Louise and Chester Rendell are long-time residents of Paihia and originally purchased the property in 1983 when it was a Motel and Tea House. It took about six weeks for them to work out that there was no money in “scones, jam and cream”, and it wasn’t long before the ‘Courtyard Restaurant’ morphed out of the original Tea House. The Courtyard enjoyed a successful run and later became ‘Bistro 40’ in 1988 and then ‘Only Seafood’ was established above Bistro 40 in 1991. The businesses were subsequently sold and premises leased in 1995. Louise and Chester continued to live on the property.

‘Bayswater’ was launched in 2007. Over the last 12 years, Bayswater has become a very popular place for people to stay in Paihia. Louise and Chester hope you will come and stay at Bayswater and enjoy what Paihia and the beautiful Bay of Islands have to offer.

Fast forward to 2019, the emergence of JFC – Louise and Chester decided to re-open the restaurant on site, with the simple aim of providing just good, honest fish & chips. JFC only purchases fresh fish and serves delicious crunchy chips which are handmade at the restaurant. Produce is sourced in the Bay of Islands first, Northland and certainly New Zealand if at all possible.

At JFC you can dine inside/outside or order a takeaway. We are fully licensed with a great selection of craft beers and wines.

So here you have it – Bayswater holiday home on the same site as JFC – Just Fish & Chips – couldn’t be easier.


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40 Marsden Road, Paihia 0200, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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