Halen Mon - The Anglesey Sea Salt CompanyBrynsiencyn, Anglesey
The Anglesey Sea Salt Company was born through a kitchen experiment; using nothing more than a saucepan of seawater from the Menai Straits and the family Aga! Halen Mon is a true Anglesey success story; today its salt is exported to over 20 countries all around the world and they recently opened their doors to let you see behind the scenes!
Sat on the banks of the Menai Straits, within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Anglesey Sea Salt enjoys stunning views stretching over the water towards Snowdonia. A truly interesting, informative experience; a tour around this unique business is a must and a real treat for the tastebuds too. A great attraction whatever the weather!
The saucepan experiment undertaken back in 1997 was the real lightbulb moment from which the idea of The Anglesey Sea Salt company blossomed. Seeing the sea salt crystals forming is said to be the moment Alison and David Lea-Wilson, the founders of Halen Mon, realised they had “struck culinary gold”!
At the time the family also owned Anglesey Sea Zoo, so were able to harvest the seawater easily from the pipeline used to reach the aquarium. The sea around the island is extremely clean and with the notoriously fussy seahorses thriving happily in Anglesey seawater at the aquarium, the opportunity to produce the world's finest sea salt seemed within reach!
Halen Mon is the Welsh translation of Anglesey Salt. Since March 2015 it has been possible to visit the brand new Saltcote visitors centre and tour behind the scenes of this fantastic company, discovering the story of it’s pure and simple production. “Tide to table” describes how hand harvesting coupled with new technologies can produce the Anglesey sea salt. To read more about this sustainable process click here or wait to hear all about it during your tour. One of the most important things to note about Halen Mon is that absolutely nothing is added during the process! The majority of the harvested sea salt is sold exactly as it is harvested - pure and simple - but some is combined with other ingredients to create bespoke blends. Our favourite is the Chilli and Garlic, why not stop in and find your favourite?
In 1999 Halen Mon was supplied to the local Butchers in Menai Bridge. Swains was the first to stock the sea salt and still sells it to this day; however, it is now amongst hundreds of delicatessens that also stock Halen Mon, along with well known high-end retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Waitrose and even Harvey Nichols. With claims to fame from top chefs and being served at the 2012 Olympics, Royal Wedding and a vital ingredient in Green and Black’s chocolate - Halen Mon is a true Anglesey success story!
A visit to Halen Mon gives all visitors a real flavour of this family run company and with a gift shop too, you have the chance to stock up on your favourite seasoning!
Daily: 10am - 5pm (except for 12 days over Christmas and New Year).
Tours run every hour between 11am and 4pm during peak season, and three times a day off-peak.
Phone number: 01248 430871
Free parking on site. only one blue badge space on hard standing.
The Saltcote is located on a level site, with step-free access throughout. The guided tour is accessible to wheelchair users. There is a unisex accessible toilet.
No, only allows trained assistance dogs.
Other useful info
Can hire electric bikes from the site http://www.halenmon.com/bike-hire/
For tours please book by phone on 01248 430871 if doing so on the day, or drop us an email if you’d like to book in advance: email@example.com
Gift shop open daily 10am-5pm to stock up on seasoning!
Whilst children are welcome to join the tour, it is primarily designed for adults.
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