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.

1176 at Cardigan Castle

1176 at Cardigan Castle

Location: Green Street, Cardigan SA43 1JA
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.
Tel: 01239 562 002 Email: info@cardigancastle.com



Abduls Tandoori

Abduls Tandoori

Location: Royal Oak, Quay Street, Cardigan
Excellent and very friendly restaurant with authentic Indian cuisine. Very extensive menu, don't miss out on the delicious Peshwari Naan bread. Bring your own alcohol, or choose from non alcoholic beer or soft drinks including a range of Lassi [yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit].
Tel: 01239 615371 Email: amosabbir@yahoo.com



Aberystwyth Arts Centre Café

Aberystwyth Arts Centre Café

Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DE
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.
Tel: 01970 62 32 32 Email: artstaff@aber.ac.uk



Bara Menyn Bakehouse Cafe

Bara Menyn Bakehouse Cafe

Location: 45 St Mary Street, Cardigan
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.
Tel: 01239 615310



Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)

Location: Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ
Egon Ronay recommended Vegetarian Self Service Restaurant for lunch and light refreshments.
Tel: 01654 705950 Email: reception@cat.org.uk



Coach House Cafe

Coach House Cafe

Location: 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.
Tel: 01239 615389 Email: info@stdogmaelsabbey.org.uk



Crwst

Crwst

Location: Priory StSA43 1BU Cardigan
Cafe and deli with freshly baked goodies. Great for a coffee or brunch. Closed Monday. Look out for evening openings on the website.
Tel: 01239 611278 Email: contact@crwst.cymru



Daffodil Inn

Daffodil Inn

Location: Penrhiwllan, Llandysul, SA44 5NG
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.
Tel: 01559 370343 Email: info@thedaffodilinn.co.uk



Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Location: 13 Pendre Cardigan High Street
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.
Tel: 01239 621863



Harbourmaster Aberaeron

Harbourmaster Aberaeron

Location: Aberaeron Harbour
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, pretension-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)."
Tel: 01545 570755 Email: info@harbour-master.com



Pizza Tipi

Pizza Tipi

Location: Cambrian Quay, Cardigan, West Wales, SA43 1EZ
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.
Tel: 01239 623633 Email: PIZZATIPI@COLDATNIGHT.CO.UK



Stwdio 3

Stwdio 3

Location: 3 High Street Cardigan SA43 1HJ
creative community space offering a range of craft activities, meeting and exhibition space with a café and coffee shop. A place where people can meet, eat, make and create.
Tel: 01239 758088 Email: suzi@makeitinwales.co.uk



The Captains Rendezvous

The Captains Rendezvous

Location: Church Street, New Quay SA45 9NT
The Captains Rendezvous is a Welsh family run traditional Fish and Chip shop in New Quay overlooking the amazing coastline of Cardigan Bay. They have an extensive menu which includes a selection of homemade products, cooked to order to tempt your taste-buds. They have takeaway facilities or alternatively you can join them in the cafe to enjoy your meal and overlook the bay and maybe catch a glimpse of a dolphin or two! There is a small Gluten free menu which is available on request. Open daily during peak season from 12.00 (noon) until 9pm. Off peak our hours will be reduced
Tel: 01545 560507 Email: ycaban126@gmail.com



The Plwmp Tart

The Plwmp Tart

Location: Penbryn Beach
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.
Tel: 01239 758100 Email: annabel.joseph@googlemail.com



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

February 2019

Justine Allison: The Language of Clay - Shifting Lines

Justine Allison The Language of Clay – Shifting Lines Saturday 2nd February 2019 - Sunday 31st March Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

A solo show by Justine Allison is the opening exhibition in the second series of The Language of Clay. It expands the dialogue presented through the first series and celebrates singular expertise. The Language of Clay is a series of national touring exhibitions organised by Mission Gallery in collaboration with Ruthin Craft Centre, funded by ACW.

An Audience with Owls

New Quay Birds of Prey Saturday 9th February 2019 Location: New Quay Memorial Hall

Join New Quay Birds of Prey and get up close and personal with some of Britain's beautiful native owls. Learn all about them and watch them fly. All in aid of Save New Quay Memorial Hall. Refreshments available.

Juliet & Romeo

Juliet and Romeo by Lost Dog Saturday 9th February 2019 Location: Small World Theatre

A humorous and heartfelt investigation into love, loss and longevity by Lost Dog Lost Dog are an award-winning dance theatre company headed by Artistic Director/ Performer Ben Duke. Lost Dog’s new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after. Well they lived at least......

image ©JaneHobson


Gardening Weekend

hellebores and snowdrops Friday 15th February 2019 - Sunday 17th 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 keeping your garden colourful at any time of year.

