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!

October 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!

History Man

Monday 13th October 2014 Location: Cilgerran Castle

Local historian, Glen Johnson, will provide a guided walk and talk around the castle. Plenty of anecdotes as well as good, hard facts! Learn more about the history of the site as well as the context in which Cilgerran sits within local history and wider events. Why is there a castle here? How did it change hands so many times? How does Cilgerran Castle’s history fit in with Cardigan Castle? Adult - £3.50 Family - £10.50* Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.65 Member - Am ddim/Free Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free *Admits 2 adults and all children under 16 Tours at 11am and 2pm

Bedazzled – A Welshman in New York

Wednesday 15th October 2014 - Saturday 18th October Location: Arcadia Building New Quay

As part of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival and Cardiff Contemporary, Ffotogallery presents Bedazzled – A Welshman in New York, a live performance celebrating the special relationship Dylan Thomas had with the United States, New York in particular, and the enduring influence of his life and work on both sides of the Atlantic. The performance incorporates live action, moving image and sound. The accompanying virtual tavern,  www.bedazzledinnewyork.org, also developed by Ffotogallery, will provide audiences around the world with a glimpse into Dylan Thomas’ life in New York and the surrounding cultural milieu.  

A Night With Sea Watch

Thursday 16th October 2014 Location: Memorial Hall

Want to find our more about Cardigan Bay local dolphins?

Then come and meet the marine biologists and volunteers behind Sea Watch and learn about the antics of the Cardigan Bay Dolphins Presentation with exhibitions, videos and refreshments.

Vintage Car Rally

Sunday 19th October 2014 Location: Rhosygilwen Mansion

Vintage Car Rally, alongside a new venture, a pop up market featuring organic, fairtrade and/or local producers brought to Rhosygilwen by greenweeds. An exhibition of organic Welsh wool crafts will on display in Ty Solar.

Llangrannog Fireworks 2014

Saturday 25th October 2014 Location: Llangrannog Beach

Llangrannog Fireworks 2014

Not to be missed

The best firework display you are likely to see over the Cardigan Bay coast. Very busy, so arrive early. The display is organised by the village, free of charge, for the village and anyone who enjoys a fantastic display of fireworks. The bonfire is set on the beach to coincide with the rising tide to extinguish it, rockets are launched from the cliff tops on either side of the cove, and hundreds of fireworks from the beach. Its funded by collections during the year locally and on the night from the visitors.

Spooky Halloween

Sunday 26th October 2014 - Friday 31st October Location: Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran Castle will be hosting a day of scary activities for children including mask-making and a spooky trail. There will be a prize for the first 100 children taking part. Adult - £3.50 Family - £10.50* Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.65 Member - Am Ddim/Free Disabled and companion - Am Ddim/Free *Admits 2 adults and all children under 16.

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

TIME LET ME PLAY.. From the Poetry of Dylan Thomas.

Monday 27th October 2014 Location: The Black Lion

Music composed and performed by Keith James. THIS IS DYLAN’S BIRTHDAY. THIS CONCERT IS IN HIS FAVOURITE PUB.THE BLACK LION BRAVE AND COMPELLING SONGS FROM THE POETRY OF DYLAN THOMAS COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY KEITH JAMES A dynamic and emotional collection of Dylan’s most cherished Poems, meticulously set to music by one of this country’s most singular and critically acclaimed performers. A synthesis and re-imagining of this precious body of work. Realising its beauty, anger, shame and humility. Words from where the very core of human spirit lives. Do not go gentle into that goodnight, Clown in the moon, In the beginning, Fern Hill, A process in the weather of the heart, Especially when the October wind.. Keith James, well known for his emotive performances and his unrelenting passion for irresistible, weighty prose to be at the forefront of his music. This is a concert of Dylan’s honest and binding poems, set into song and embarking on a new journey. Also included are Keith’s unique and passionate settings of Poems by Pablo Neruda, William Blake, Federico Garcia Lorca, Isabel Allende and Leonard Cohen.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent ‘Amongst the best of innovative re-imaginings of the writer’s work’ The Telegraph ‘Musicians brave enough to make the music they really believe in. Keith James is one of these’ Bob Harris BBC Radio www.timeletmeplay.co.uk www.keith-james.com

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!

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