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 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!

October 2018

Apple Festival

apple festival Sunday 7th October 2018 Location: Llanerchaeron

Join us for a home-grown festival to celebrate our apple harvest with a day of cider making, orchard walks, apple testing, food and craft stalls, kids games and lots more apple related fun! Pick up tips on growing fruit from Gwynfor growers and learn how to make cider from award winning Toloja Orchards. Tim Newby our head gardener will be giving a guided tour of the orchard and the kitchen will be filled with home baked recipes using apples from the walled garden Bring your own apples to be identified by experts and then get them pressed to make your own freshly pressed apple juice. There will also be local food and craft stalls.

End of Season 'Crank Up'

crank-up Saturday 13th October 2018 - Sunday 14th October Location: Internal Fire Museum

Engines are run at the museum every day with at least 6 engines runing all day. Larger engines and specials such as the Sulzer are run regularly for shorter periods du to fuel cost etc. There is always plenty to see.

Winter Craft and Gift Fair 2018

Aberystwyth Arts Centre Xmas Fair Friday 19th October 2018 - Sunday 23rd December Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s annual Winter Craft & Gift Fair opens seven days a week for over eight weeks around Christmas. Over 80 stalls sell everything from jewellery, ceramics, woodwork, photography, prints, metalwork, slate, to textiles and food (fab home made choccies!). Many are produced by local makers from Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Powys. Cafe, craft shop and bookshop also open throughout this period. Free parking evenings and weekends - or take the 03 bus from the station right up to the arts centre! OPEN: 10am - 8pm Monday to Saturday 12 noon - 5.30pm on Sundays

From Chill to Dance

Saturday 20th October 2018 Location: The Cellar Bar

An evening of Blues, Old time Jazz & Rock& Roll with Marc Gordo Marc Gordon with Christiana and the Unbroken Ponies bring you a full evening of music, from Blues & Old Time Jazz, moving up-tempo through Rhythm and blues to Rock and Rock & Roll by the end of the evening. The group of musicians, with over 200 years of performing experience between them, will present a varied collection of styles and songs....... And they will not be playing on max volume... so your eardrums will be safe. Tickets Available from the Cellar Bar (Castle Cafe) and Marc Gordon

Salsa Yoga Weekend at Over the Rainbow

salsa yoga weekend Friday 26th October 2018 - Sunday 28th October Location: Over the Rainbow

A unique weekend of salsa dance and yoga, with delicious vegetarian food and award winning accommodation in our beautiful West Wales setting. Why not treat yourself to an unforgettable weekend, or simply join us for the day or for our Saturday night dinner and dance party? A rare opportunity to learn in a small, friendly group with experienced, qualified teachers.

November 2018

New Quay Fireworks Display

New Quay Fireworks Saturday 3rd November 2018 Location: New Quay

Down at the harbour around 7pm

Cardigan Fair 2018

Cardigan fair Saturday 10th November 2018 Location: High Street

See Cardigan town transformed for a night by its annual street market. There are plenty of bargains to be had and a funfair for the children too. The Street Food Event in the Guildhall Courtyard on  will have various local producers showcasing the very best street food available.

Abertoir The International Horror Festival of Wales

Abertoir Horror Film Festival Tuesday 13th November 2018 - Sunday 18th November Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Wales' International Horror Festival start on Friday 13th!

Abertoir is an annual horror and horror film festival held in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre in Ceredigion, Wales in November. The festival began as a three-day event and has grown since to a six-day schedule. Abertoir is Wales' only horror festival and is a member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation. As well as screening new big-budget horror films, classic and independent films form a large and important part of the festival line-up. Each year a short film competition is held, which showcases horror and fantasy short films from around the world. In addition to film screenings, the festival regularly features concerts, theatre shows and masterclasses in its line up. Come and enjoy? 6 days of the best brand new horror films, as well as cult classics, special guests, presentations, theatre, live music and much more!