Monday, 25 August 2014

Brecwast at The Marram Grass Café, Anglesey

The Welsh word for breakfast is ‘brecwast’ and this August Bank Holiday, I went back to my roots and visited my home island of Anglesey in North Wales.

And clearly number one priority after giving my Mum and Greyhound a big cuddle and making sure there was a roast dinner happening on the Sunday, was finding a good place for breakfast.

My friend suggested we tried The Marram Grass Café in Newborough on Anglesey and what a little gem this place is.

Summer days on Anglesey

Marram grass is the long greenery found on beach sand dunes which help to prevent coastal erosion. And the very aptly named cafe is tucked away on a camp site close to one of Anglesey’s many beautiful beaches as well as the romantic tiny island of Llanddwyn – great if you want to walk off your breakfast, which we tried to do before the famous Welsh weather decided to rain on our parade.

But don’t let Marram Grass being on a camp site put you off. I’m certainly very far away from being a happy camper. Glastonbury, while I enjoyed it, the mud put me off camping ever again. I’m much more of a breakfast in a chic B&B kind-of-girl, rather than warming up some beans on a camping stove dressed in wellies and a jumper. But Marram Grass’ breakfast was so far away from any kind of soggy camping grub.

Run by two brothers, Marram Grass has a relaxed countryside vibe - in fact it felt like it was set on an allotment. As you walk up to the café, there are picnic benches sat between tall sunflowers, wild blossoms, and even branches weighed down by luscious plump pears.

Outdoor seating at Marram Grass Cafe

Anyone for a pear?

Escape to the country

The café itself is adorned with colourful hanging baskets, and it has a porch area covered with heavy vines loaded with grapes. Rain battered garden furniture sits underneath, while we sat ourselves down on a wooden table made out of a recycled crate.

Indoors however, was cozy with a licensed bar selling local beer (it is open all day) decorated with kitsch signs.

The indoor/outdoor seating area at Marram Grass

Grapes hanging on the vines 

We settled down under the vines to a simple menu with six options, and I decided on the Full Welsh (£5.00 – yes you read that right £5.00, at those prices I can forgive the spellings mistakes on the menu!), while my friend had the Halloumi Breakfast at the same price.

The Full Welsh brecwast came with sausage, bacon, black pudding, beans, poached egg, roast tomato and chive mushrooms, as well as refillable tea or coffee – not bad at less than the price of a glass of vino in London.

Breakfast tea and dappled sunshine under the vines

Marram Grass Breakfast Menu

I know I’ve said, again and again how I’m not into my Full English Breakfasts, but I definitely wasn’t in a greasy spoon, so I gave it a gamble, and it paid off.

The Full Welsh at Marram Grass on Anglesey

Halloumi breakfast at Marram Grass
Making the most of Anglesey’s fantastic local produce, the sausage was thick and herby, the bacon crisp, while the roasted tomatoes were firm and satisfying, all mopped up with a crusty doorstep slice of toast. Topped off with some world-famous Anglesey sea salt, Halen Mon, on the table - I was rather impressed. 

Halen Mon sea salt

I may be biased, but the produce on Anglesey is some of the best in the UK. Sitting in the quiet countryside, enjoying my second cup of tea handed to me with a lovely smile, it was a pretty good way to spend a lazy Sunday morning on Anglesey. 

Watching the world go by at Marram Grass Cafe

Marram Grass
White Lodge, Penlon, Newborough, Isle of Anglesey, LL61 6RS
01248 44 00 77