Menai Bridge (Welsh: Porthaethwy) is located on the banks of the Menai Strait in the shadow of the Menai Bridge on Anglesey North Wales. It sits between the towns of Beaumaris to the east and Llamfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch to the west; yes, the town with the long name is close by!
Menai Bridge is a busy little town with a wide range of buildings including the old court house, a number of old pubs and the buildings associated with the wood-yard. There is a number of churches and chapels including a Welsh Presbyterian church and Catholic church. To satisfy the demand for accommodation in this picturesque location many properties have been converted into holiday cottages including: terraced cottages, redundant chapels, harbour buildings, port workshops and warehouses. Times are changing and many of the old businesses have closed or moved out of town. However a walk around the town shows the wide variety of services still available in Menai Bridge: travel agents; estate agents; banks; cafes; music shops; stationers; ironmongers; chandlers; and, probably because of its seafaring connections, a disproportionately large number of pubs for a town of it's size. I suspect that nowadays many of the pubs are rather more "restaurants that serve beer" than old-fashioned drinking dens.
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