Plan Your Stay on Cardigan Bay

Cafés Pubs and Restaurants

People enjoying a meal in West Wales  

Let us share the local knowledge of the very best places to relax and enjoy good food and drink in a special setting.

Sample the tastes of Cardiganshire at the Cardigan Bay food Festivals

There are some great places to eat and drink around Cardigan Bay. The problem is finding those extra special places, particularly on your first visit.

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.

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

Café Mwldan is open Monday - Saturday from 10.30am-5pm through the summer months. It is a small family run business in the Theatre foyer area serving freshly ground coffee, light lunches and handmade cakes and pastries. The cafe also serves freshly made fruit milkshakes and smoothies along with fresh apple and orange juice. The Mwldan bar is available to serve alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks during the lunch period also. The cafe has a friendly family environment and also has some outdoor seating. Children's meals are also available. Bookings for groups and parties can also be taken at the box office on 01239 621200

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!

November 2014

Coracles and the Teifi Exhibition

Friday 22nd August 2014 - Sunday 30th November Location: Hammet House Hotel

A coracle is a hand-made work of art. Each one, like the pieces in this exhibition, is an expression of its maker. I'm passionate about creating exciting and emotive images that capture both the coraclers and the character of the Teifi waters, by combining bold composition with movement, colour, and texture. deborah withey

Fimbulwinter

Saturday 11th October 2014 - Saturday 29th November Location: Mwldan

In his recent work, Fitzjohn explores concerns regarding our changing climate. Themes focused in our consciousness buy the recent storms that devastated our coastline reminding us of the fluid and changeable nature of our landscape. The installation is titled Fimbulwinter, which in Norse mythology is a period of three successive winters, an environmental disaster that is the immediate prelude to the end of the world. While the world may not be ending, it is changing and this work responds to this by imagining of the end of things as they are, the mutability and adaptability of nature and the hope embedded in possible futures. EXHIBITION OPENING An opening reception will be held at 3pm on Saturday 11th October to launch this exhibition - there is a warm welcome to all. Come and join us for tea, cake and fizz!

Ceredigion Craft Makers Fair at Aberaeron

Monday 27th October 2014 - Saturday 1st November Location: Aberaeron Tabernacle

Ceredigion Craft Makers are a co-operative of artists, designer makers and craftspeople who live and work in Ceredigion. At each event there will be a selection of members from CCM

Abertoir Festival

Tuesday 11th November 2014 - Sunday 16th November Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Abertoir - Wales' International Horror Festival

Wales' International Horror Festival

This year the festival has taken over Aberystwyth’s steam train' The Vale of Rheidol' and will be offering an atmospheric Edwardian train journey, drinks and a screening of the Peter Cushing / Christopher Lee classic  Horror Express on the platform itself - not to be missed! The full programme for ABERTOIR 2014 is here: http://www.abertoir.co.uk/2014-festival/2014-schedule

Christmas Craft and Food Fair

Saturday 29th November 2014 Location: National Wool Museum

This popular annual craft fair will, this year, also be featuring the best of local foods. No need to go further for your Christmas shopping. The range of stalls will include country crafts, textile crafts, wood work, soaps, candles, fudges, jams, Christmas puddings and much more. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase unique gifts and home-made foods for Christmas and support local producers around Cardigan Bay

December 2014

Summer Grass Winter Worm Exhibition

Saturday 6th December 2014 - Saturday 24th January Location: Mwldan

Ian Watson was born and raised in the South of England, studied Fine Art at Hastings College and later completed a fine art degree at Howard Gardens, Cardiff. He now lives and works in Cardiff, having spent over a decade working in film and television post production. The drawings and paintings found in this exhibition are largely informed by a misspent youth hiding out with like-minded mutants in video rental shops and woodlands of East Sussex, head buried in headphones, soaking up the occult messages from a collection of heavy metal cassettes

