in Borth-y-Gest by Mary Howe
The Bobbing Boats café existed
in the village of Borth-y-Gest near Porthmadog in Gwynedd on the beach front near the
Ebenezer Chapel from 1938 to the late 60s. It was run by two unmarried
sisters, Mary Howe and her eldest sister, Sarah.
During the time of its existence Mary Howe wrote a
detailed account of the café
and the things associated with it - its operation, its furniture, its staff, its
garden and even its clients.
Richard Walwyn, the author of
A Little History of Borth-y-Gest, is the nephew of
the sisters and Mary's 'monstrous typescript' was found after Mary's death in
Recently Richard, a resident of the village, has
painstakingly retyped and edited Mary’s document to
make this book.
Both the sisters are described as eccentric by Richard, who says 'they became
well known in the village'. Of the café
Richard says: 'It was a café
come craft shop. It was Mary's thing. She was the driving force behind it.
But she had absolutely no concept of the meaning or value of money.
'Mary's eldest sister, Sarah, was good at accounts and
she looked after the financial side of things and helped with the cooking but had no input into the
aesthetic side of it. They made a splendid
team and the cafe became a sort of an institution in the area. It had clientele
who returned again and again and Mary employed quite a lot of young women from
The Bobbing Boats: A Café
by Mary Howe
has 150 pages, 13 illustrations, 8 of which are in colour, and is paperback, A5 size and its ISBN No is
date: 3rd March 2020.
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