Plan Your Stay on Cardigan Bay

Cafés Pubs and Restaurants

People enjoying a meal in West Wales  

There are a growing number of excellent places to eat and drink around Cardigan Bay. I don't claim to have tried all of them - yet, but here are some that I like and I'm sure you will find a favourite amongst them.

I do not charge for this listing and if you have your own recomendation then please let me know.

Bara Menyn Bakehouse Cafe

Breakfasts, Light lunches, speciality coffees and home made cakes. Artisan bread freshly baked on the premise. Relaxing and comfortable Tuesday to Saturday 10-5. Next door to Custom House on St. Mary's street ( turn down by shoe shop ) A great place to enjoy a good coffee and delicious food.

Pizza Tipi

Just across from Cardigan Castle, below The Grosvenor. Pass under the archway to discover Cardigan's hidden treat. Mostly outdoors, though some shelter under the tipi, this is a lovely spot to enjoy some low key music and delicious pizzas cooked on a wood fired oven and delicious fresh salad beside the Teifi. Perfect relaxing spot to enjoy a super sweet flapjack or chocolate brownie with your morning coffee. Closed in the winter.

Food for Thought

A deservedly popular cafe at the top of Cardigan high street a few doors before the turning down to The Mwldan. Great value for lunch and a comfy spot for morning coffee or afternoon tea. The sofas eat you up, the armchairs in the window are perfect for watching the lively high street. Try the cakes and you are sure to keep coming back.

Caemorgan Mansion Restaurant

Follow the bypass uphill past Tesco's and take the first left onto Caemorgan Road. The restaraunt is at the end of the lane, with welcoming lights along the drive. The food is fantastic and the wood burning stove in the middle of the room ensures a warm very comfortable evening even in winter. The locally sourced ingredients are presented with style and imagination. The Sautéed Scallops with bacon and sage and white wine reduction was fantastic and we were spoiled for choice with the deserts. Will definitely return!
Tel: 01239 613297

Fernhill Lodge Licensed Restaurant

Always a warm and friendly welcome at Cardigan's Fernhill Lodge Restaurant.
Come and dine in elegant comfort in a Country House ambiance with log fires when it's chilly outside, soft music and crystal chandeliers. Home made cuisine of the highest standard, desserts that simply must not be missed and a good selection of fine wines. Vegetarian, vegan and celiac catered for. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Parties of up to 24 welcome any day of the week. Bookings Advisable 01239 682635.

1176 at Cardigan Castle

A floating box of glass and slate perched on the castle walls provides a great vantage point to view the gardens on one side and the high street and river on the other. The entrance is either through the castle or if you just want to visit the café use the door below the castle entrance and follow the stairs up. There are facilities for disabled visitors.

Seating is available indoors and out. The salads and cakes are lovely! Opening times: Lunch 10am - 4pm Dinner from 6.30pm on Friday and Saturday nights Sunday Lunch - booking recommended call 01239 562 002

Coach House Cafe

Located at the entrance to St.Dogmaels Abbey in St.Dogmael's, the Coach House is a great friendly place for breakfast, a light lunch, or lovely afternoon tea. On sunny days, sitting outside with a great view of the abbey is a particularly relaxed experience. Fully licensed with selection of wines and locally brewed beers and ciders.

Daffodil Inn of Penrhiwllan

The Daffodil gastro pub is situated in the village of Penrhiwllan near the market town of Newcastle Emlyn. The quality of the food and the imaginative presentation of dishes makes this a real treat.

Gardd y Nos Restaurant and Bar, Aberporth
Unfortunately this restaurant has now closed.

Café Mwldan

Unfortunately Café Mwldan is currently closed, but refreshments are available at the bar

The Plwmp Tart

The Plwmp Tart is a little cafe housed in the old farm cart house just a few minutes walk from the glorious sandy beach of Penbryn. Serving light lunches, homemade cakes and pastries, great coffee and Welsh ice-cream. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere with all welcome ( including your four legged friends!) Open Easter - October and some dates out of season, check the Facebook page for more info.

Coracles Restaurant and Bar

Open for Traditional Sunday Lunches & Evening Meals. Phone 01239 710345 for details & reservations. Within Coracles leisure complex there is a comfortable restaurant serving quality meals and a friendly welcome in equal measures and there's a select lounge bar for a quiet drink in a convivial atmosphere. In high season a programme of varied entertainment features in the impressive function room. Enjoy an intimate gathering in good company with first class menu. Or if you just want to pop over for a drink amongst friends, we'd be just as delighted to welcome you.

