Hi everyone. This is my first post about a trip away, and what better place to start than a trip home to where I grew up, Anglesey. If you haven’t been then what are you waiting for? Blue sea, white sand, green fields, clean fresh air and now gluten free eveywhere you look.
Quick FYI: I’ll likely update this post each time I return home and try somewhere new…
Starting up with the supermarkets if you are self catering or like me, staying with family – Hi Fliss! Tesco in Holyhead is huge and every time that I am home the gluten free range has grown. Seriously it stocks EVERYTHING in one place. It has ALL the beers, breads, cakes, sausages, frozen items etc. This should be your first port of call. The café upstairs also has a selection of gf biscuits if you stop for a coffee. Also you may want to try Spar in Valley who have a small but perfectly formed section of your basic replacement items.
Worth a mention too, is the cake assortment on Virgin Trains en route to Anglesey. On the counter is a selection of gf offerings, I had the millionaire shortbread. Phwoar!
As for dining out, I’ll limit this post to the Holyhead side of the island as there is only so much I can eat in one visit and I promise to add more in the future.
Catch 22: A new restaurant on London Road, Valley. This is so worth a visit, the service is fantastic. In fact I came 4 times. I had lunch here (a virtuous kale and broccoli soup with gf bread), afternoon tea (marmalade polenta cake) and an evening meal where I was given my own menu that was clearly marked by the chef. I enjoyed patatas bravas to start, a perfectly cooked steak with triple cooked chips (in a separate non-contaminated fryer thank you) and one of the best espresso martinis I’ve ever had as my dessert. They also serve Estrella Daura Damm. Thumbs up from Glueless.
Sea Shanty: This is a newish offering in Trearddur Bay. There is no separate gf menu but rather a * next to items that can be adapted. I skipped the starter and went straight in for the gluten free fish and chips. This was a lovely light batter and the fish and chips are again cooked in a separate fryer to avoid contamination. This was a huge portion but it didn’t defeat me or my pudding pouch. After a bit of confusion over the dessert list I was given (it turns out that they make gf versions to most of the desserts on offer but most of these had already been snaffled), I had a choice between a sticky toffee pudding or a berry panna cotta. Obviously the sticky toffee pudding won and that did defeat me. I couldn’t see a gf beer on the menu but then I also didn’t ask. I’d suggest this venue if you have children.
The Toll House Café, Holyhead. This is a former toll house along Thomas Telford’s road between Holyhead and London. It is next to the nature reserve so a perfect place to relax with a flat white after a long walk amongst the bluebells. If you have a dog then there are water bowls ready. If you have a child, then the little pastel dining shed outside will amuse. Highly recommend for a pretty perch.
If you have any gf Anglesey recommendations for my next visit, I’d love to hear them!
(photo credit: Olivia Carmichael Photography Anglesey)