Sosban & The Old Butcher's Restaurant
“Divertingly compelling cooking from a local hero” - AA Inspector
MENAI BRIDGE, ISLE OF ANGLESEY
Our Inspector's view
Dining at Sosban is a hot ticket, and definitely not your everyday restaurant experience. There is only room for 16 souls at any one time and it only happens three evenings and one lunch a week. But once you’re inside you don’t have to do much but give yourself over to the prodigiously talented Stephen Stevens, who will serve up his no-choice menu at a fixed time. Allow four hours from start to finish. The one-time butcher’s shop on the high street has a rustic simplicity reflecting its former life, and it perfectly suits the modern mood. The procession of dishes displays amazing creativity, compelling visuals, and mightily impressive flavours. Reindeer moss is a stellar opening mouthful, rich with mushroom and fermented egg yolk, and your off, on to raw hand-dived scallop with ox heart, smoked broccoli and turnip. Next up, kale and chicken caesar, before you’re moving on to lamb’s tail with artichoke, leek and shrimp. Duck with beetroot, anise, yogurt and mustard leaf follows. Rhubarb and custard gets a reappraisal when a crisp rhubarb sphere is filled with duck egg custard and hits of rhubarb from poached and freeze-dried fruit. Complex, creative cuisine at its best and well worth the wait.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 12
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Days Closed: Sunday to Wednesday
- Lunch served from: 12.30
- Lunch served until: 1.30
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 11
- Wines under £30: 16
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 7
- Cuisine style: Modern
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About The area
Discover Isle of Anglesey
Some of the oldest rocks in Britain form the 125-mile coastline of the 85 square mile Anglesey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which includes Holy Island with its busy port of Holyhead, the terminus for the Dublin ferry. The terrain inland is mainly a fertile plateau worn flat by the action of the sea, with low ridges and shallow valleys, while the sheer limestone cliffs of the east coast and on the north coast at Holyhead Mountain represent some of the most spectacular sea cliffs in Britain.
On the steep northern and eastern cliffs, guillemots, choughs, cormorants and razorbills nest, while on the huge precipice of Gogarth Bay on lighthouse-topped South Stack (Ynys Lawd) on Holyhead Mountain, expert rock climbers now find their sport where local people formerly harvested gulls’ eggs from the vertiginous ledges.
Anglesey has a wealth of prehistoric remains. On the slopes of Holyhead Mountain, a collection of over 50 hut circles and rectangular enclosures, known as Cytiau’r Gwyddelod (Irishmen’s Huts), are thought to date from the Bronze Age and were still in use in Romano-British times, and many finds indicate the wealth of Iron Age culture on the island.
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