Môn Mam Cymru (Anglesey Mother of Wales) is said to have helped feed the nation thanks to its fertile land, and the island off the coast of North Wales is still producing some of the best seafood, cheese, and meat in Wales. Season it all with salt drawn from the Menai Strait and you're in for a treat.
If you’re planning a romantic break with your partner, a day out with your four-legged friend, or a walk along the Anglesey Coastal Path make sure to stop at one of these fine restaurants for a taste of Anglesey.
Gaerwen Arms, Gaerwen
The Gaerwen Arms is relatively new on Anglesey’s foodie scene, but a very welcome family-friendly addition. The cosy pub serves a seasonal menu of hearty Welsh classics and offers a wide range of ales on tap. Sunday lunch is popular here with local produce peppered throughout the menu including Anglesey feta and Môn Las cheese. Dogs are welcome.
Lobster Pot, Porth Swtan
Since 1946, The Lobster Pot have served the freshest local lobster, crab, mussels, oysters, and scallops from their seaside restaurant at Porth Swtan on the west coast of the island. They often have seasonal specials on the menu, caught in the bay and beyond e.g. pollock, sea trout, mackerel, or turbot. Meat and vegetarian options are also available. Check opening times before visiting as winter hours vary. The emphasis is on simple food served in a friendly informal atmosphere - a true Anglesey delight.
Dylan’s, Menai Bridge
Dylan’s have three waterside restaurants in north Wales, but their flagship restaurant lies on the banks of the Menai in Menai Bridge. They pride themselves on serving locally sourced produce, seafood, and fresh pizzas. Local suppliers include Halen Môn, Môn ar Lwy, and Menai Oysters to name a few. They also run a baked goods store in town - great for fresh bread and pre-prepared meals.
The Oyster Catcher, Rhosneigr
The Oyster Catcher is located by the sandy dunes of Rhosneigr, just a few minutes' walk from the award-winning Traeth Llydan. Visitors can enjoy a cocktail on the terrace or a meal in one of the outdoor heated beach huts. A visit to Pat’s Shack on weekends for hand-stretched pizza, Dirty Dogs, and tacos is a must, washed down with local ales from Will’s Bar.
The Midland, Beaumaris
Putting all their effort into seasonal specials based around local produce has really paid off for the Midland team - their tapas troupe is quickly growing and they now run The Libertine in Menai Bridge and Midland Street Café in Conwy as well as their original Beaumaris haunt. They also run Mercado, the fabulous butchers, deli, and wine shop in Beaumaris.
Sosban and the Old Butchers, Menai Bridge
Located in the heart of Porthaethwy (Menai Bridge), within a historic butcher’s shop, Sosban and the Old Butchers dining experience is a little different to most. The Michelin-starred stand-out serves a series of tantalising dishes taking diners on a unique culinary journey. Dinner is served Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and is priced at £175 per person. ‘This is food as art’ proclaimed food writer Lowri Haf Cooke, who recently visited Sosban along with the other Michelin-starred restaurants of Wales.
Harry's Bistro, Beaumaris
Harry's Bistro is hidden within the historic Henllys Hall Golf Club. The mansion house built in the 1880’s stands on the site of a former monastery dating from the 13th century, and proudly stands on the hills overlooking Beaumaris. Chefs Simon and Nia are a well-known Anglesey duo and serve their unique style of bistro-style seasonal food including Harry’s own Welsh lamb fagots and a classic lemon posset dessert served with Hooton’s Homegrown rhubarb and raspberry compote.
Catch 22, Y Fali
The family-run brasserie in Fali on the west coast of the island offers a homely experience for three-course diners and popping in for a cuppa diners alike. The light bite menu offers Welsh rarebit and brunch options and the main menu offers an array of fish dishes, curries, and burgers. Takeaway options are also available at Catch 22.
The White Eagle, Rhoscolyn
The White Eagle is a fond Anglesey landmark for both residents and visitors alike. The seasonal menu showcases the pub's relationship with local farms and producers, from award-winning local family butchers to oysters freshly caught from the Menai strait.
Sea Shanty, Bae Trearddur
The old Sea Shanty Cafe closed in 2002 after 60-odd years of trading, and nothing seemed to be able to fill the hole left in Trearddur Bay… until 2016, when a new Sea Shanty opened its doors in a larger premises, with a larger bar, seating area, and menu. The beach and boating-themed cafe now employs over 80 people during summer months and is incredibly popular with daytime diners, cocktail drinkers, and ice-cream lickers alike.