Castle Street, BEAUMARIS, LL58 8AP
This 15th-century pub started life as a staging post and inn on the route to Ireland; it's just a stone's throw from the gates of Beaumaris' medieval castle. The bar transports drinkers back to Dickensian times (the man himself stayed here) with settles and antique furnishings; artefacts include the town's old ducking stool. The Bull's location in the midst of a rich larder of seafood and Welsh livestock farms has inspired the multi-talented kitchen team to produce exceptional menus, well deserving of three AA Rosettes. The light and airy Brasserie, moulded from the former stables, serves a good range of modern global dishes such as hotpot of smoked haddock, tomatoes, cream and parmesan; and grilled fillets of rainbow trout with black pasta. Push the boat out in the intimate Loft Restaurant with roast crown of quail with parmesan gnocchi, followed by pan-fried monkfish with split yellow peas, fondant potato, black kale, brown shrimp and capers.