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



Caemorgan Mansion Restaurant

Caemorgan Mansion Restaurant

Location: Follow the bypass uphill past Tesco's and take the first left onto Caemorgan Road
The restaurant 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 Email: guest@caemorgan.com



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



Crown Inn

Crown Inn

Location: Llwndafydd SA44 6BU
Real Ale and good food at the bar or in the restaurant. Delightful setting.
Tel: 01545 560396



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



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!

June 2018

Big Welsh Walk 2018

Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Tynrhyd Retreat

The Big Welsh Walk, supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever. Join us for your summer walking challenge, choose from one of four new routes. 6, 10, 16 or 20 miles of stunning landscapes, challenging hills and the hidden gems of Ceredigion. When you sign up and take on your challenge, you'll receive: A bespoke route guide Your Big Welsh Walk t-shirt Your Big Welsh Walk medal Discounted deals at local accommodation, attractions and food & drink outlets The question is... can you conquer Ceredigion?

Aberystwyth and Ceredigion County Show

Aberystwyth & Ceredigion County Show Saturday 9th June 2018 Location: Caeau Gelli Angharad

First major agricultural show of the season. Horses, livestock, sheep, machinery, displays. This is an impressive annual agricultural show. This local show attracts many visitors from the surrounding areas, uniting the farming industry and local community. A wide range of events take place from produce and poultry shows through to equestrian. It provides excellent opportunities for local farmers, plant growers, and exhibitors, and is a fun day out that can be enjoyed by all the family. Directions Located on the A44 between Aberystwyth and Capel Bangor Aim towards Aberystwyth, following the A487 through the villages of Tal-y-Bont and Bow Street. After you have travelled through Bow Street, take the first turning left onto the A4159. Continue on this road until you reach a roundabout. On the roundabout, take the first exit left, marked A44 Llangurig. The Show will be seen straight ahead of you. Please use the correct entrance.

Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival

Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival 2018 Saturday 9th June 2018 Location: Newcastle Emlyn

Newcastle Emlyn Food FestivalCome along to the King George V Playing Field [52°02'19.9"N 4°28'10.7"W] in Newcastle Emlyn to enjoy local produce and entertainment. For the eighth year running, the King George V playing field will be filled to the brim with all things fun and foodie! Local producers are lining up again to present their fantastic produce to you, and this year, the committee is promising a day full of entertainment, activities and more producers, and of course, the ever popular chef demonstrations. Helena Lewis from Dai Lewis estate agents will be opening the festival at 11am. We have a busy kitchen lined up with two chefs. The first demonstration will be by Mandy Walters from Cardigan Bay Fish and our second chef is Jayne Holland from Veganishmum. They are looking forward to demonstrating their skills and cooking for the audience. On the performance stage local schools including Y Ddwylan, Cenarth and Penboyr are teaming up to support this local event. Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn and Ysgol Bro Teifi choirs, talented soloists as well as a visit from Sali Mali will ensure you have a great day out and celebrate the town. More information can be found on the facebook page Gŵyl Fwyd Castell Newydd Emlyn Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival (don’t forget to “like”!) or follow us on Twitter @gwylfwydcne - The town’s looking forward to seeing you on the 9th June at Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival, 10am-4pm.

Become a Mini Marine Biologist

Mini Marine Biologist Saturday 9th June 2018 Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

In these family-friendly sessions, you will become a Marine Biologist - collecting and identifying specimens from the strandline and rock-pools. We will bring samples back to our 'lab', and look at the world of mini marine life under the microscope. You will also learn about the things that can affect our marine wildlife, such as litter and pollution and find out what we can do to help. Each session will include an art or craft activity relating to your scientific discoveries. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, sessions will be held indoors in our Discovery Room. No charge, but donations towards the work of CBMWC are welcome.

Jennifer Taylor - Exhibition

Jennifer Taylor exhibition and performance Saturday 16th June 2018 - Sunday 15th July Location: Oriel Mwldan

Jennifer Taylor works with film and live performance to create absurd scenarios. She uses abandoned structures in remote landscapes as found stage sets. Ancient Neolithic burial chambers and obscure towers in Wales provide surreal, displaced settings that bring a sense of post-apocalyptic degeneration. Jennifer Taylor was recently featured in The Guardian for a performance piece in Rome. You will have a chance to see one of her performances at an exhibition closing event on the 14 July at 7.30pm. If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch with Helena Turgel - email below.

Carole King & Glenn Ibbitson Exhibition

Carole King & Glenn Ibbitson Monday 18th June 2018 - Saturday 23rd June Location: Corn Exchange Gallery

Local artists exhibit their recent work in the centre of Cardigan

Become a Mini Marine Biologist

Mini Marine Biologist Saturday 23rd June 2018 Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

In these family-friendly sessions, you will become a Marine Biologist - collecting and identifying specimens from the strandline and rock-pools. We will bring samples back to our 'lab', and look at the world of mini marine life under the microscope. You will also learn about the things that can affect our marine wildlife, such as litter and pollution and find out what we can do to help. Each session will include an art or craft activity relating to your scientific discoveries. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, sessions will be held indoors in our Discovery Room. No charge, but donations towards the work of CBMWC are welcome.

