by Luke Edwards
Day Out Guides
Named after the iconic bridge linking Anglesey to the mainland, the little town of Menai Bridge is thriving!
With an interesting mix of shops, cafes and excellent restaurants, as well as possibly the most famous supermarket in North Wales (remember the pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge pushing her trolley?!), coupled with a wealth of history and its iconic landmark, Menai Bridge makes a great year-round destination.
Ever get bored of the same old shops? Then Menai Bridge won’t disappoint! Here are some of our favourites:
Chocolate Box Siocled – Enter at your own risk! From showstopping cakes to delicious confectionery.
42a Interiors & Antiques – Finds from China, India and the Middle East are complemented with lamps, rugs, furnishings & fabrics. And a 10% discount for Menai Holiday Cottages’ guests with your Treats Card!
Space Like This – For a great range of homewares and accessories, including Orla Kiely and Nigella Lawson as well as interesting locally sourced bits & pieces.
Hawthorne Yard Antique & Curiosity Shop – Compact & bijou but full of intriguing pieces for your home. Little Hawthorn, sleeps 2, is just above!
Elsa – Understated, contemporary fashions including labels such as Brax Jeans and Shirley Pinder.
Evan’s Hardware – A step back in time – can’t walk through the door without thinking about the Two Ronnies’ Four Candles sketch!
Dylan’s – Great service, great food and great location right on the edge of the Menai Strait. What’s not to like?
The Old Butchers – The place to go for a special occasion. A small, but perfectly-formed menu, open on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings. Book well in advance!
Tafarn y Bont – Otherwise known as ‘The Bridge Inn’, not surprising given it’s close proximity to Thomas Telford’s famous bridge. A traditional cosy pub with draught ales, crackling log fire and homely food.
A visit to Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens.
A walk along the Belgian Promenade, built along the Straits by refugees from the First World War in 1914 as a thank you to the community for their hospitality.
A powerboat trip along the Menai Straits with Rib Ride.
Launched in 2013, the Menai Seafood Festival has fast become one of the key events in North Wales’ calendar. This year over 10,000 people visited the event. Expect to find great seafood, cooking demonstrations, boat rides, rockpool rambles, arts & crafts, marine biologists and more.
Romantic waterside retreat, luxurious penthouse or a simple holiday cottage? We have all of these, and more besides in and around Menai Bridge.
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