Anglesey is a wonderful place that, like all islands, has a tremendous sense of romance and adventure. It is somewhere you can get away from it all, relax from the stresses of everyday life, enjoy warm hospitality and lose yourself in winding lanes or take in its spectacular coast and interior.
On Anglesey, the sea always feels close by, and there are spectacular and stunning views from the headlands and clifftops. Being an island, there are lots of lovely sandy beaches and coves.where you can see, firsthand, just how crystal clear the water is.
A word of warning here, although it is safe to play and swim in the sheltered beaches, Anglesey is notorious for its huge tides, so always be vigilant when in the sea. That said, with due caution there are plenty of ways to get out onto the sea and have fun.
History of Anglesey
People have lived on Anglesey for many thousands of years, the earliest inhabitants being druids. Their rich and mysterious culture was over run by the Romans, who ruled from the 1st until the 5th century. After which the island reads like a ‘who’s who’ of conquering tribes and peoples – the Irish, Scots, Vikings, Saxons and Normans all made their mark, before Edward I of England finally took possession in the 13th century. Try as he might, Edward couldn’t stop Anglesey being its own place. The sense of tradition and continuity is very strong on the island, and you’re bound to feel this during your stay.
Today, Anglesey is a thriving, busy island, with a variety of great attractions for all the family. Whatever the season, whatever the weather, you’ll always find something to do. For up-to-the-second information on events throughout the year, click on the Visit Anglesey website or feel free to ask me for some recommendations about what to do when you book your holiday cottage in Anglesey. I know the island well and will be pleased to point you in the right direction and ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible!
Places to eat & drink
Good food is not hard to find on Anglesey – really fresh seafood and excellent local food are to be had in abundance. Here are my suggestions for some great places to eat:
- The Lobster Pot (Church Bay – just north of Holyhead). Popular seafood restaurant (as the name suggests!) – advisable to book. Tel: 01407-730-241
- Llynnon Mill Café (Llanddeusant) – excellent traditional Welsh teas, with food baked using stoneground flour from the mill (which you can also buy).
- The Valley Hotel & Restaurant (Valley) Tel: 01407-740-203
- Dylan’s in Menai Bridge – new and very popular
- Bull’s Head in Beaumaris, longstanding very popular with a fine dining restaurant and a brasserie depending on what sort of dining experience you wish for..
Pubs serving good food
- The Black Lion, Llanfaethlu
- The Oystercatcher, Rhosneigr also owned by the Timpson family who set up the White Eagle
- Ship Inn (Red Wharf Bay, Benllech) – busy pub in lovely location, overlooking the bay. Tel: 01248-852-568
- Trearddur Bay Hotel (Trearddur Bay) Famous hotel which wears its history well. Tel: 01407-860-201
- White Eagle (Rhoscolyn) – a well-known local pub and a great place for a relaxing drink after a hard walk. Good local pub food, with a great cheeseboard. Tel: 01407-860-207
- Seacroft (Trearddur Bay) – local and seasonal food in swanky surroundings. Tel: 01407-860-348
- Antelope Inn (Bangor) – traditional pub grub. Tel: 01248-362-162
- Tre-Ysgawen Hall Country House Hotel & Spa (Llangefni). Rather more than a place to eat, it has to be said – this is a place to spend a whole day in pamperland! Tel: 01248-750-750