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:

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:

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:

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:

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:



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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

April 2019

Mandala Painting

Saturday 6th April 2019 Location: Felinganol Woodland Studio

Explore the art of mandala painting and sacred geometry, in the beautiful woodland studio and grounds of Felinganol retreat centre near Cardigan. This nourishing day retreat offers time for orientation and contemplation. Drawing with the ancient tools of compass, straight edge and pencil, then painting your design in watercolour. Inspired by the abundant wild wisdom of nature, exploring the patterning of the Flower of Life, Triangles, Hexagons and Celtic Triskele. Beginners welcome - suitable for adults and Children over 14. Booking essential

Helen Elliott – Exhibition

Helen Elliott Artist Monday 8th April 2019 - Saturday 20th April Location: Corn Exchange Gallery

Exhibition of work by popular local artist in the centre of Cardigan.

Journey of the Albion

Albion bi-centenary journey Saturday 13th April 2019 - Monday 22nd April Location: Cardigan & Around

Celebrating the bi-centenary of the first emigration from the Teifi valley to Canada in 1819. Cardigan Town will be going maritime over Easter. Starting with an opening ceremony on Prince Charles Quay on 13th April, events will run over ten days and include exhibitions, talks, town tours, singing, demonstrations of coracle fishing and more.

Jo Jo's Guitars Charity Gig Night

Charity Gig Night Saturday 13th April 2019 - Sunday 14th April Location: St Dogmaels Memorial Hall

We have decided to have our own charity gig night, sponsored by Jo Jo's Guitars at St Dogmaels Memorial Hall. Poster below. Lots of fantastic bands on the night and a great comedian to compare the event. There will be a free raffle, including a free guitar from Jo Jo's guitars for one lucky person, guitar lesson, CD's, a free breakfast from the Cellar Bar in Cardigan and more. Hot food on the night (£5 per plate), meat or vegetable chilli and a very reasonable bar for all your drinks. Tickets can be purchased from Jo Jo's guitars, Parc House, Parc Teifi Business Parc, Cardigan. SA43 1EW telephone number: 01239 622152. Tickets will also be available from St Dogmaels Village post office and for sale on the night. All proceeds from the night will go to our 2 chosen charities Breast Cancer Care and Diabetes UK. It should be a fantastic night!

Celebrate Spring with Easter Crafts and Easter Bunny Trail

Wednesday 17th April 2019 - Wednesday 24th April Location: Strata Florida Abbey

Starting Wednesday afternoon and then again over the Easter weekend and finishing on the following Wednesday, we have six fabulous days of crafts: card making, masks, windmills, sheep magnets, painting egg cups and much, much more! Also try and find all the clues on the Easter Bunny Trail and win a prize! Come and spend some time at the wonderful treasure.

The Thrill of Love

The Thrill of Love Wednesday 17th April 2019 - Saturday 20th April Location: Cawdor Hall

The Attic Players present 'The Thrill of Love' by Amanda Whittington. This is the true story of Ruth Ellis and her tragic descent into despair, culminating in the shooting of her lover David Blakely in April 1955. Ruth Ellis was found guilty of murder, and was hanged on July 13th 1955, the last woman to be executed in Britain. The cast and crew have studied a huge amount of information about the case, alongside the script, which is particularly stylised and departs from convention, and have worked hard to give our audience an authentic perspective of the period as well as the facts. We hope that our production will encourage some thoughtful insight into what was a tragedy at the time, and still causes debate today. (doors open at 7) PLEASE NOTE: This production contains adult themes and short moments of flashing lights.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt & Crafts Friday 19th April 2019 - Sunday 21st April Location: The Welsh Wildlife Centre

From Good Friday, 19 April until Easter Sunday 21 April 2019, have a go at our amazing Easter egg hunt! Search for eggs hidden around the reserve and solve clues and an anagram to win a prize! The hunt takes place across all 3 days, from 10:30am until 4pm and is £2.50 per entry. Booking is not required. Suitable for ages 3+

Easter Egg Hunt Cilgerran Castle

Easter Egg Hunt Friday 19th April 2019 - Monday 22nd April Location: Cilgerran Castle

Hop along to Cilgerran Castle this Easter and participate in the Easter Egg Hunt in association with the National Trust Come and eggsplore Cilgerran Castle and complete our Easter trail to claim you Cadbury's Easter Egg. £2.00 per trail.

Lampeter Stallion Show

lampeter stallion show Saturday 20th April 2019 Location: Llanllyr

58th Annual Show A Welsh Pony and Cob Society Silver Medal and rosette will be awarded to the overall Champion in each Section. Visit the website for the 2019 schedule.