Cardigan Castle Christmas Fair

Saturday 13th December 2014 Location: Cardigan Guildhall

  • Christmas Craft stalls
  • Festive Music
  • Mulled Wine & Mince Pies
  • Children’s Entertainment
  • Santa
  • Children’s Activities
Proceeds in support of the Cardigan Castle Restoration Project Organised by Cadwgan Sponsored by Menter Aberteifi

Santa Special Trains

Sunday 14th December 2014 Location: Vale of Rheidol Railway

Meet Santa and his Helpers at the Vale of Rheidol Railway for some festive Christmas Magic Your family's magical Christmas journey will take just over an hour with the ticket price including: The train journey, a present for each child, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine for Adults, Biscuits and Squash for Children, a miniature train ride and Entertainment! Perfect for the whole family. The specially decorated Santa train will depart from Aberystwyth station for the one hour round trip through the Rheidol countryside , as far as Capel Bangor and back. Along the journey, Santa will join you to find out what you would like for Christmas! During the journey Santa will hop between the carriages to meet all the families and give out a personalised gift to every child . Joining Santa in our decorated and heated 1920's Carriages will be a storyteller to provide entertainment to add to the festive magic. What better way to start the festive Christmas season? There will also be the chance to get some last minute Christmas gifts in our Railway Shop .

Departure times: 11:00am, 12:45pm and 2.30pm
PRICES
Adults & Seniors - £13.50 Children (3 - 15) - £11.00 Children under 2 - £5.00
ADVANCE BOOKING
Limited spaces may be available on the day but to avoid disappointment why not BOOK NOW  from the comfort of your own home.

Charity Christmas Concert

Friday 19th December 2014 Location: Cardigan Guildhall

Annual Christmas Concert. A variety of seasonal and varied entertainment for your enjoyment. The bar will be open during the evening. Tickets will be on sale from mid November.

Santa Special Trains

Saturday 20th December 2014 Location: Vale of Rheidol Railway

Meet Santa and his Helpers at the Vale of Rheidol Railway for some festive Christmas Magic Your family's magical Christmas journey will take just over an hour with the ticket price including: The train journey, a present for each child, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine for Adults, Biscuits and Squash for Children, a miniature train ride and Entertainment! Perfect for the whole family. The specially decorated Santa train will depart from Aberystwyth station for the one hour round trip through the Rheidol countryside , as far as Capel Bangor and back. Along the journey, Santa will join you to find out what you would like for Christmas! During the journey Santa will hop between the carriages to meet all the families and give out a personalised gift to every child . Joining Santa in our decorated and heated 1920's Carriages will be a storyteller to provide entertainment to add to the festive magic. What better way to start the festive Christmas season? There will also be the chance to get some last minute Christmas gifts in our Railway Shop .

Departure times: 11:00am, 12:45pm and 2.30pm
PRICES
Adults & Seniors - £13.50 Children (3 - 15) - £11.00 Children under 2 - £5.00
ADVANCE BOOKING
Limited spaces may be available on the day but to avoid disappointment why not BOOK NOW  from the comfort of your own home.

12 tricks of Christmas

Saturday 20th December 2014 Location: Small World Theatre

On the first day of Christmas my true love amazed me by…

Join in the fun with Small World Theatre and learn twelve new tricks that will amaze everyone this Christmas. You will learn circus tricks, mime, prestidigitation, chapeaugraphy, clowning and more… There’s a lot to take in and after a full day participants will perform their new found skills to parents and friends at 3.30pm (entrance £2 per person). Suitable for children aged 6 + and up to 20 participants This workshop runs from 10am – 4pm with a break for lunch (bring sandwiches) Booking Your Place on Online Places are limited, so please book early. Our bespoke workshops are run with minimum and maximum numbers in mind so that materials and leaders’ fees are covered by the course fee. We have to receive the full payment in order to confirm your place. We recommend paying for your ticket online and please present a printed copy of your receipt on arrival. Booking at the Box Office Alternatively you can book tickets in person by visiting our office Tuesday – Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Please pay by cash/ cheque and your details will be added to the workshop booking sheet. Tickets are non-refundable except when an event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, in which case Small World will refund you. .

