As a seasoned resident of Anglesey, and as one that loves his food home-cooked and fresh, I feel it only fair to share some of my recommendations and experiences with you. I am a strong believer in buying local, it helps support the economy and the small business owner, which unfortunately is becoming more and more scarce.
The Isle of Anglesey has so many wonderful restaurants, hotels, inns, cafés and other eating establishments to offer, many of which serve nothing but the best locally produced food. Anglesey is an absolute must when visiting North Wales.
If you’re feeling fancy, a stay at Ye Olde Bulls Head Inn in Beaumaris will not disappoint. A combination of mouth-watering food in either the fine dining Loft Restaurant or popular Brasserie, along with five star accommodation has earned the Bull a reputation as a destination in its own right. Menus are created daily according to the season using the finest Anglesey produce including Welsh Black beef, salt marsh lamb and a truly mouth-watering array of seafood, all, of course, seasoned with Anglesey Sea Salt from Halen Mon.
Another fantastic place to stay is The Black Lion Inn, which is a Grade II Listed 18th Century Country Inn situated between Valley and Cemaes Bay. Leigh and Mari (the proprietors) have a real passion for food and drink and feel that in order to offer the best food, they must source the best ingredients; locally-sourced and seasonal. The best produce of Anglesey and the North West is showcased, with the emphasis firmly on quality: indigenous beef, lamb and pork sourced direct from the farm; fish and seafood caught off the Anglesey coast; dairy produce straight from the producers; seasonal locally-shot game and the finest locally grown and foraged fruit and vegetables. If you’re interested all the suppliers that The Black Lion use are listed on their website, and you can see for yourself that everything is locally sourced.
There are many fantastic retailers and producers that supply such hotels as mentioned above. Y Cwt Caws is an award winning family business based on a farm in Dulas. They are Artisan cheese makers and have a range to suit all, from soft cheese balls to hard cheese and cultured butter. Their cheese is just delicious, I am especially a fan of the chilli soft cheese balls.
Halen Mon produces some of the finest sea salt in the world. It all started in 1997 after a saucepan of sea water was left to boil on the aga and salt crystals began to form. In 1999 Halen Mon started supplying salt to Swains- the local butcher. Today Halen Mon sea salt is enjoyed around the world by chefs, food lovers and even the odd US president. It has been served at the London 2012 Olympics, political summits and is a vital ingredient in Green & Blacks chocolate and Piper’s Crisps.
Bodoir Farm is an agri-environmental stock farm which has diversified into selling their own produce through a farm shop. The majority of my meat comes from here, I like to know exactly what I’m eating and where it comes from. Bodoir Farm produces exceptionally good quality meat and after visiting the place you can tell that they take really good care of their animals.
There are many many more examples I could provide of the superb food retailers and producers that Anglesey has to offer, as well as the restaurants and hotels that take advantage of them. When visiting this island you don’t only get the fantastic scenery, the Welsh culture, the rare and abundant wildlife, you also get to eat our delicious, fresh local food which is distinctive to Anglesey and I can guarantee that you will never taste anything like it.