Harbourmaster Aberaeron

The Guardian December 19, 2009 50 Favourite Festive Pubs tells you all you need to know about this excellent restaurant - The Harbour Master.
Malcolm Gluck, wine critic..."It takes dedication to get here, I recently returned from a weekend stay - it is also a hotel....Its secret? Owners Glyn and Menna Heulyn see it as an extension of their family. Indeed the place - and its chattering, pretention-loathing locals - are family. The beers (numerous) are local, the food is local, the staff are local and the weather local."... "Over my weekend I enjoyed a Gavi di Gavi, An Alsace gewurtztraminer, an Argentinian malbec, an albarino and a bottle of Chateau Batailley Grand Cru Pauillac 2004 (for a bargain £45)."

Aberystwyth Arts Centre Café

This popular Café with a stunning view over Aberystwyth town to the sea, offers a mouth-watering selection of freshly made salads, hot meals and snacks, plus plates full of homemade cakes!
Hot lunches are served from 12 noon with vegetarian options always available.

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).

Egon Ronay recommended Vegetarian Self Service Restaurant for lunch and light refreshments.

Crown Inn Llwndafydd
Real Ale and good food at the bar or in the restaurant.
Delightful setting.

Look out for festivals around Cardigan Bay, especially the food festivals!

February 2017

Eli Acheson-Elmassry : Mediterranean

Eli Acheson-Elmassry : Mediterranean Saturday 28th January 2017 - Saturday 18th March Location: Oriel Mwldan

Eli Acheson-Elmassry is interested in gaining and exploring a dominance over items that appear to proscribe her daily life and which have emotional significance, or which by their usage, are involved in power struggles with her own preferred idea of a personal identity. This creative activity probes social issues and the wider political domains, including the complex strata of the realisation of personality.

Gardening Weekend

Gardening Weekend Friday 17th February 2017 - Sunday 19th February Location: Tysul Hall

The three-day event is the perfect start to your gardening year with expert talks on everything from growing fruit and vegetables to attracting bees and butterflies. A wide array of garden-related stands including primulas, hellebores, herbaceous plants, shrubs, daffodils and other winter bulbs. On the edible front, potatoes and herbs will be available for a head start on your veggie gardening. Garden related gifts, and paintings, garden furniture including bird boxes and bird tables. Garden/plant societies, days out to local gardens and many more. gardening weekendRefreshments: There will be a tea shop in the hall, open all day, serving delicious home baked cakes and refreshments

Lampeter Beer Festival 2017

Lampeter Beer Festival 2017 Saturday 18th February 2017 Location: University of Wales Lampeter Trinity Saint David

A selection of ales and ciders from across Wales, live entertainment and refreshments. A Beer Festival with a Welsh theme! Over a dozen ales and ciders from across Wales. Food and live music on site. The festival is taking place in the Arts Hall at the University in Lampeter. All welcome (18+) You can have a drink and get the bus home - Last busses from Lampeter to Cribyn, Felinfach, Aberaeron and Aberystwyth (10.50pm) and Llanybydder, New Inn and Carmarthen (8.54pm) Bus Timetable

March 2017

Eli Acheson-Elmassry : Mediterranean

Eli Acheson-Elmassry : Mediterranean Saturday 28th January 2017 - Saturday 18th March Location: Oriel Mwldan

Eli Acheson-Elmassry is interested in gaining and exploring a dominance over items that appear to proscribe her daily life and which have emotional significance, or which by their usage, are involved in power struggles with her own preferred idea of a personal identity. This creative activity probes social issues and the wider political domains, including the complex strata of the realisation of personality.

St David’s Day at Cardigan Castle

St David’s Day at Cardigan Castle Wednesday 1st March 2017 Location: Cardigan Castle

Treat yourself on St David’s Day with an afternoon tea and the beautiful sound of the harp in 1176 cafe. Local harpist Sarah-Jane Absalom will be entertaining diners from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday March 1 as part of the castle’s St David’s Day celebrations. Please ring to book a table

Natural Dyeing Workshop

Natural Dyeing Workshop Wednesday 15th March 2017 - Thursday 16th March Location: National Wool Museum

Learn how to make blue dye with WOAD and over dye yellow for glorious greens.