Ye Olde Bull's Head Inn, Anglesey, North Wales
PUBLISHED: 14:52 23 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:23 20 February 2013
This ancient coastal town is also home to one of the principality's best inns.<br/>Roger Borrell reports
We all know Lancashire is Gods own country but sitting on a bench, watching the boats and soaking up the sunshine on the quayside in ancient Beaumaris makes you realise he has bestowed his favours on a few other places.
This coastal community on the south eastern edge of Anglesey has always been a popular with Lancastrians. In fact, our bench is dedicated to the memory of a Lovely Lancashire Lass. She, too, must have sat and gazed across the Menai Strait.
The towns popularity grew from the fashion for staycations - nothing to do with the global recession, but the Napoleonic Wars which brought an end to the Grand Tours. Instead, the wealthy British discovered delights closer to home.
Its steeped in history with a medieval fort, an old gaol thats open to the public and a church which is full of fascinating features.
The main thoroughfare is Castle Street and along this road and radiating from it are rows of interesting independent shops - from designer frocks to delicious delis. Dominating the street is Ye Olde Bulls Head Inn, an extraordinary piece of architecture which has been providing hospitality since 1472.
If anyone writes a guide to the worlds historic bars, this must be included. The ceilings are low and supported by sturdy oak beams and it comes as no surprise to discover that past customers have included Dr Johnson and Charles Dickens.
The walls are decorated with antique weaponry and towns original ducking stool and a brass water clock are above the fireplace.
But dont run away with the idea this is a paradise created for crusty old men drinking warm ale. The owners have retained a historic inn while providing cutting edge service and facilities.
The beautifully quirky bedrooms are furnished in a range of styles which match the character of the buildings and the addition of the Town House across the road has greatly extended the amount of accommodation available. This late-medieval building has been brilliantly converted to provide 13 colour-themed bedrooms packed with luxurious fixtures.
The other big attraction is the food served in the Brasserie and, in particular, the very chic restaurant created in the eaves of the oldest part of The Bull. The food is modern Welsh and it is cooked with a sure-footed flair that has brought rave reviews. Very fresh seafood, Welsh black beef and delicious local lamb make choosing dinner the second most difficult thing youll do here. The first is leaving for home.
Ye Olde Bulls Head Inn,
Castle Street, Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey, LL58 8AP.
Tel: 01248 810329