Mike Shaw is in charge of the Eating Out section where he reviews local restaurants, gastro pubs and cafes. But we also have recipes Caro has tried and tested from an old family book of raditional Welsh foods – this month we have a delicious (we can vouch for it) teacake (see the side margin):
Here are Mike’s reviews of some local eateries – three cafes, three gastro pubs and three restaurants. 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 (address in the footer) or to Mike ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Here are some of the dishes on the White Eagle’s new seasonal menu:
PENRHOS ARMS, 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 Treardur 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 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.
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 well 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. highly recommended. Fish and chips £12.95.