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We’re keen bloggers here at Silver Bay Holiday Village and we love nothing more than giving our luxury lodge owners and friends an insight into life at our holiday resort on Anglesey. With our weekly blog, we like to update you on key topics that make us and our lodge owners tick. From things to do to the best restaurants to visit (including The Deck House, of course!) you’ll have plenty of reading material to help you plan your next Anglesey break.

We also post about upcoming events on site including everything from beauty events to annual parties, so if you want to keep ahead of the game and make sure you get tickets, keep checking back!

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Journey to Spain this summer without the queues and exhaustion of flying because Silver Bay is bringing Spain to you! Last week we launched our new tapas menu at The Deck House so you, your family and friends can now experience the Spanish way of dining while enjoying the views of Silver Bay. Does this tickle your tastebuds? Then keep reading to find out more.

As we’re by the sea it’s fitting that we offer some seafood options. Go for something spicy with the chilli and lime squid with garlic aioli dip or why not try something a bit different with the fennel, peppercorn and garlic king prawn mango shooters?

If you fancy something a bit meatier then maybe the bacon and halloumi bites with a chilli and bacon jam could be the ones for you, or we also have chicken, olive and sundried tomato meatballs with a wild garlic dip. Tapas wouldn’t be complete with some chorizo so we have two different dishes to choose from, including sautéed chorizo in a deep red wine, honey, garlic and sesame glaze or patatas bravas with chorizo and a chilli, tomato, garlic and paprika sauce.

We’ve also got some veggie dishes to perfectly complement the meat and fish, including cauliflower cheese and jalapeno croquettes served with a sweet chilli dip or our Canarian potatoes. For those of you new to Canarian potatoes, also known as “wrinkly potatoes”, they’re small, salted potatoes boiled and served with mojo rojo sauce.

To make the most of this amazing selection of dishes we’ve got a great offer for you: buy five tapas plates and we’ll give you a dish of Canarian potatoes, mojo rojo style, on the house! We’ve also got more exciting developments coming to The Deck House, make sure to keep an eye out for more blogs in the coming weeks.

To book a table at The Deck House, call a member of our friendly team on 01407 862 046.


19/Aug/2018
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Our lodge owners and Anglesonians adore visiting The Deck House for a relaxing evening and some scrumptious food, so we thought what better to discuss on our latest blog than the inspiration behind our tantalising menu?

Including a look at the brand new autumn/winter menu, and an interview with our head chef, Lee, you’re sure to have a grumbling stomach by the time you’ve finished reading – you’ve been warned!

The Deck House Interior

We’ve only just launched our autumn/winter menu in the restaurant just last week, and just like our summer offerings, you’ll be pleased to know we’ve used a range of tasty local ingredients to create a range of magnificent dishes.

The Deck House Main Menu

All of our meal options are concocted with love for our products, care for our guests and if we don’t mind saying so ourselves, great cookery talent. However, for the purpose of this blog we’re going to focus in on some of the most popular restaurant orders and where these dishes originate from.

Picture of a table with food in The Deck House

Jones of Holyhead 10oz Sirloin Steak

It takes passion, knowledge and experience to serve the juiciest and most succulent steaks, and at the Deck House, we pride ourselves on serving only the best hand cuts which are seasoned and grilled to perfection.

We love to go local with our dishes, and our 10oz sirloin steak is one of those meals that we’re incredibly proud to present to guests. If you’re unfamiliar with the Anglesey area, Holyhead is a large town situated on our island, and Jones of Holyhead is a butchers that is popular with locals and tourists alike.

Jones’ butchers provide customers with only the finest of British meats, and we take pride in the fact we support local businesses with our own restaurant steak offering. Make sure you opt for the Jones of Holyhead Sirloin Steak if you’re after a scrumptious, meaty meal at The Deck House- and we also recommend you choose to have it medium rare, too!

Jones of Bodedern 12oz Gammon Steak

Gammon isn’t just for Christmas. This wonderfully succulent joint of meat makes a great alternative to a roast and is a definite crowd pleaser at the Deck House. The Jones of Bodedern Gammon dish really is a culinary highlight for fans of this hearty dish.

Overseen by the wonderful Jones of Bodedern, this multi-award winning butchers provides some of the best meat on the island. All the meat is homegrown, so you really know that you’re going to enjoy a true slice of Anglesey produce, and once more, we take great pride in supporting local businesses and using their products to bring our guests something spectacular.

Founded in 1915 by Evan Thomas Jones and his wife Ellen, the business has been in the family ever since – providing tasty meats for local Anglesey residents. We know you’ll love their gammon just as much as we do if you order this off the menu!

The Deck House Ice Cream and Sorbets Menu

As well as using local ingredients to create our satisfying main meals, we also take pride in using them to develop taste-bud tingling desserts, too.

