Great expectations (and surprises)! All that you would expect of an historic inn - and more. Old beams, stunning new Townhouse-and a destination restaurant renowned for its modern cuisine. Surrounded by history - mighty Beaumaris Castle at the end of the street.

This inn has been a convivial meeting place on Beaumaris's historic Castle Street–the famous medieval fortress is almost next door-for many centuries. The low-ceilinged, wooden-beamed bar can't have changed much since the days the stagecoaches used to stop here, or from the times when it welcomed celebrated guests Dr Johnson and Charles Dickens.

But you have to sink into the comfort of the lounge, a seamless mix of traditional and contemporary styles, to appreciate The Bull's true character. Your hosts Keith Rothwell and David Robertson have brought a fresh, modern touch to this venerable inn. The bedrooms are beautifully furnished in a range of styles, all sympathetic to their historic context.

And The Bull's evolution goes on (perhaps they should think of dropping ‘ye olde’). Guests now have the choice of staying next door in the recently opened Townhouse, whose sophisticated, boldly modern boutique-style rooms bring a new concept of luxury accommodation to the historic Bull.

The food at The Bull also displays great flair and imagination. It's one of North Wales's top eating places (foodies rave about the seafood)  - the stylish Loft Restaurant (closed Sunday and Monday) certainly looks the part. The more informal downstairs brasserie also wins plaudits. There is much of interest in history-laden Beaumaris and Anglesey. Penmon Priory, a site of great antiquity, is close by, along with tongue-twisting Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (this is just the shortened version!) and the National Trust's mansion of Plas Newydd. Just a short drive from the Menai Bridge, the hotel is also an excellent touring base for Snowdonia.

Directions

Enjoying Panoramic views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia, the town of Beaumaris lies to the south east of the Isle of Anglesey. The island can be accessed via either of two road bridges, Thomas Telford’s famous Menai Suspension bridge built in 1826 or the more recent crossing at Britannia Bridge. The latter being the main A55 route to Holyhead port. Beaumaris is 5 miles distant from the Britannia Bridge via the A545.

The Bull and Townhouse are centrally located in the conservation town of Beaumaris on Anglesey within walking distance of all attractions and shopping facilities.

Principle among these are Edward I’s imposing castle, now a world heritage site, the Old Courthouse, the Gaol, and Beaumaris' Victorian Pier.

 n addition what makes the town especially appealing to many is the absence of unsympathetic commercial development with many of the streets looking much as they did 100 years ago!