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    Quay West Holiday park reveals the top three restaurants in New Quay

    “Where are the best places to eat in New Quay?”

    That’s what I asked Chris Dearnaley, our Entertainments Manager at the glorious Quay West holiday park on New Quay Bay, as he’s been tucking into the local dishes there for the last two years, I figured he’d be the best person to give me the answers I was looking for.

    When buying a holiday people like to take everything in to consideration and if your a bit like me, restaurants and quirky places nearby are a must!

    So we asked some of the team on park what they would recommend to live a local and where the best places to eat are in Quay West.

    Anyway, let’s see if you agree with what I found out from Chris …

    Note: Chris didn’t put these in any particular order, he just said they were all lovely places to eat.


    Distance from Quay West park:
    1 mile (4 minutes in the car, 20 minute walk)
    TripAdvisor rating:
    4.5 stars
    Food: Seafood & Grill
    Prices:£8.95 – £16.95 for adult mains

    Built from scratch by its current owners Carl and Kamil, TraethBar & Grillis a  seaside family restaurant.

    If the hanging baskets and fishing nets aren’t enough to make you feel like you’re dining in a real seaside town – then the view across New Quay Bay certainly will.

    “My favourite thing about the restaurant is definitely the terrace. You get a great view of the harbour from there – it’s literally 180o. It’s amazing.”
    ~ Carl, Co-owner at Traeth Restaurant

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    All the food is homemade. There’s live entertainment of a weekend. And best of all – dogs are welcome on the terraces!

    It’s not often you get such a high quality restaurant that lets the four-legged members of the family join in.
    Plus there’s lift access too (as Traeth is built on top of a store).

    We spoke to one of the owners Carl, and he’s probably the coolest restaurant owner in South Wales. His favourite dish at Traeth is the crab – caught locally and cooked with chorizo, red pepper and garlic. It’s pure crab – 100% fresh.

    But the most popular dish here with customers is the seafood platter – which is literally every seafood starter piled onto one big sharer.

    Veggie options are available too (so that means we can bring our Madi along) and I love the sound of the coconut chilli mushroom & capsicum (also £11.95) – it gets served with coriander rice as well.

    Here’s the menu if you want to whet your appetite.

    By the way, I spied a kids menu when doing my research that includes chicken goujons. My friend has a little girl who pretty much LIVES ongoujons. So if you’ve got fussy eaters in the family, they’d love it here too.


    The Penwig Hotel

    Distance from Quay West park:
    1.1 mile (4 minutes in the car, 20 minute walk)
    TripAdvisor rating:

    4 stars
    Food:Pub food
    Prices: £6.95 – £16.95 for adult mains

    Chris mentioned The Penwig mainly because of its harbour views and the fajitas!

    I’ve always been a fan of fajitas and that whole ‘Spice Corner’ section of the Penwig menu looks super tasty. Still, Chris made a point that the seafood dishes in all three of these restaurants are worth trying.

    Again, there are kids meals here and, all in all, The Penwig is one of the best places in the area to get some real pub grub.

    And if you catch a sunny day, then the outdoor seating area looks like a beautiful spot to spend the afternoon.


    The Black Lion (source

    The Black Lion (source

    The Black Lion

    Distance from Quay West park:
    Just under a mile (3 minutes in the car, 20 minute walk)
    TripAdvisor rating:

    4.5 stars
    Food:Homemade meat & fish dishes
    Prices:£7.95 – £14.85 for adult mains

    Everything I’ve heard about The Black Lion restaurant, I LOVE …

    • 8oz Aberdeen Angus sirloin steak, served with a flat Mushroom, cherry tomatoes and home cut chips* (here’s the example dinner menu if you don’t fancy steak)
    • Homemade cheesecake of the day, served with fruit coulis.
    • A lunch menu for when you’re wandering about New Quay during the afternoon.
    • Local draught beers served at the bar.
    • Outdoor seating area on the grass, with sea views.
    • Kids play area with climbing frames. If I had kids, I’d love this too.

    *Chris is a big fan of the homemade chips here and likes to take friends/family to this lovely little spot, whenever they visit him at the park.

    My favourite thing about this place is that it’s part of the Dylan Thomas trail. I always like a restaurant with a bit of history built-in. And to think the poet enjoyed a pint or two in here is brilliant. I’ll definitely be following in his footsteps when I visit South Wales.


    It’s easy to see why Chris has so many warm memories of all three places mentioned.Which of them do you fancy the most?Or have you been before? Let us know in the comments and we’ll keep the conversation going.