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About Us, The Area &  The History

Purchased in July 2021 from Brains Brewery, who purchased the former public house, then closed it down in 2016. Brains then subsequently put in a planning application to convert it from a public house into a letting rooms to the approx cost of £500,000 to add additional bed space to another property they owned in New Quay.

The work was completed in 2020, opening up for just a short time before Covid-19 forced Wales and the rest of the UK back into lockdown, then seeing Brains reduce their business leasing out some of its 156 pubs / properties to Marstons, a midlands based brewery. The Dolau Inn then became part of a Brains property sell off, hence where we are today.

The recently renovated Dolau Inn with its now 8 spacious rooms, each named after characters from ‘Dylan Thomas’s last play written, ‘Under Milk Wood’ a nod to his time spent in New Quay and the possible basis for the writing of the radio play that then became a stage play, its thought completed just before its 1st performance went live on stage in New York.


Dylan Thomas frequented in New Quay during 1944 & 1945 and its very likely that Llarreggub  ‘the cliff perched town at the far ends of wales’ featured in in this play and is based on the village. 


The Dolau Inn, before being transformed into its current state was a fond watering hole of Dylan when he was in New Quay , he lived at 'Majoda' towards Llanina during the years he was here and its believed that characters in ‘under milk wood’ were based on locals that he met during his time here.

The debate still goes on to whether Llarraggub was New Quay or Laugharn something we will never now know.

Our Sister Property 

We have another property in New Quay situated at the top of the hill on the right hand side as you drive down towards the harbour, The Black Lion Hotel a 9 Bedroom Hotel & Public House With Spacious En-suite Rooms, 5 Of Which Have Sea Views 2 of those from the 1st and 2nd floor with triple aspect sea views giving you breathtaking views out over Cardigan bay


Lunch & Evening Meals Are Served In Our Dining Room & We also currently have a marquee which we have kept since the pandemic regulations, beyond this we have an Oak Framed Gazebo Complete With Heaters For Those Chillier Days & Nights Is Complete With A Large Screen TV Showing Most Major Sporting Events  (All  Subject To Availability -  currently showing Sky Sports  & BT Sports

Table Bookings For lunch & Evening Meals Recommended

To Make A Food Table Reservation Call 01545 560 122

Or Click The Link To Our Website For Dining Options 


We Serve Lunch & Evening Meals In The Dining Room, All Tables Are On A 2hr Basis


The wonders of Cardigan Bay

Bottlenose dolphins are present all year round in cardigan bay along with Harbour porpoise who also a frequent the area.

The coastline between New Quay and Cardigan is noted for its marine wildlife which also includes many marine birds & grey seals. During the summer months sightings of sun fish and many types of jellyfish are visible in the waters around the bay.

Dolphins are wild free animals so there is no guarantee of a sighting, but from May time on during the summer months are the best times to spot them , There's no good time but early morning, evening and immediately after high tide and calm seas all help to spot them frolicking in the bay.

New Quay is a central hub to a Pod of up to 30 bottlenose dolphins, often utilising the reef area as a feeding ground due to the abundance of food there.

New Quay is also a place of migration for many species of seabird including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmar and Manx shearwater to name a few, these birds often cross entire oceans and return to the same 4" of rock face to make nests for their chick's.
Because New Quay is a North facing headland/bay it is very sheltered from the UK's prevailing south-westerly conditions, this makes the waters sheltered and safe for boats and wildlife alike.

There are several companies in New Quay that do a variety of boat trips for you to catch a glimpse of the marine wildlife in the area , varying from short 1 hour trips to all day fishing trips.

( we will in the coming weeks update this to include links boat trips and other activities in and around New Quay )

Photos Courtesy of Dafydd Lewis & Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips  

For Boat Trip Bookings Click On the Links Below 

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