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Ye Olde Bulls Head Inn
Ranked #5 of 7 Beaumaris B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
saddleworth
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123 reviews
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Reviewed June 6, 2010

Nearly a really nice place to stay - but let down by attention to detail and hype in the website,brochure and,dare we say,notices on Tripadvisor.
Pro:
- Beaumaris is a really super place to stay;old fashioned (think 1953) but with charm,a
lovely sea aspect in front of mountains,and a WONDERFUL castle.
- The hotel - a nice old building,with charm.
- A good bar,residents lounge etc with a nice atmosphere.
- Nicely appointed rooms (ours,at least) with all conveniences;clean.
- Lovely attentive and cheerful staff;as good as anywhere we have been.
- Some of the food is good.
- Sensible wine markups,with some interesting choices in the Loft.
Con.
- Not cheap considering.
- Our room was on the ground floor;it was noisy (from the courtyard and hotel rear
entrance) and from the floor above.However,to be expected from such an old building.
- The brasserie has awful acoustics;you couldn't hear yourself think let alone speak.
It also resembled a Beach Cafe rather than the "destination in its own right" of the brochure.
- More importantly,the Brasserie food was patchy,to say the least.The first courses were good;my main (duck) was awful.Asked if I wanted it pink or well cooked I asked for pink;a grey tasteless lump of rubber duly arrived;with it was a potato/celeriac combo which looked,and tasted of cold fibreboard.My wifes fish was just poor.
- The fine dining in the Loft wasn't quite that;the food was generally good,and other commemts on tiny portions are misplaced (although having sweets larger than main courses is unusual in my experience).However,my wifes Dover Sole starter was tasteless,the lamb main was tough as well as tasteless.
- Service was stately;a 40 min gap between starter and mains seems a little leisurely,especially as the food is ordered in the lounge a good 30 mins before you are taken to table.
- Our wine was placed expertly out of reach so we could have our glasses topped up by the staff;if only they had.
- We were offered coffee in the lounge;after 35 mins we asked where it was;we had been forgotten.
- There is space for 5 cars in the courtyard (just)

In summary;a nice place to stay but not as professional as it likes to think it is;hence expensive for for what you get.The food (and the Loft dining experience) was definitely a
disappointment,and since there isn't much else locally (which could explain the plaudits) you need to consider carefully whether or not to stay here.

Finally,again,lovely staff;if there had been a Maitre 'D in the Loft maybe this review would have been more favourable (tho' not for the Brasserie).

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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northeast UK
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Reviewed May 24, 2010

Stayed along with friends to celebrate a special birthday for my husband. The staff were marvelous, nothing was too much trouble. We had the main celebration in the Resturant - the food was supper along with the service, and everyone in our party has a wonderful evening.

Would recommend this Inn for a short break or a longer stay. We had a suite in the Town House which was fine, very quiet and comfortable. Bit chilly on a morning to nip across the road for breakfast, but the warm welcome from the breakfast staff more than made up for that.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2010

Stayed for one night in a gorgeous room in the townhouse, which is across the road from the Bulls Head Inn. Had a fantastic time, the room was modern,spotlessly clean, a joy to stay in. The staff were all very nice and helpful and the breakfast was fab. We went on a great coastal walk along dulas and ligwy bay, the countryside is beautiful. Go into the tourist information opposite, they have lots of information on walks in the area. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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UK
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Reviewed April 30, 2010

I had eaten in the Brasserie a few weeks ago and had a very good meal so I decided when I was next on Anglesey I would stay at the Old Bull's Head Inn. My room was at the front overlooking Castle Street and I happily sat on the window seat watching Beaumaris life going by. The room was a good size with a lovely bathroom with a shower that really drenched me - I hate some that trickle water over you as you stand and shiver. Nice white fluffy towels, Molton Brown shampoo and shower gel completed the experience. The Bed linen was crisp and white with plenty of pillows and a blanket and bedspread, not a duvet - took me back to my childhood. Tea, coffee etc and chilled milk in a small flask that stayed chilled all night was provided and a packet of locally made very thin shortbread biscuits - four in all - much appreciated.

