Beaumaris Pub's revenge as Dickens returns


Geraint Jones

STAFF at an Anglesey pub which Charles Dickens slated during his stay on the Island will hope for a more pleasant visit from his great great grandson.

The legendary writer stayed at Ye Olde Bulls Head in Beaumaris while he covered the Royal Charter sinking in 1859 for the Illustrated London News, and later wrote a scathing attack on the inn’s food in one of his books.

Gerald Charles Dickens will perform an evening of readings at the pub on Tuesday, November 6, and says he is looking forward to visiting the pub his ancestor frequented.

He said: “It’s amazing to think I will be in the same bar, the same room where he once was.

“It will be a first for me and I am really looking forward to it.”
Gerald, known across the globe for his one-man shows, will perform readings from famous Dickens novels in the bar, among antique furniture and artefacts, and also in front of a crackling log fire in the lounge.

Charles Dickens wrote a scathing attack on the pub’s food in The Uncommercial Traveller.

He wrote: “Count up your injuries in its side dishes of ailing sweetbreads in white poultices, of apothecaries’ powders in rice for curry, of pale stewed bits of calf ineffectually relying for an adventitious interest on forcemeat balls.”

Ye Olde Bulls Head’s owner Keith Rothwell and chefs Steve Neeves and Hefin Roberts are planning their tongue-in-cheek “revenge” on Dickens and his family by serving up a traditional Victorian culinary surprise at the event.

Keith said: “I think we can forgive the mean-spirited Mr Dickens all these years later.

“We serve award-winning food now in award-winning surroundings. But that’s another story!”

Homemade traditional treats will be available, including pork scratchings, cooked cockles and roasted chestnuts, along with  rabbit and lamb.
Staff will dress in Dickensian garb on the night.
The evening starts at 5.30pm and entry is free.

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