Cardigan Beer Festival

Cardigan Beer Festival 2018 Friday 29th June 2018 - Saturday 30th June Location: Pizza Tipi

Pizzatipi Beerfest will be celebrating the best craft brewers in Wales for the third year in a row. The best beers together with great food, roaring fires & fantastic live music. For a full list of what to expect see details on PizzaTipi website

July 2018

Helen Elliott – Welsh Naive Artists

Helen Elliott Artist Monday 2nd July 2018 - Saturday 14th July Location: Corn Exchange Gallery

It wasn’t until twenty five years ago when Pembrokeshire artist Stan Rosenthal told Helen that anyone could paint if his or her heart is in it. 'Since then I haven't stopped'.

Gwyl Nol a Mlan 2018 Festival

Gwyl Nol a Mlan Friday 6th July 2018 - Saturday 7th July Location: Llangrannog

Tenth Year! A festival for everyone of all ages in one of Wales’ prettiest seaside village, Llangrannog! The 2018 festival will be held in the evening of Friday the 6th of July and all day on Saturday the 7th, and once again this year the festival is free of charge!

Become a Mini Marine Biologist

Mini Marine Biologist Saturday 7th July 2018 Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

In these family-friendly sessions, you will become a Marine Biologist - collecting and identifying specimens from the strandline and rock-pools. We will bring samples back to our 'lab', and look at the world of mini marine life under the microscope. You will also learn about the things that can affect our marine wildlife, such as litter and pollution and find out what we can do to help. Each session will include an art or craft activity relating to your scientific discoveries. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, sessions will be held indoors in our Discovery Room. No charge, but donations towards the work of CBMWC are welcome.

Aberaeron Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival

Aberaeron Seafood festival Sunday 8th July 2018 Location: Aberaeron Harbour

201st Anniversary Fishy feasting and great selection of foods from Wales. Come with a healthy appetite! Over the years, the Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival has grown to be one of the highlights of the food calendar in Wales and several thousand people are expected to flock to the quayside this summer to see and taste the best of local seafood, fish and other produce. There is free parking at Min Aeron CCC Social Services Offices SA46 0DY and Penmorfa CCC Offices SA46 0PA - only a 5min walk away from the harbour

Become a Mini Marine Biologist

Mini Marine Biologist Saturday 14th July 2018 Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

In these family-friendly sessions, you will become a Marine Biologist - collecting and identifying specimens from the strandline and rock-pools. We will bring samples back to our 'lab', and look at the world of mini marine life under the microscope. You will also learn about the things that can affect our marine wildlife, such as litter and pollution and find out what we can do to help. Each session will include an art or craft activity relating to your scientific discoveries. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, sessions will be held indoors in our Discovery Room. No charge, but donations towards the work of CBMWC are welcome.

Cragen Sea Monster Tour

Friday 20th July 2018 Location: Aberporth Beach

Cragen Is Said To Dwell Off The Coast Of Wales and experts have predicted that she will appear along the coastline with an important clean seas message during Wales’ Year of the Sea. Visitors and communities will gasp at her ingenuity and be amazed by her size (approximately 20 meters long) as she returns unwanted plastic waste from the sea to the land. Cragen’s first performance is at Aberporth 20/07/18 2pm and Small World Theatre are delighted to be working with #plasticfree Aberporth for the launch of the tour. We’re also delighted that Cragen will appear on the Teifi at Cardigan’s Giant Lantern Parade on Friday 7th December. Follow Cragen’s travels and discover the tour dates online at the link below. Share your sighting on social media using the hashtags #cleanseascragen #findyourepic #cleanseas Together we can keep our beautiful Cardigan Bay beaches clean. You can help protect Wales’ epic coastline from plastic pollution, by joining the many events and activities surrounding the tour. The Cragen can also be spotted visiting the Sea2Shore Food Festival in Aberystwyth on 12th August and New Quay Harbour Beach as part of the Cardigan Bay Regatta on 19th August along with many other sightings.

Sera Wynn Walker Exhibition

Sera Wynn Walker Exhibition Saturday 21st July 2018 - Sunday 2nd September Location: Oriel Mwldan

A negative, be it a relief, a photograph or a mold has an identity, through her work with camera-less photography and sculptural craft processes Sera Wyn Walker explores the shape, size, texture and character of that identity. Interested in direct visual representations of a light driven process Sera Wyn Walker’s practice uses early camera-less photography techniques as a means of regaining something lost through technological advancements in photography. ‘Through camera-less photography techniques, I bring back that direct connection with the environment. There is a trace of the object in the image, one that is both of and from the landscape’. Please feel free to come along for the opening of this exhibition on 21 July at 6:30pm - completely free and all are welcome!

Aberystwyth Musicfest

Saturday 28th July 2018 - Saturday 4th August Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s MusicFest is an enticing fusion of Music Festival and Summer School; of experience and learning; of performance and appreciation. The engagement of audience, student, and artist alike creates the unique community atmosphere of MusicFest – ‘refreshing, rewarding and thoroughly inspirational’.

Lampeter Food Festival

lampeter-food-festival Saturday 28th July 2018 Location: Lampeter

Cookery Demonstrations and Entertainment at Lampeter University Campus. Starts at 10am.

Boaty McBoat Race

Boaty McBoat Race Sunday 29th July 2018 Location: Llechryd Bridge

First ever annual boat race from Llechryd bridge to the sea. All ages and abilities welcome. The race distance is 12 miles - there is no time limit - this is going to be a lot of fun so sign up as soon as you can.