Santa Special Event

Saturday 20th December 2014 Location: Teifi Valley Railway

Santa will be coming to his grotto at Henllan The ticket price includes a ride on the miniature railway to see the Pixie Gatekeeper, who will issue tickets to the children, that allows them to go into Santa's Grotto! Light refreshments for the children and a mince-pie with a drink (tea, coffee, or sherry) for the adults. This event is being run by volunteers of the Teifi Valley Railway Society and funds raised will go towards the restoration of our track and trackbed that has been desecrated in recent weeks. LATE EXCITING NEWS - Although the ride will be on our miniature railway, we have a volunteer bringing a live STEAM LOCOMOTIVE for the Saturday 20 and Sunday 21st. BOOK YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE

Santa Special Trains

Monday 22nd December 2014 Location: Vale of Rheidol Railway

Meet Santa and his Helpers at the Vale of Rheidol Railway for some festive Christmas Magic Your family's magical Christmas journey will take just over an hour with the ticket price including: The train journey, a present for each child, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine for Adults, Biscuits and Squash for Children, a miniature train ride and Entertainment! Perfect for the whole family. The specially decorated Santa train will depart from Aberystwyth station for the one hour round trip through the Rheidol countryside , as far as Capel Bangor and back. Along the journey, Santa will join you to find out what you would like for Christmas! During the journey Santa will hop between the carriages to meet all the families and give out a personalised gift to every child . Joining Santa in our decorated and heated 1920's Carriages will be a storyteller to provide entertainment to add to the festive magic. What better way to start the festive Christmas season? There will also be the chance to get some last minute Christmas gifts in our Railway Shop .

Departure times: 11:00am, 12:45pm and 2.30pm
PRICES
Adults & Seniors - £13.50 Children (3 - 15) - £11.00 Children under 2 - £5.00
ADVANCE BOOKING
Limited spaces may be available on the day but to avoid disappointment why not BOOK NOW  from the comfort of your own home.

Santa Special Trains

Tuesday 23rd December 2014 Location: Vale of Rheidol Railway

Meet Santa and his Helpers at the Vale of Rheidol Railway for some festive Christmas Magic Your family's magical Christmas journey will take just over an hour with the ticket price including: The train journey, a present for each child, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine for Adults, Biscuits and Squash for Children, a miniature train ride and Entertainment! Perfect for the whole family. The specially decorated Santa train will depart from Aberystwyth station for the one hour round trip through the Rheidol countryside , as far as Capel Bangor and back. Along the journey, Santa will join you to find out what you would like for Christmas! During the journey Santa will hop between the carriages to meet all the families and give out a personalised gift to every child . Joining Santa in our decorated and heated 1920's Carriages will be a storyteller to provide entertainment to add to the festive magic. What better way to start the festive Christmas season? There will also be the chance to get some last minute Christmas gifts in our Railway Shop .

Departure times: 11:00am, 12:45pm and 2.30pm
PRICES
Adults & Seniors - £13.50 Children (3 - 15) - £11.00 Children under 2 - £5.00
ADVANCE BOOKING
Limited spaces may be available on the day but to avoid disappointment why not BOOK NOW  from the comfort of your own home.

Santa Special Event

Wednesday 24th December 2014 Location: Teifi Valley Railway

Santa will be coming to his grotto at Henllan The ticket price includes a ride on the miniature railway to see the Pixie Gatekeeper, who will issue tickets to the children, that allows them to go into Santa's Grotto! Light refreshments for the children and a mince-pie with a drink (tea, coffee, or sherry) for the adults. This event is being run by volunteers of the Teifi Valley Railway Society and funds raised will go towards the restoration of our track and trackbed that has been desecrated in recent weeks. LATE EXCITING NEWS - Although the ride will be on our miniature railway, we have a volunteer bringing a live STEAM LOCOMOTIVE for the Saturday 20 and Sunday 21st. BOOK YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE