Winter weekend in Anglesey

Summer is a long way away and we fancied a break.

Had a look around and as we haven’t been to much of Anglesey we decided to look for a cottage for the weekend and have a look around with the intention of returning in the summer or at least some better weather.

Now we all like to plan but as we sat thinking well its storm Ciara this weekend so it should be fine next weekend so we booked but the following weekend we had Storm Dennis, but we still went and had no issues apart from it raining and being very windy.

We settled on a little village called Church Bay, nice beach one restaurant and a pub.

We found this very nice bungalow that’s dog friendly with plenty of parking on Air BnB

Its just a short 5 minute walk from the beach, plenty of space and very warm even on the coldest stormy days.

You can save a few pounds by booking direct instead of through Air BNB etc

Saturday morning breakfast

We had heard good reports about the Sea Shanty Cafe in Trearduer bay so booked for breakfast, they are also dog friendly.

Its best to book as its gets very busy, the food was good but service was very slow but to be fair the waitress noticed this and gave us a round of coffees fro free which was nice.

We would return

Next stop the beach, It was very windy and wet!

Next stop South Stack light house

We have wanted to see it for quite a long time, but will return in the summer when you can actually go inside.The lighthouse has warned passing ships of the treacherous rock below since its completion in 1809. The 91-foot (28 m)-tall lighthouse on Southstack rock was designed by Daniel Alexander and the main light is visible to passing vessels for 24 nmi (44 km; 28 mi), and was designed to allow safe passage for ships on the treacherous Dublin to Holyhead / Liverpool route

The weather was vey wet and windy rough seas with 50MPH ( 70KMH) winds, but the Ferry chugged past like it was a summers day. We are going to book the tour and return once the weather picks up.

I believe it’s a nice place for sunsets too.

The above image is copyright Phil Norton Photography

Next stop Beaumaris a nice little unspoilt sea side place with plenty of history

Beaumaris was originally a Viking settlement known as Porth y Wygyr (“Port of the Vikings”), but the town itself began its development in 1295 when Edward I of England, having conquered Wales, commissioned the building of Beaumaris Castle as part of a chain of fortifications around the North Wales coast (others include Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech). The castle was built on a marsh and that is where it found its name: the French builders called it beaux marais which translates as “beautiful marshes”.

As the weather was so bad we decided to visit the Oriel Ynys Mon Museum.

Sadly they turned us away as they don’t allow dogs in, pity they dont say that on the website as we had heard good reports about it.

We wanted an evening meal but as many places are booked as its valentines weekend we found the Holland Hotel in nearby Llanfachraeth.

A hidden Gem. Its just a small pub but the atmosphere and food is excellent, we felt it was very good quality and reasonable prices, staff are very helpful too. We where so impressed we returned the next night too.

Sunday morning we wanted a nice breakfast from some where dog friendly, a local lady had recommended the Black Lion which wasn’t far away

We arrived early as they don’t open until 10.30 but its best to check the opening times by calling or via the Facebook page as it alters depending on the time of year, the lady from the kitchen saw me looking in just after 10 and opened up for us.

The food is generally a couple of pounds more expensive but its worth every penny, it was one of the best breakfasts I have ever had, fresh food cooked to perfection. We all had something different and they do a very good assortment so every one is catered for, the veggie options are good too.

They are dog friendly and have section they allow dogs in, they have dog treats and water too.

If you ask nicely and buy your evening meal they will let you park your motor home on the carpark over night so we already have a trip penciled in.

The Chilli Jam from the shop is to die for!

We will return