
Local eateries have featured on these pages for several years. Here’s a quick review of nine of them – three cafes, three gastro pubs and three restaurants, the aim of which is to inform local people and holiday makers who are planning to eat out this Easter. All of the following cafes, pubs and restaurants are recommended, though naturally some are rated a little more highly than others. Prices vary too, but a good economic barometer would be the cost of fish and chips which features on nearly all of their menus, which we show here to give you an idea of costs. You can find further information using the phone numbers shown or go on line and Google the establishment’s name. All of them have a website. Readers are encouraged to send in their own reviews, either to Alison or Mike. The latter can be contacted by email at: email@example.com
RELISH CAFÉ AND SANDWICH BAR
Valley Shopping Centre LL65 3BE – 01407 740333
This is a little gem of a place. Immaculately clean, nicely furnished with pleasant and attentive staff. Serves a good range of delicious burgers, homemade cakes, sandwiches and other snacks. Specialises in really good freshly brewed coffee and large full English breakfasts cooked to order in an open-plan kitchen. Highly recommended.
COFFEE CUPS AT THE TOLL HOUSE
Penrhos Coastal Park LL65 2JE – 01407 239161
A traditional tea and coffee shop situated in one of Anglesey’s unique Thomas Telford designed A5 toll houses. This one situated on the entry slip road to Penrhos Coastal Park. Can be delightfully quirky and even chaotic, especially when busy, but overall very good. Small and cosy inside but with lots of tables and chairs in the garden for sunny days, and three furnished garden chalets called Paradise, Eden and Heaven. Dogs and children welcomed, the former receiving a small cube of cheese which our dogs love. A small but well-chosen menu of light snacks – but home-made cakes and scones are the house specialty. Afternoon tea, served on multi-layered cake stands, are especially recommended.
CAFÉ BLAS MWY
Oriel Mon Llangefni LL77 7TQ – 01248 751516
Literally translated Café Blas Mwy means Café More Flavour, which about sums the place up! A very clean, well-organized and nicely furnished café that serves a small but very good selection of meals prepared in an immaculate open kitchen. Teas, coffee, soft drinks and a range of sandwiches and cakes are also available. Not open in the evening. The café is located off the main entrance foyer of Oriel Mon, the island’s principal art gallery, so a visit can be combined with viewing amazing art and a well-stocked gift shop selling a wide range of gifts made on the island and elsewhere in North Wales. Well worth a visit.
THE WHITE EAGLE
Rhoscolyn LL65 2NJ – 01407 860267
Rhoscolyn’s own White Eagle is undoubtedly one of the best pub/restaurants in North Wales. It was first reviewed by Ian and Alison Walker who noted that its popularity is based on its excellent menu with ‘something for everyone’ and the warmth of the welcome each visitor receives. The menu, which is varied and changes regularly, features modern English food immaculately prepared and served, though it can be quite pricey. It includes some healthy, nourishing food for children. There are several dining rooms, all of them well-appointed and furnished. Being located on the hillside above the village, the sea views from some of the rooms, and the large outdoor terrace, are spectacular. The loos are immaculate. Booking is strongly advised. Fish and chips £13.90.
Holyhead Road, Llanfair PG LL65 5YQ – 01248 714892
An unassuming pub restaurant situated on the main road in Llanfair PG opposite the famous railway station with the longest name in the world. It serves good, honest pub grub at very reasonable prices. Sunday lunches are particularly good. Children welcome. Fish and chips £9.95.
TAFARN Y RHOS
Rhostrehwfa LL77 7YU – 01248 724404
One of Anglesey’s longest established pubs and very popular with local people, the Tafarn y Rhos has undergone a recent refurbishment. It serves a range of excellent meals at very fair prices in comfortable surroundings. Locally sourced ingredients are featured, among them Anglesey crab, terrine of local rabbit, belly pork in Welsh cider and a duo of Welsh lamb (honey-glazed rack paired with slow-braised shoulder). At lunchtimes in midweek you can buy two simple, but excellent meals for £10; we enjoyed a shepherd’s pie and a beef pie both of which were excellent. Fish and chips £10.50.
THE SEA SHANTY CAFÉ
Trearrdur Bay, LL65 – 01407 728200
This place calls itself a café, and indeed you can, if you wish, pop in for just a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake, and jolly good it is too. But believe me it is far more than a café. It is a large, vibrant, popular, buzzing restaurant and bar that is, in my view, one of the very best places on Anglesey to enjoy a meal. You can start with a buffet breakfast which is served until 11am. It’s a case of help yourself to as much as you can get on your plate (one visit to the buffet only!) for just £7.95. After that the main menu is available throughout the day and into the evening – a fantastic choice of dishes ranging from sandwiches and pizzas, through light bites to full blown fish, meat and vegetarian dishes, many of them gluten free. The dining room is massive, but it has a lovely atmosphere and is always warm and cosy. It is full of maritime artefacts, local memorabilia, boats, outboard engines other imaginative nick-knacks. The loos are immaculate – the gents featuring the sounds of waves on the seashore and the pinging of asdic, while the ladies (I’m told) can listen to the shipping forecast. Everywhere you look there is something to amaze you and capture your attention. And that includes a fully working hurdy gurdy machine in the foyer. The staff are polite, attentive and knowledgeable. Well behaved dogs on a leash are welcome until 5pm and they make a fuss of them too. All in all a gem of a place for the whole family to enjoy, and great value for money. Fish and chips £13.25.
THE DECKHOUSE RESTAURANT
Silver Bay, Rhoscolyn LL65 2RZ – 01407 860860
The Deckhouse at the Silver Bay holiday village is primarily for the use of those who own or rent lodges in the complex, but it is also open to the public. It can get very busy and booking, especially in the season, is therefore strongly recommended. The restaurant, which features an extensive outdoor decking area, is large, modern and beautifully appointed. The regular menu, which includes all the usual family favourites such as curry, burgers, steaks and other meats from renowned local butchers, is supplemented by daily changing specials. There is also a vegetarian menu, a choice of pizzas and a good children’s menu to choose from. I can guarantee that whatever meal you choose will be well-prepared and nicely presented by pleasant and helpful staff. This new addition to your dining out options is highly recommended. Fish and chips £12.95.
THE BLACK SEAL
Trearddur Bay LL65 2UP – 01407 860008
The Black Seal is located right alongside Trearddur Bay’s award-winning beach, next to the RNLI’s lifeboat station. The sea views from most tables, and the outdoor terrace, are therefore pretty amazing. Now in its third year in business the restaurant premises also houses a cocktail bar which serves a staggering selection of gins sourced from around the world. The menu is large and therefore varied with a particularly good choice of fish dishes; seafood linguine, fish chowder, mussels, scallops, fish cakes and seabass among them. There is also a large selection of burgers and pizzas, the latter a specialty of the house prepared in traditional wood-fired ovens. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. In a village with no real pubs the bar area can become a little rowdy at the weekends (something the management is working on), but this is the only possible drawback to an otherwise excellent dining experience. Fish and chips £12.95.