A desert at The Deck House.

One of our standout puddings has to be our delectable collection of ice creams and sorbets. These are locally sourced from Mon Ar Lwy, which translates to Taste of Anglesey –  they really are everything that an ice cream lover could ever ask for.

There are so many beautiful flavours to choose from including some more unusual flavours such as lavender, and also apple and passion fruit. These are matched alongside more the classic flavours including vanilla, strawberry and chocolate.

The Taste of Anglesey is popular with Anglesey residents, and their lovely ice creams are all made on their farm. Truly sensational and yummy – what more could you ask for in an ice cream?

The Deck House Pudding Menu

As well as focusing on local ingredients, we like to emulate a gorgeous homemade style when it comes to our cooking. As you can see, our dessert menu benefits from a homemade hot toffee sauce, as well as a soothingly sweet crumble of the day.

We also enjoy going Welsh where we can, and are always honoured to present our guests with our Welsh-themed cheeseboard.

A chocolate and cream desert in The Deck House

Finally, how could we have a blog about our menus without discussing the favourite pudding of our guests – our chocolate brownie? Anyone who visits The Deck House and orders this delight of a pud is sure to want seconds! If you’ve enjoyed one yourself recently, be sure to take a photograph and share them with us on social media. We’d love to hear your feedback.

An Interview With Our Head Chef

Of course, our restaurant food would be nothing without the culinary experts behind it – so how could we discuss the inspiration behind our menu without mentioning head chef, Lee?

We recently tracked him down in the kitchen and asked him a few questions about the inspiration behind the menu. Here’s what he had to say…

Where does the inspiration for your dishes on The Deck House menu come from?

The Deck House winter menu is inspired by all of the amazing choice of local seasonal ingredients on our doorstep! There are lots of fantastic ingredients in season at the moment and I’ve used them to take traditional and hearty dishes that we all grew up with to the next level! I hope that the new menu fulfils that sense of childhood nostalgia!

It’s clear you pride yourself on working with local ingredients in your dishes, tell us why you’re so passionate about sourcing local produce?

I believe that Anglesey has fish and butchery products which are amongst the best in Great Britain, buying local is the only way to truly know that your ingredients are the freshest possible, and for me, the fresher the ingredients the more outstanding the flavour! We have made amazing relationships with our suppliers, all of which pride themselves on the quality of their produce. I like to know exactly where my ingredients are coming from!

What first sparked your interest in food?

My mother. I used to bake a lot with my mum, we started experimenting with different types of bread and cakes, I enjoyed the process so much that I then started to experiment with recipes of my own.

Have you always wanted to be a chef?

I choose to pursue professional cooking from my secondary school years, however I think I became a chef long before that. I was always watching cooking programmes and I was inspired by the fact that I knew, as a chef, I would never truly stop learning! I really enjoyed my catering classes in high school so I ultimately chose to continue my studies through to college.

If you could provide our lovely readers with one top cooking tip, what would it be?

Top tip for curry and spice lovers! Don’t store your herbs and spices above your cooker or high up where they can become humid! Humidity and heat will cause herbs and spices to lose their flavour! Store them in a cool, dry place.

Which of your creations on the menu do you love the most?

I love one pot wonders! So for me, it’s the curries! I love filling the kitchen with the smell of meaty spices! It’s that time of the year now for everyone to start getting out their slow cookers, they’re perfect for winter curries!

Are there any particular dishes that we can expect to see on The Deck House menu in the upcoming months?

I will be introducing my mother’s famous Lob Scouse recipe which is perfect to warm you up as the nights start drawing in!

Silver Bay Holiday Village and You

You don’t need to be a lodge owner to visit The Deck House, we’re open for anyone and everyone who fancies dabbling in our tasty dishes and relaxed atmosphere.

If you’re intrigued to find out more about Silver Bay Holiday Village, then why not download our free eBrochure? You can also take a look at our amazing luxury lodges and see what the Silver Bay lifestyle is all about.

We hope to see you relaxing and enjoying our wonderful food and drinks in The Deck House in the near future! Remember to share your experiences on social media using #SilverBayDays – we love to see our guests enjoying themselves!


19/Aug/2018
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Anglesey has a wealth of organic farmers’ markets, artisan producers, food festivals, and award-winning restaurants, ensuring the taste of Anglesey is one to really savour…

We’ve collated some of Anglesey’s most loved local delicacies, from Welsh Cakes, to Halen Môn sea salt there’s something that all palettes can appreciate.

Whether you’re looking to taste your way around the island or perhaps collect a selection of local specialities to make a hamper for loved ones at home, there’s something for everyone in our Part 1 round-up.

Disclosure: This blog may cause serious stomach rumbles.

 

Anglesey Eggs

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This dish is a true Anglesey classic. Made out of eggs, potatoes, leeks, breadcrumbs, cheese and nutmeg, this tasty treat makes for the perfect Anglesey influenced dinner time treat.

