July 14, 2014 by lovenellie
This week I have been away to stunning Anglesey, blessed with the most amazing weather. I enjoyed a fab week of beautiful beaches and lovely walks, but as much as I could fill pages and pages with all the amazing things to see and do on the island it was whilst stopping for lunch that I was wowed by some seriously good restaurant décor and styling.
It was so nice to visit Dylans Restaurant in Menai Bridge, I popped in quite by chance only originally looking for a quick coffee but as soon as I saw the menu and the ambience of the restaurant … not to mention the view I suddenly found myself ordering a fish finger burger.!!! Rude not to!!!
I felt inspired by the décor of the place, the restaurant had been thoughtfully styled to reflect its seaside location without lots of cliché décor touches, fishing nets, plastic lobster,life-rings and fish tanks etc.. The décor was a clever mix of modern and vintage pieces with a nod to its nautical location without looking like a theme park. What really inspired me was the salvage element to the design and the combination between the modern building and the carefully chosen furniture and decoration used to add character to the space.
The bar had been created using old tin ceiling tiles and combined with the tolix style metal bar stools it creates an inviting and funky space.
Everywhere you looked there were clever touches, I loved the use of the glass fishing floats to create a display on an old shelf combined with the old ale bottles it really worked without looking too twee. The collection of vintage clocks on the entrance wall was a lovely touch and combined with one of my favourite pieces to add character to a room – the Amish barn stars it all just worked so well.
The waiters station looked to be an old industrial reception desk, but the wire racking above the desk was perfectly re purposed to be able to store the menus, ketchups and cutlery and looked fantastic. The wall of the restaurant had been tiled using utility style white tiles with a blue trim running around the room to give that vintage kitchen feel which worked perfectly when combined with the modern large windows which flooded the space with light. The tiles made me think of an old fish market…. in a cool, less smelly kind of way!
The whole ambience was great and it got me to thinking how important it is to create that special unique vibe when considering a restaurant or shop space .A cleverly thought out interior scheme only adds to the customer experience, it was lovely to see a local independent Restaurant get so right what so many large chains get so wrong. Granted the food needs to be amazing too but its the added touches that make it a really special place to go and enjoy. The food was even served in vintage style mini crates and if you had decided to sit outside and got a bit chilly there was a trolley of beautiful welsh blankets that you could borrow to keep you warm.
Just along from the restaurant I also discovered a gem of a shop and if your in the area its well worth popping in, Mandy Watkins who owns Space Like this is a fellow Interior Designer and she has amazing taste, her shop was filled with lovely things and I could happily have stayed chatting with her all morning. So if you are in the area pop in, she also has a great website.
So all in all a fab morning trip to Menai Bridge and I cant recommended Anglesey enough, I just love it. If your looking for amazing accommodation then so check out Boltholes and Hideaways who have some of the most lovely cottages on the Island.
Right that’s me done, I’m feeling peckish wish I was closer so i could pop over and have another Fish Finger Burger.!!! Oh well toast it is then.