More years ago than I care to remember I was touring Wales with my cousin. We were travelling along the road from Menai to Beaumaris. We had travelled this road a few times and noted a sign pointing down towards The Gazelle Hotel. Early one evening we decided to go and have a look. The Gazelle is on the water's edge with an open space in front,. There appeared to be some sort if open air party going on. Oh let's go up market – reception. I always remember one man in particular. He was in full evening cress complete with black bow tie. In his hand he had glass of champagne. Perhaps not, given the date probably Babycham. Nothing wrong with this but he was wearing a sou'wester. Once again not all that unusual but perhaps he was expecting a storm. But he was not wearing any shoes or socks. This image of the sou'wester wearing man in evening dress and barefoot has always stuck with me and I have always wanted to stay at The Gazelle Hotel. A couple of years ago whilst planning a trip to Anglesey I tried to contact the hotel but no phone was answered and e mails returned. I presumed that they had closed. However when planning a trip this year the website was all singing all dancing. I presumed, quite rightly as it turned out that it had changed hands. So we duly booked a four night stay. The hotel is situated on the water's edge as it was built originally as a ferry house. spectacular views over to Snowdonia and the Menai Straits.
Anglesey, Menai and the Straits is one of my favourite places in the world but I rarely have the chance to visit but this proved to be an exceptional week due mainly to staying in The Gazelle. Our room had a view over the Straits and during our stay I took countless photographs of the changing light and atmosphere over towards the Clywd Hills and Snowdon and the Menai Bridge.
Our room was both comfortable and well-equipped, and spotlessly clean. With such a spectacular view, a chair where one could sit and look out was very welcome, and there was also a shared terrace for the three annex rooms outside
The bar food, though not exactly cheap, is of the highest quality. Both the mussels and the salmon fish cakes can be highly recommended. An added attraction is that Real Ale is served in the bar. Chris and Andrew the proprietors are welcoming, friendly, attentive but not fussy hosts. Many of the customers who use the Gazelle are regulars and always ready to chat as are the friendly staff.
A full Welsh breakfast is served in a pretty room with once again superb views over the Straits.
If you wish to leave you car behind and have a drink in Beaumaris or Menai then there is a very good bus service that stops outside the hotel.
The Gazelle advertises itself as “Great Views Great Food Great Company” That is not some ad man's 'mission statement' as it sums up The Gazelle. Highly, highly recommended.
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- Also Known As:
- Gazelle Menai Bridge
- Gazelle Hotel Menai Bridge
- Gazelle Island Of Anglesey/Menai Bridge, Wales