A good selection of lighting options to suit every need, reading, relaxing and watching TV, plus a free newspaper of choice delivered to my room in the morning, free parking and a freshly cooked excellent breakfast. But what I really appreciated and what is so often missing from Hotels / Inns with restaurants - a good old fashioned Residents' only lounge - with a section of newspapers, magazines and some lovely sofas and armchairs. The use of tasteful fabrics for all the furnishings in the Inn really make a very old building very cosy. The Staff were friendly, helpful and in the main young and seemed to enjoy working there and serving their guests. I ate in the Brasserie and once again it was a good experience and clearly so for others: as it was very very busy - I will be back.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 28, 2010

stayed in the lofthouse suite for 3 nights, a great room away from the main part of the inn. The staff are wonderful and welcoming and very helpful. First night dinner in the loft restaurant was excellent, if you like a quiet refined place to eat with very good food. The only let down was the coffee after the meal, but many 4 & 5 star hotels make the same mistake. On the last night we have are meal in the Brasserie, again the food is as good as the loft. A very good atmosphere. My wife had red snapper which she said was the best meal of the stay. The access the lofthouse suite is not for infirm or very elderly as the stairs are quite steep

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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England
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Reviewed March 4, 2010

My husband and I stayed here the weekend before Valentines Day for just one night. We had a really good deal direct with the hotel, B & B, with £25 allowance EACH in the Brasserie for £100!!!! Amazing price!

The room was cosy and the wrought iron bed was lovely - it was very old fashioned in its decor but really suited the hotel but might not apepeal to all tastes. The entrance to the room had double wardrobe which kept all the refreshments - which included fresh milk (nice change from cartons of horrid tasting stuf but could've done with more of it!) and lovely locally-baked shortbread from a lovely local farm. Lovely goodies in the bathroom were Molton Brown - real luxury touch. The television reception could've been better with more choiice of chanels but to be honest we didn't watch that much tv anyway. A nice touch was the restaurant menu in the room which you could peruse at your leisure but we had boked the Brasserie.

We ate in the Brasserie at 6pm - it was fairly quiet as you'd expect at that time but by around 8pm it was more or less full. They do not take bookings at the Brasserie therefore I guess local people know to come early to be guaranteed a table. We had a lovely 3 course dinner - really simple, good honest food and presented to a very high standard. Great addition to the steak we had were the hand cut potato wedges with Anglesey Sea Salt - fantastic! (makes you want to go out and buy a pot!!). As a gluten-intolerant it was a little difficult choosing a dessert so I had to opt for ice-cream - usually run of the mill stuff but this was amazing! I'm not usually an ice cream fan but this was lovely, a selection of 3 sorbets and ice-cream which incl a lovely lemon sorbet. Also worth a mention was the fantastic bottle of wine - although we'd ordered a chilean c/savignon what arrived at the table was south african it was to die for and would def order it again! We were also offered tap water (free) and it was presented in a lovely bottle which was a nice touch to the usual jug of water.

We finished off dinner with a drink at the main bar and sat in the residents lounge - fantastic with a roaring fire crackling away. After a really good night's sleep we went to breakfast and what a treat! There was so much to choose from - juices, cereal, fruit, pastries etc. We both had a cooked breakfast and it was great! Well cooked and locally sourced ingredients with good tea and coffee. Compliemtary newspaper was delivered to our room prior to breakfast too.

All in all, this was a great stay and fantastic food! We've already said we'll be back but will eat in the main Resturant next time for a really special treat! Would heartily recommend this hotel and can't wait to our next visit!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Mid Wales
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Reviewed February 14, 2010

As the headline suggests absolutely fabulous was our recent stay at the Olde Bulls Head. It was our first experience of staying at the new townhouse but it was well worth the wait. The room was spacious, modern and of such a high standard that you could not find anything whatsover to fault.

The manager Andrew looked after us well throughout our stay.

The meal in the Loft restaurant was of a Michelin standard with little extras like the honey ce cream and the sweet potato soup thrown in between courses. A long walk in the morning was a blessing after such a feast.

Cannot wait to go back and would recommend the townhouse as rooms much nicer than in the hotel itself. If you did not fancy the Loft restaurant then they have the advantage of a brasserie restuarant on site as well.

A visit to the Olde Bulls is well worth experiencing.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Ye Olde Bulls Head Inn
Address: Castle Street, Beaumaris LL58 8AP, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Anglesey > Beaumaris
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Beaumaris
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Hotel Class:5 star — Ye Olde Bulls Head Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 13
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