If you find yourself down this way over the summer, consider calling at a new café-bar that has just opened in Beaumaris. Jack Fruit is a plant-based Restaurant & Café-Bar set in the beautiful sea-side resort of Beaumaris, Anglesey. Serving creative, delicious food with classical influences and modern interpretations suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans. We called there a few weeks ago shortly after it opened for coffee, cakes and a G & T treat for me – well I just had to try it as the marmalade Gin was made by the Aber Falls Farm at Abergwyngregyn where our cats and Pug board if we are away from home. It was delicious and the staff could not have been more friendly. The vegan chocolate cake was a hit also not withstanding Felix’s initial misgivings Find them at 9 Castle Street Beaumaris.
To walk off those cake calories, you could do no better than to visit Welcome to Plas Cadnant Estate’s Hidden Gardens an awardwinning restoration project situated between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris.
In 1996, the present owner bought the 200- acre Plas Cadnant Estate and work began on the restoration of the historic garden and grounds. Since then large parts of the gardens have undergone a spectacular transformation and have been restored to their former glory. Described as one of North Wales best kept secrets is the hidden world of Plas Cadnant Gardens, situated at the side of the Menai Strait, hidden from view. Former owners of Plas Cadnant were related to the Tremayne family of Heligan House, now famous for its Lost Gardens.
The new garden being created on an historic site, becoming a plantsman’s paradise. Now considered amongst the liveliest twenty gardens of Wales. It is certainly very well hidden. Having lived so close to it for several years, I had no appreciation of the size of the gardens until I visited with Robert and my parents recently. The garden consists of a large level area leading to a steep river valley. The planting is superb with a wide array of species and views at every turn. There are also, in addition, attractive tearoom and plant sales for those so inclined. On the edge of the garden are several self-catering holiday cottages which looked very nicely presented and would make a great base for those wanting to stay for a few days to explore the Island
Now open for their 2019 season, June to August – open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 12noon to 5pm. Probably easiest to navigate on a dry sunny day if you can catch one!