‘On the Isle of Anglesey, lies the beautiful seaside town of Beaumaris. I’d been keen to go for various reasons, but none more than checking out The Little Chilli Shop…’
If you like living life on the edge, you can visit The Little Chilli Shop and have your face melted off. And who doesn’t want to do that?? No one; that’s who.
The Little Chilli Shop is easily to locate due to its pretty pastel pink facade and it’s very friendly (and not at all fierce looking) dragon guarding the door.
The store quietly entices innocent passers-by into its spicy realms with the promise of deadly heat. Not literally deadly, you understand, but figuratively speaking. No harm will actually come to you by visiting the premises. Or will it…? *cue evil laugh*
Chillis, as far as the eye can see…
This gorgeous little emporium is stacked from floor to ceiling with an eye-watering array of chilli from around the world. Being proudly Welsh, it also has homegrown beauties, which blew my own kitchen garden attempts right out of the water.
The shop is the brainchild of owners, Tim and Suzanne. It’s clear this is a couple who appreciate spicy food and want to share it with the good people of North Wales and beyond.
Walking into the store was my idea of Heaven. I am the woman who orders vindaloo curry and always, ALWAYS gets a bit of side eye from the waiter who wants to check if I really know what I’m doing. Finding a shop that stocks so much chilli that it makes vindaloo look like vanilla ice cream is clearly somewhere I need to be.
There are dozens of jars and tubs across the shelves, reminiscent of an old curiosity shop. As well as selling the raw ingredients, the guys also produce their own range of award winning products. These are all packed in eye catching jars with fiery red writing and some of the best names I’ve ever seen.
‘The couple even go as far as to tag some of their brands under the label ‘hot stuff’ – like it’s not ALL quite spicy… ‘
This stuff is clearly not for the casual chilli eater…this is for those with a constitution of steel and a passion for watering eyes and running noses. In other words: me.
Beware of The ‘Beast’
A chilli sauce called ‘Bad Boy’ informs you that it’ll heat you up, whilst ‘The Beast’ chilli sauce is potent from across the room, and will almost certainly separate the experienced from the, quite frankly, weak. These people are commonly, in my household, known as ‘Husband”. I very much like to think of myself as someone who could handle The Beast, so to speak.
As well as sauces, the shop does a range of chilli jams, ketchup, mustard, a range of pickles and chutneys (including a fabulous beetroot pickle). Basically, if you can put chilli in it; they make it.
What the owners also have is a lovely tasting plate. This lets you (if you’re brave enough) try the produce before you buy. Some are mild and others are…well, the farthest thing from mild that you can possibly think of.
While I was in the shop, I was standing behind a Scottish tourist. She’d just tried a tiny amount of something that should, evidently, have come with a warning, as she was unable to speak afterwards. In the end, she just nodded her head and went outside. Presumably, to drink large volumes of water from the Irish Sea. Rather helpfully, this is located just a street away.
As I was leaving, I bumped into one of the owners. He was coming back from town with a tray of chilli chocolate. It looked amazing, but I thought it rude to mug him in the street, so I left him be.
If you love all things hot and spicy, this little treasure is well worth a trip across the bridge for.
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