The old Sea Shanty Cafe closed in 2002 after 60 odd years of trading, and nothing seemed to be able to fill the hole that this loss left in Trearddur Bay.
There was a desperate need to provide an amenity in the same place, but in a modern context and giving the Bay a proper sense of “place”. Designed to make Trearddur Bay better for everybody, the ‘new’ Sea Shanty Cafe was born in a larger premises, licensed, with a larger kitchen, larger seating area and a larger menu, opening its doors in July 2016.
Employing nearly 80 people during the summer months and around 60 off-season, the business is also able to make significant contributions to local good causes, something the owner is passionate about. With a brief to enchant children too, the interior is populated with curiosities to intrigue old and young, while the Edwardian ice cream parlour and fully restored Nickelodeon work their inevitable magic.
A memorial to beaches and boating, the building also celebrates the local craftsmen who contributed to its unusual interior and the materials used are a monument to recycling. Other exhibits bring to life some local history of Trearddur Bay, Holyhead and Anglesey while others are simply there to bring a smile.