Want to make this dish yourself? The nation’s favourite duo of bakers The Hairy Bikers have an Anglesey eggs and bacon recipe on the BBC food website. Why not pop on your chef’s hat and apron and prepare something unique for dinner? We’re sure your loved ones will appreciate it!

Welsh Cakes

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A classic all over Wales, Welsh Cakes are also a culinary highlight of Anglesey. This fruity flat bread dates back to the 19th century, and they’re cooked on a griddle like a pancake as opposed to being baked in an oven. They can be served both hot and cold, and if you’re feeling indulgent you can also top them with jam or butter.

Made from flour, sugar, spices, butter, lard, baking powder, currants, eggs and milk, you’ll love this Welsh cake – and it makes for a wonderful snack after a day of fun at Silver Bay!

To find a local eatery that sells Welsh cakes on Anglesey, take a look here.

 

Anglesey Wine

Did you know we have our very own vineyard on Anglesey? And it’s home to some amazing wines that any wine lover is sure to adore. Anglesey is actually the perfect climate for grape growing, and Wales Online reported that it’s actually proving more fruitful than Bordeaux, France.

Known as the Ty Croes, the Anglesey vineyard stretches across two and a half acres of Anglesey land, and can be found on the southern part of the island.

Starting back in 2003, the vineyard offers tours as well as tasting experiences. To find out more about this lovely attraction and their wines, take a look at their website.

 

Anglesey Oysters

When you’re an island, you benefit from tasty seafood – and nowhere is this more obvious than with our beautiful Anglesey oysters.

You can indulge in these fishy treats on a wide range of places across the island. The Menai Oysters and Mussels Ltd are a popular place with locals and tourists and have their very own shop – and we also serve them in our recently refurbished Deck House.

Other restaurants on the island that serve up this Anglesey classic are Dylan’s, The Oyster Catcher, The Lobster Pot and many more. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying this dish so be sure to indulge wherever you are!

 

Halen Môn – Anglesey Sea Salt

The sea doesn’t only provide us with fresh seafood here on Anglesey, it also gives us some wonderful salt, too.

This is cultivated by none other than the Halen Mon Sea Salt company – a favourite with locals and tourists alike. As a family company, there’s an extra level of dedication and care that other salt suppliers simply cannot provide – and it makes for the perfect seasoning option for any dish you’re preparing.

You can visit their online shop to buy some salt or another tasty treat with their ingredients incorporated such as salted chocolate and sea-salted Welsh fudge. Salt is such a versatile ingredient, and Halen Mon are certainly making the most of it!

 

Anglesey Vinegar

What’s another great accompaniment alongside salt? Well, that’d be vinegar, of course! So in the name of keeping these two ingredients together, we thought we’d discuss Anglesey’s vinegar offering.

Vinegar on the island is sold by Amanda Janes of Anglesey, and the owner of which began by experimenting with turning wine into vinegar whilst working on a vineyard.

Now, Amanda buys the vinegar bases and adds her own unique flavours. She sells 12 stunning vinegar offerings, all flavoured in different ways. Fancy some Raspberry vinegar? Or how about some Minted Cider Vinegar? See the full list here and see if anything takes your fancy!

 

Anglesey Marshmallows

Image sourced from Bonny Confectionery

We can’t take credit for the creation of marshmallows here on Anglesey, but we do have our very own confectionary company specialising in this squishy treat!

Bonny Confectionery are experts at creating amazing gourmet marshmallows – and they’re gluten-free too!

There are all sorts of items for sale in their online shop including Marshmallow boxes and Marshmallow Melts specifically designed for hot chocolate. Explore everything they have on offer here.

Anglesey Foods and Silver Bay

Anglesey really is an experience for all the senses and it’s hard to find a better place for food lovers. Due to its fertile land, the island makes the most of its climate and luscious environment, such as offering the freshest of fish straight from the sea, seasoned with delicious Halen Môn sea salt extracted  from the crystal clear waters of the Menai Strait.

Like this? Then why not explore part one and part two of our Anglesey’s best restaurants blog?

If you’d love a holiday home on our beautiful Anglesey island, then be sure to get in touch with us here at Silver Bay. We have amazing holiday properties, and you can explore them in more details in our free eBrochure.

Any questions or queries? Give our helpful team a call on 01407 860 111 to find out more.

 


19/Aug/2018
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We think we’ve found a true foodies’ delight and it doesn’t involve Michelin stars, travelling to London or the fields of France – it’s a short distance away from Silver Bay, in an area with outstanding local produce.

Silver Bay is delighted to announce a partnership with Bodnant Welsh Food Centre.