SPEAKERS

Friday 15th February 2019
10.40 Snowdrops – Confessions of a Galanthophile. Julian Wormald will tell about snowdrops, in the UK – myth and history, cultivation, and his ongoing Historic Welsh Snowdrop Hunt. Finally an auction of bulbs - starts at 50p, sold to the highest bidder!! 1.00 Hellebores, winter wonders. Concentrating mainly on the Lenten Rose, Richard will guide us through the many interesting new additions to the already vast range. Learn how to grow them and how to avoid any pitfalls. Also propagation, hybridisation and general maintenance 3.15 Roddy Milne – ‘Ornamental Grasses’ A very welcome return, Roddy will enthral us with his passion for these architectural and often majestic additions to the garden. Excellent for summer colour with the added bonus of winter interest.
Saturday 16th February 2019
10.40 Carley Green from NBGW – Californian expedition. Carly Green will wow us with her pictorial talk on her visit to California, relating what she has seen in the U.S. to what we grow in sunny Wales. Also a brief talk about her work on conserving Welsh natural plants. 1.00 Gareth Davies – A love affair with Roses. A leading authority on Roses. No stranger to all aspects of this fascinating plant his knowledge is wide and detailed. Here he will give us a brief history of Roses, their uses in the garden, tips on their cultivation and the best of healthy modern varieties. 3.15 Matt Granfield – Vegetable growing. This could well be the highlight of the day!!! Matt will guide us through many aspects of vegetable growing. Very much a talk for the audience, this is set to be both informative and amusing. Richard will be along to lend a hand if the audience get too excited.
Sunday 17th February 2019
10.40 Joe Atkins head gardener at Aberglasney – Plant combinations. Joe’s enthusiasm is so inspiring and this new talk promises to be as good as his others. If you are looking for ideas then this is the one for you. As always another one that is not to be missed! 1.00 Bob Dyer – Woodland Plants. Bob is one of those amazing people whose knowledge of gardening is humbling. He is a VERY keen amateur gardener who grows things. in his Gower garden. to die for. Come and see how he nurtures some of the rarest plants around. as well as the usual and popular. Can’t wait to hear this one! 3.15 Malcolm Berry, the dreaded gardener – Organic Gardening. Our most popular speaker and one who fills us with inspirational, often slightly controversial and extremely wildlife friendly advice. His following is legendary, and his talks are totally in tune with nature. If you want to grow plants organically then Malcolm is your man.

Dolphin Watch Picnic

Dolphin Watch Picnic Saturday 16th February 2019 Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

Are you aged between 14 and 25 and interested in marine wildlife? Join our #LivingSeas team for a Dolphin Watch Picnic in New Quay. We'll carry out a marine mammal survey, looking out for bottlenose dolphins, porpoise and grey seals. Learn how to identify each species and see what animals you can spot. Find out more about how we monitor the local marine mammal populations and how you can become a volunteer! Please wear warm and waterproof clothing and bring along a picnic. We'll provide hot drinks. This event is for young people aged 14-25 who are interested in volunteering. It is not suitable for children under 14. Please contact us on 01545 560024 or info@cbmwc.org if you would like to come along.

Half Term at Welsh Wildlife Centre

Half term activities for children Saturday 23rd February 2019 - Friday 1st March Location: The Welsh Wildlife Centre

February Half Term fun at the Welsh Wildlife Centre!

  • Arts & Crafts Activities
  • Upcycling Workshop for Kids
  • Make a Pine Cone Bird Feeder or Minibeast Home
  • Spring Quiz Trail
  • Spring Bulb Planters & St. David’s Day Activities
There are various times and dates over half term, please check the web link for full details. Booking is highly recommended, please ring to reserve spaces

March 2019

St David's Day Parade Cardigan

St David's Day Welsh Dragon Friday 1st March 2019 Location: Cardigan & Around

Cardigan's first St David's Day Parade Celebrate the National Patron Saint of Wales. Everyone is welcome to join the Cardigan Parade celebrating St David's Day and the launch of the first Parêd Gŵyl Dewi organised by Cered. Small World Theatre's fierce, giant Welsh Dragon will roar at the head of the procession leaving Cardigan Guildhall at 1pm and following the High Street to a public ceremony and more entertainment in the grounds of Cardigan Castle. Onlookers and those who want to take part in the Parade should meet at The Guildhall at 12.30pm.

New Quay Charity Fundraiser

New Quay Charity Fundraiser Saturday 9th March 2019 Location: Parc Arthur Football Ground

Join us for an epic day of Football, Live Music, Craft Beer and Street Food! Performances by: Mari Mathias Candy Mountain Chris Summerill The Adventures of Bert & Henry Bear Island Johnny Cage & The Voodoogroove Paradox Ticket holders will have full access to all the New Quay Super 6's Invitational Charity Cup action and Family Fun Zone (from 9am) as well as the Main Fundraising Festival Tent (from 1pm) which will play host to an incredible line up of Live Music throughout the day as well as the dedicated Event Bar and Food Stalls. The evening festivities continue into the night with the Charity Auction at 7pm, followed by 4 incredible headliners. TICKETS online here: VIP Table: £250 (Max of 10 Per Table - Access to VIP area, complimentary drinks on arrival, nibbles, table service) Festival Tent: Under 16's go free (Min age 7) but MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult when in the Festival Tent for insurance purposes (1pm till late). There are no age restrictions for the Family Fun Zone or to watch the New Quay Super 6's Invitational Charity Cup (9am-5pm).

FLEat- a cool flea market with eats!

fleat Sunday 10th March 2019 Location: Small World Theatre

the Sunday market with Eats. Indulge in a selection of delicious food, treats and some real bargains. FLEat is a unique shopping experience and a fabulous community event. Showcasing a selection of professional designers, artists, makers and bakers. You can expect clothing, bric-à-brac, crafts and unique pieces of art. Treat yourself to a delicious lunch or take away a selection of cakes. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday.

Natural Dyeing Workshop

Natural Dyeing Workshop Friday 29th March 2019 - Saturday 30th March Location: National Wool Museum

Learn how to make blue dye with WOAD and over dye yellow for glorious greens. You will dye fabric and yarn with the opportunity to create a unique silk scarf.  Woad seeds available.