by Menai Holidays
Food & Drink
Moelfre is a former fishing village on the North East coast of Anglesey, with a long maritime history. It’s also situated on the Anglesey Coastal Path, so it’s a great place for walking enthusiasts to base themselves. Spectacular views can be seen towards Penmon and Snowdonia and the Great Orme. I highly recommend standing at the top of the hill just above the beach on a sunny calm Saturday evening to soak up the view of the sea, with a few yachts moored in the bay. When it starts getting dark the lights start twinkling across the bay – just lovely! All in all, it’s a pretty, picturesque village with a great sandy beach and is popular with people of all ages. I really miss living there!
In the actual village itself there is a pebble beach, and good access to the coastal path from where you can find a further 3 pebbly beaches, heading towards Lligwy. Also in the other direction towards Traeth Bychan there is Porth Yr Aber. Lligwy is a great sandy beach and there are no dog restrictions here during the summer. This beach is very popular in the warmer summer months and so it does get busy. It’s good for kite surfing when there’s an easterly wind. Further away along the coastal path, and a trek down to the beach (but well worth it) is Traeth yr Ora, which translates into English as ‘Golden Sands’. This is my favourite place of all time! There are good fishing spots along the path too, ‘Swnt’ just off the rocks is a good spot to catch some mackerel or even bass.
There was a new lifeboat station constructed in 2015, but there has been a lifeboat here since the 1830s. We have the popular ‘lifeboat day’ every August, which is a bit like a carnival and well worth a visit! The lifeboats are out on display in the bay and carry out an exercise, usually with the rescue helicopter. There are craft stalls and the ‘lifeboat queen’ and her entourage, and visiting carnival queens from the surrounding villages are in attendance. There’s even a disco for the children in the evening down on the beach. There’s just a fantastic atmosphere that you can soak up and what’s more, it raises money for the RNLI.
Seawatch Centre, in the village, houses an older lifeboat and artefacts from the Royal Charter – a schooner that was on its way to Liverpool collecting gold from Australia is among them. It sank in an awful storm October 1859 and was laden with gold. There’s also the Statue of the coxswain Dic Evans, famous for his bravery rescuing crew from two sinking ships – first the Hindlea in 1959 then the Nafsiporos. This was unveiled by Prince Charles in 2004.
Not far from Moelfre is an ancient village called Din Lligwy, where you’ll find the remains of a Roman village from around the 4th Century. Also close by is the old Capel Lligwy, the remains of a 12th Century chapel. Further up the road is Cromlech Lligwy, a neolithic burial chamber with a huge cap stone. It was excavated in 1909 and found to have two separate burial groups.
Ann’s Pantry is a great little café with mouth-wateringly good cakes, great tea and coffee, and home cooked food made with local produce – they even allow dogs in the garden area. They are open all day in the summer, but it can quite busy there. They are also open in the evening Thursday – Sunday and it’s advisable to book. They even have themed nights; tapas, French cuisine, Mexican delights, etc. Attached is a sweet gift shop, too.
Kinmel Arms Pub is right on the beach, with tables outside. Here you’ll find great food, pleasantly big portions and a mean homemade chicken curry!
Coastal Cafe is a traditional chippy that’s very popular with the tourists and the locals, so there are often queues out the door in the summer. You can book a table and take your own wine/beer, which is a nice option to have!
Caban is located on the beach car park, and is open for ice cream and snacks.
If you would like a few days, or more, to explore this lovely corner of Anglesey we have a selection of holiday cottages in Moelfre.
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