Ye Olde Bull's Head Inn and Townhouse (Beaumaris)

GREAT EXPECTATIONS (AND SURPRISES)! All that you would expect of an historic inn - and more. Old beams, stunning new Townhouse-and a DESTINATION RESTAURANT renowned for its modern cuisine. SURROUNDED BY HISTORY - mighty Beaumaris Castle at the end of the street.

This inn has been a convivial meeting place on Beaumaris's historic Castle Street–the famous medieval fortress is almost next door-for many centuries. The low-ceilinged, wooden-beamed bar can't have changed much since the days the stagecoaches used to stop here, or from the times when it welcomed celebrated guests Dr Johnson and Charles Dickens.

But you have to sink into the comfort of the lounge, a seamless mix of traditional and contemporary styles, to appreciate The Bull's true character. Your hosts Keith Rothwell and David Robertson have brought a fresh, modern touch to this venerable inn. The bedrooms are beautifully furnished in a range of styles, all sympathetic to their historic context.

And The Bull's evolution goes on (perhaps they should think of dropping ‘ye olde’). Guests now have the choice of staying next door in the recently opened Townhouse, whose sophisticated, boldly modern boutique-style rooms bring a new concept of luxury accommodation to the historic Bull.

The food at The Bull also displays great flair and imagination. It's one of North Wales's top eating places (foodies rave about the seafood)  - the stylish Loft Restaurant (closed Sunday and Monday) certainly looks the part. The more informal downstairs brasserie also wins plaudits. There is much of interest in history-laden Beaumaris and Anglesey. Penmon Priory, a site of great antiquity, is close by, along with tongue-twisting Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (this is just the shortened version!) and the National Trust's mansion of Plas Newydd. Just a short drive from the Menai Bridge, the hotel is also an excellent touring base for Snowdonia.

Single From 82.50
Double From 105
Suites From 165
Rooms 26 Style Character

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David Robertson and Keith Rothwell
Ye Olde Bull's Head Inn and Townhouse
Castle Street, Beaumaris
Isle of Anglesey
LL58 8AP
0808 198 7893