A stone’s throw from Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey’s flagship inn dates back to 1472. The old timbered pub may be hung with an impressive display of antique weaponry, but it has moved with the times – now a trad pub, modern brasserie, stylish restaurant & smart hotel all rolled into one. It’s still, however, the heart of the town & lively with locals. No bookings are taken in the smart, slate-floored conservatory brasserie, where an eclectic menu lists pan-fried squid with rocket & balsamic & poached salmon salad with lemon mayonnaise. For a dressed-up treat, head upstairs to the striking, civilised restaurant (all mirrors & bold paintwork), where some contemporary cooking from a creative & confident kitchen is to be had – evenings only. Daily menus utilise prime local ingredients in dishes like saddle of venison with chocolate sauce, or brill served with a beurre blanc.