The Bodnant Welsh Food Centre is located at Furnace Farm, within the scenic surroundings of the Conwy Valley. The 18th century farm building now houses one of the most picturesque tea rooms in Wales with views over the Conwy Estuary and the Carneddau Hills. Passionate about traditional Welsh cuisine, Bodnant Welsh Food offers produce from its own estate and from carefully selected local producers, including milk from the farm across the river.

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A farm shop, tea room, beekeeping centre, restaurant, wine shop and cookery school – Bodnant Welsh Food has fingers in all the homemade pies. The award-winning shop houses a butchers, bakers, dairy and a delicatessen too.

The meat from the butchers is all locally sourced and developed on site by Bodnant’s experienced butchers into a variety of award-winning flavours such as Bodnant lamb cushions and the delicious pork & pear burgers. If you’re stuck for ideas or need advice on the best cut for your dish, the experts are at the ready to share their knowledge and suggestions to ensure you get the most from your selection.

Elsewhere, the bakery produces all of the bread, scones and cakes used in both the restaurant and tea room. More than twelve types of bread are baked every day, from traditional loaves to the unique flavour of Furnance Farm Honey and Spelt. Of course, no Welsh bakery would be complete without a fresh supply of Welsh cakes, a tasty treat and the perfect partner to Bondant’s butter, expertly churned by head of dairy, Aled Rowlands. In addition, the dairy herd seen grazing nearby in the Conwy Valley supply milk for creams, ice creams and cheese, including a revival of a 300 year old local specialty – Aberwen Cheese – which is available to try in the shop.

After a visit to the centre last week, we couldn’t be happier to partner with this Welsh food institution. From Summer 2015, Silver Bay will be stocking produce from Bodnant Farm for our lodge and caravan owners to enjoy. We’ve listened carefully to your feedback and know the importance of having fresh, delicious food supplies on site at Silver Bay. Instead of driving out to pick up your amenities or stopping off at a supermarket on the way, all your essentials will be here with quality and taste guaranteed.

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Whether planning a BBQ with your Silver Bay friends or stocking up on supplies for a delicious breakfast, our selected produce will be available to purchase from the cafe area in our Leisure Complex. And whatsmore, the lovely folks at Bodnant Farm will be keeping our fridges freshly replenished to keep up with expected demand.

Watch this space for updates on the launch. We also have an egg-citing announcement coming soon. Thank you, Bodnant Farm, for your warm welcome – we’re over the moon with the shape of tastes to come!


19/Aug/2018
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There are lots of wonderful places to eat on Anglesey (not least at our very own Hay House Bistro!), however, sometimes it’s nice to get out and about and experience the other delights of the island. Here are our pick of the best, we think you should visit them all and hope that you enjoy every last morsel!

White Eagle

The White Eagle’s reputation for fantastic food and drink stretched far and wide, it even appears in the 2014 Michelin Guide. This fantastic pub, a mere walk away from Silver Bay, was refurbished and extended in 2007. The surroundings are idyllic, it’s dog-friendly and the beer is refreshing. Owner Alex Timpson has succeeded in creating the perfect pub for the family or just for you.

Marram Grass

A delightfully quirky restaurant, a renovated potting shed, where all the food is homemade (even the mayo) and the staff are incredibly welcoming, attentive and friendly. The entrance is somewhat hidden to the side of the driveway to a caravan park, but this place is absolutely worth seeking out. The menu is varied and bursting with local produce at brilliant prices. The food is marvelous here, in fact the whole place really is an unexpected joy and we can’t recommend it enough!

 

Dylan’s Restaurant

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Image sourced from Dylan’s Restaurant Website

This absolute gem sits on waterfront beside the Thomas Telford bridge in Menai Bridge. A beautiful, modern two story building with breathtaking views from every table across the Strait. The food is locally sources and the specialty is pizza (made on the premises using traditional techniques) and seafood that comes directly from the Strait, including the world famous Menai mussels. It is a warm, friendly place to enjoy the finest food with all the family.

Tavern on The Bay

Originally built as a marine cottage in 1924, the tavern has become, over the years, one of the premier dining locations in Anglesey. Its recently had a £700,000 refurbishment and is now an absolute joy to visit. The coastal views over Red Wharf and Benllech Beach are spectacular, the menu is creative and varied and this is a place where you can sit back, truly relax and take in the scenery. Fabulous on every level.

Seacroft

A 5 star pub and restaurant with rooms if you fancy staying over (and why not when the environment is as lovely as this?) The Seacroft can be found in Treaddur Bay where you can soak up the spring sunshine on the tiered decking after a walk n the coastal path or simply because you fancy a pint and something splendid to eat. The food is wonderful, fresh and local. The prime steaks are sourced from local butchers and aged for 21 days, there’s a pizza oven and the pizzas (including the famous ‘all day breakfast pizza’) are rolled out to order. Lovely stuff!