Awakening - National Dance Company Wales

Wednesday 24th April 2019 Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

National Dance Company Wales presents AWAKENING Three Unique dances to amuse and amaze. Choreography by: Fernando Melo, Caroline Finn and Marcos Morau. AFTERIMAGE A journey of fleeting images; of appearance and disappearance. Mirrors are used on stage to form a unique theatrical experience where the past and the present collide with a poetic & creative style of dance. REVELLERS’ MASS Delve into a world of ritual as an unlikely group gathers for a dinner party, where etiquette is put to the test. Curious choreography and characters are inspired by historical paintings. TUNDRA Tundra tears pages from the Russian history books on folk dance, mass parades and revolution, revitalising old ideas with renewed meaning. It’s as mesmerizingly beautiful as it is robotically precise.

Barley Saturday Cardigan 2019

Barley Saturday Cardigan Saturday 27th April 2019 Location: Cardigan & Around

Barley Saturday has since the 19th Century, been held on the last Saturday in April - it is an unique event in Cardigan. Barley Saturday saw farmers from surrounding area come to town to hire workers and to inspect stallions that are put out to stud. These days the horses are the centre of attention. After the 11.30am, judging of various horse competitions, the crowds gather to watch the horses do their parade around the Cardigan at approximately 2pm. The horses are followed by of vintage cars, motorbikes, tractors, carriages, milk floats and gypsy wagons. This year why not celebrate Barley Saturday into the night with music and dance

Dawns Barlys - Barley Saturday Party

Barley Saturday Party Saturday 27th April 2019 Location: Pizza Tipi

Celebrate Barley Saturday

There's live music, fabulous pizza and a wide range of local beverages to fuel the good/bad dancing! Its the official unofficial Barley Party - grab your partner, your grooving shoes and we will see you on the dance floor! There will be an eclectic range of local bands and DJ's, we're just finalising the line up and then it will be released along with the tickets. Music from 5pm on-wards Tickets released: Early April - watch this space Don't miss Barley Saturday Parade

May 2019

Sam Sweeney Tours 'The Unfinished Violin' Album

Wednesday 1st May 2019 Location: Theatr Mwldan

Sam Sweeney - The Unfinished Violin, Violin music inspired by a truly incredible story…as seen on BBC Breakfast & Antiques Roadshow. Inspired by his violin, carved but never finished by Richard Howard in 1915, Sam Sweeney has created a live show and album of instrumental music inspired by the Great War Sam Sweeney signed with Island Records to release his first solo album, The Unfinished Violin last November, an expansion and development of his acclaimed live show, Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War, which toured to great acclaim from 2014 to 2017. The show centred on a fiddle the 19-year-old Sweeney came across in violin maker Roger Claridge’s shop in Oxford, made but not assembled by one Richard S Howard of Harehills, Leeds, in 1915. Claridge had come by it at auction, in pieces, in an old manilla envelope, and put it together and put it on sale. It’s the instrument Sweeney has used for numerous albums and countless gigs, and in time he set about digging into its history, and uncovered the fateful tale of Richard Howard, a music hall performer called up in 1916 to the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment to fight and lose his life in the Battle of Messines on 7th June 1917. Following Sam’s appearance on Radio Four, to talk about Made In The Great War. Island Records subsequently invited Sam to create an album of the kind of music Richard Howard’s violin would have played had it been assembled at the time of its making.

“I said, give me a few days to think about it, because I really didn’t want to create a jingoistic, patriotic album,”
he says, “
but after some research, it was very clear that there would be loads of great tunes, and great stories.”
He is very much looking forward to sharing these on the tour.

Meet the Pilgrims

Sunday 5th May 2019 - Monday 6th May Location: Strata Florida Abbey

Come and meet our band of Pilgrims! They'll tell you about their travels and show you how they make their living. Weary after their long journey, they will set up their tents inside the Abbey and explain what they did as a job before they became Pilgrims. A fun and interesting day for the family.

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival 2018

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival Saturday 18th May 2019 - Monday 27th May Location: Aberystwyth

A celebration of cycling in Mid Wales, including town centre criterium racing, downhill mountain biking and a mass participation ride - the Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive, covering all the best roads in Ceredigion. Aberystwyth Cycle Festival also includes fringe events all week and of course brings you the thrills of town centre cycle races all afternoon and evening on the 26th May. With some of Britain’s top cyclists making a rare appearance in Mid Wales, festival visitors can watch all the on & off road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes.

Fishguard Folk Festival 2019

Fishguard Folk Festival Friday 24th May 2019 - Monday 27th May Location: Fishguard - Various Venues

Fishguard's 20th Folk Festival. Concerts, Ceilidhs (Irish equivalent of the English Barn Dance or Welsh Twmpath), Workshops, Singarounds

The festival takes place in a wide range of venues from the town square to the Yacht Club in Fishguard old town.

Full 2019 Programme Here

Featuring this year are; Jim Moray, The Melrose Quartet, The Trials Of Cato, Andy Cutting, Miranda Sykes, Alaw, Hannah James, plus many more. There will be 4 fee-paying concerts at Theatr Gwaun, but the rest of the festival is FREE, with about 30 concert, dances, workshops and sessions.