New Quay, or Cei Newydd, is a pretty and bustling holiday village that is popular between the months of April to October, off peak season it is a haven of tranquility. It has a harbor, fishing, sightseeing boats, dolphin watching excursions and water sports.


The car parking is limited by the beaches with thirty minute parking restrictions in place if you can manage to find a space, but there is plenty of reasonably priced, pay and display parking at the top of the hill.

It’s been a little while since I last visited New Quay, so on a bright and fair weathers Saturday morning we drove to take New Quay to take breakfast and a stroll along the harbor.

We decided to take breakfast at the Blue Bell Bistro and Deli. A friendly bistro with a lively atmosphere. It has stunning views from its upstairs balconies, meanwhile there is an outdoor eating option should you wish to breathe in the sea air at pavement level. I found the staff to be chirpy, professional and helpful and the food to be good value for money and delicious.  It was certainly good to enjoy a decent bite out before a taking a stroll along the harbor and I would like to visit again to sample their evening menu.

Originally New Quay was not a village, instead it was a simple stone jetty built about 1700. Within the next hundred years a thriving shipbuilding was becoming a well established industry, maritime shipping was flourishing and New Quay had go grown to be a sizable town.  Whilst the stone pier that was built circa 1836 helped New Quay to compete as a ship building centre against larger towns such as Cardigan and Aberystwyth.  Though sadly this success was short-lived as the rise of steel and steam powered ships along with new railway networks resulted in the decline of the traditional marine trade.  New Quay built its last ship in 1878 and switched its attention to tourism to secure its future.

New Quay’s relationship has proved to be a long and successful one and today it is still very tourism dependant with popular caravan parks around its perimeter. With excellent, sandy beaches, un-spoilt charm and beautiful views across Cardigan Bay it is not surprising that it still attracts holiday makers.


There are plenty of restaurants and cafes that make the most of the daily catches made by fishing boats that  land shellfish, lobsters, crabs and excellent fish including sea bass. Whether you are looking for a fine dish or seafood or a good plate of fish and chips, it is certain that New Quay will be able to satisfy your culinary taste buds.

Well, it I certain that I will be exploring some more history and culinary delights in New Quay again soon, but in the meantime I shall be preparing for a homebirth and finishing off my latest book on childhood food.

About Seren Charrington-Hollins

ABOUT SEREN-CHARRINGTON-HOLLINS Describing my work through just one job title is difficult; because my professional life sees me wear a few hats: Food Historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. I have a great passion for social and food history and in addition to researching food history and trends I have also acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout history for a number of International Companies. In addition to being regularly aired on radio stations; I have made a number of television appearances on everything from Sky News through to ITV’s Country House Sunday, Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman , BBC4’s Castle’s Under Siege, BBC South Ration Book Britain; Pubs that Built Britain with Hairy Bikers and BBC 2’s Inside the Factory. Amongst other publications my work has been featured in Period Living Magazine, Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Great British Food Magazine and I write regularly for a variety of print and online publications. I am very fortunate to be able to undertake work that is also my passion and never tire of researching; recreating historical recipes and researching changing domestic patterns. Feel free to visit my blog,