Part of my job is not only searching for the best tourist attractions to visit, but also seeking out some of the best places to eat & sleep. Some of the time, I stumble by accident upon some great places, but the majority of time I rely on other business to recommend places they either use themselves, or would recommend to their own customers, that way I can be totally sure that the business I am endorsing in one of my books, is of the highest quality. This brings me on neatly to that of the Black Lion Inn. Recommended to me by the Marram Grass restaurant also on Anglesey, I set out to investigate further, and what I found was truly astonishing.
Built as far back as the 18th century the Black Lion Inn has been welcoming visitors for almost 200 years. I had passed this pub on a number of occasions but because I was always whizzing somewhere for a meeting, I could never get chance to pop in, so when the pub was recommended to me, this gave my chance to actually see just what it looked like from the inside, rather than from outside. The minute I walked in my jaw dropped, this was totally not what I was expecting. Modern but tasteful furniture help to offer a warm and welcoming feel to the place, this building has been given caring and considerate renovation and it was totally obvious that every attention to detail has been given to make sure that any improvements were in keeping with the age of this beautiful old inn.
Myself and my good friend Dave, found a table, and no sooner had we sat down, an array of menus were brought to us. Now that's what I call service, I have on a number of occasions in Wales had to wait almost ten minutes sometimes for even an acknowledgment, but not here. I found the staff to be very friendly, but not over friendly, it can sometimes be a very fine line between getting it just right and being over friendly, the staff at the Black Lion obviously know this and timed everything just right, not just on our table, but others around us.
Moving onto the food itself here at the Black Lion, after much deliberation of wether to go for a dish off the specials menu or the menu for that week, I decided to go for one from the weekly menu and ordered the pork belly with a black pudding fritter, and Dave went for a pasta dish, I think from the specials menu. Whilst we were chatting and soaking up the atmosphere, we we're treated to a scallop dish. Scallops are not an easy dish to cook, if they are frozen or cooked for too long, they can appear very rubbery, these however were cooked to perfection, as too were our main dishes when they arrived. In fact Dave told me, that it was the best pasta dish he'd tasted in a very long time, and for Dave to say that as fussy as he is, I knew it had to be good! I enquired as to where they source their produce, and I was told that as best they can, everything on their menu including some of the beers are all locally sourced.
In a nutshell, the Black Lion Inn together with their tastefully decorated rooms, is most definitely one of the best inns on Anglesey, if not in North Wales, and is a testament to what can actually be achieved when renovating one of the older properties. I shall be shouting from the rooftops about the Black Lion Inn and I would feel very comfortable recommending it to anyone.
The Black Lion Inn
Eating Out,Guest House / B&B's
The Black Lion Inn is a Grade II Listed 18th Century Country Inn situated on the A5025, just outside the village of Llanfaethlu, between Valley and Cemaes Bay on the beautiful Island of Anglesey.
The Inn has been sympathetically renovated and extended by its new owners Leigh & Mari, after lying derelict for a period of about seven years.
The Inn comprises a cosy bar and dining room in the original part of the building, and a modern extension with additional dining area to the rear.
We have two B&B bedrooms and guests can enjoy a home-cooked breakfast in the sun room, whilst admiring stunning views across Anglesey with the Snowdonia Mountain range providing a magnificent backdrop.
Well-behaved dogs will be welcome in the B&B and bar area.Above the original part of the pub there are two individually decorated en suite guest bedrooms. Both have exposed beams and retain much of the character of the old building. Both are furnished in hand made oak furniture.
Both rooms have king size beds, with luxurious Egyptian cotton bedlinen and fluffy towels.
- 42 inch television
- DVD player
- Complimentary tea tray
- Ensuite bathrooms
- Large power shower
- Complimentary Monamor toiletries
The whole ethos of the business is about showcasing the best produce of Anglesey and the North West, with the emphasis firmly on quality: indigenous beef, lamb and pork sourced direct from the farm; fish and seafood caught off the Anglesey coast; dairy produce straight from the producers; seasonal locally-shot game and the finest locally grown and foraged fruit and vegetables.
The menu features classic, uncomplicated dishes, highlighting the quality of the ingredients, and comprises a daily menu together with a selection of specials that change daily.
We have two cask-conditioned ales permanently on tap, plus a local guest ale.
A carefully selected wine list complements our menu
We are more than happy to cater for events such as Christenings, Weddings, Birthday Dinners, Private Dinner, Shoot Parties, Meetings etc… at the Black Lion Inn, and we are happy to create a bespoke menu to suite your needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.