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



Fernhill Lodge Licensed Restaurant

Fernhill Lodge Licensed Restaurant

Location: Llechryd, Cardigan SA43 2QL
Always a warm and friendly welcome at Cardigan's Fernhill Lodge Restaurant. Come and dine in elegant comfort in a Country House ambience 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
Tel: 01239 682635 Email: fernhilllodge@btconnect.com



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!

September 2017

DARK ECOLOGY by Seán Vicary

DARK ECOLOGY by Seán Vicary Saturday 12th August 2017 - Sunday 1st October Location: Oriel Mwldan

Seán Vicary’s work explores our relationship with the ‘natural’ world. Taking inspiration from personal (and wider) history, he uses a dilapidated military listening station in Pembrokeshire as the starting point to consider ideas of early warning systems in relation to our state of environmental precariousness. Deeply rooted in ideas of ‘place’, Vicary’s work often takes found objects and fragments from real life which are then digitally manipulated into animated assemblages and replaced into a new, virtual space. Working closely with musicians and sound artists, the results are evocative and successfully uncanny. Opening event with live music from Ceri Rhys Matthews - free entry 4pm 12 August

Lampeter Harness Racing

Lampeter Harness Racing Sunday 3rd September 2017 Location: Pentre

Held at Pentre, Llanfair Clydogau, Lampeter. First race 2:00pm. Come and experience the thrills of harness racing. The racing is fast and exciting and you can be trackside to catch it all. Bar and Catering facilities, bookmakers, childrens entertainment and children under 16 FREE admission. If you’re looking for a fun day out or interested in following a unique and exciting sport harness racing can be enjoyed by all the family!

Glorious Welsh Quilts - Sandie Lush

Glorious Welsh Quilts - Sandie Lush Friday 8th September 2017 - Saturday 9th September Location: The Welsh Quilt Centre

This class, running over two days, will give you the opportunity to explore the quilting patterns traditional to South Wales. You will design your very own heirloom cushion, but you may choose to hand stitch one of the Welsh cushion patterns provided instead! In a two day class there is the opportunity to create larger designs, though not enough time to prepare and quilt anything other than a cushion. Should you wish to perfect your quilting skills as well as create a larger design, it is recommended you bring either the items listed below for making a cushion or a sample already marked up so that some time in class can be spent stitching.

St Dogmaels Village Show

St Dogmaels Village Show Saturday 9th September 2017 Location: St Dogmaels Abbey

The fourth St . Dogmael's Village Show will take place on Saturday 9th September 2017

Natural Dyeing - The Dye Garden

Natural Dyeing - The Dye Garden Saturday 23rd September 2017 Location: National Wool Museum

Come and see the Dye Garden at the National Wool Museum. Learn about the plants and how to dye with them. We will create samples on wool yarn and fleece. For more info and to book please contact Susan on 01239 614023 or email: sdmartin46@yahoo.co.uk No experience needed.

Making Pictures - with Janet Bolton

Making Pictures - with Janet Bolton Friday 29th September 2017 Location: The Welsh Quilt Centre

The main emphasis of the workshop is to encourage students to develop their own ideas with help readily available. Working directly with the fabric Janet explains and demonstrates the simple sewing techniques required. She will also demonstrate the exciting process of cutting shapes, re-arranging and sewing down the various elements until a pleasing composition has been achieved.  

October 2017

DARK ECOLOGY by Seán Vicary

DARK ECOLOGY by Seán Vicary Saturday 12th August 2017 - Sunday 1st October Location: Oriel Mwldan

Seán Vicary’s work explores our relationship with the ‘natural’ world. Taking inspiration from personal (and wider) history, he uses a dilapidated military listening station in Pembrokeshire as the starting point to consider ideas of early warning systems in relation to our state of environmental precariousness. Deeply rooted in ideas of ‘place’, Vicary’s work often takes found objects and fragments from real life which are then digitally manipulated into animated assemblages and replaced into a new, virtual space. Working closely with musicians and sound artists, the results are evocative and successfully uncanny. Opening event with live music from Ceri Rhys Matthews - free entry 4pm 12 August

Jonathan Anderson Pylon Totems

Jonathan Anderson Pylon Totems Saturday 7th October 2017 - Thursday 26th October Location: Oriel Mwldan

Anderson’s work aligns metaphysical ideas with industrial materials: coal, bitumen, sand and soil are regularly used. Often sculptural, his works are simultaneously malignant and beautiful. Pylon Totems, cloaked in rags and bitumen, make pan-cultural references that allude to Crucifixes, Asian Buddhist statues, South American and African voodoo dolls. Yet the inspiration came from the many hundreds of electricity pylons that criss-cross the landscape of Wales. The work functions as a meditative tool to contemplate contemporary issues of ecology, religion and politics. There will be an opening event with a talk from the artist on Friday 6 October at 6pm

End of Season 'Crank Up'

End of Season 'Crank Up' Saturday 7th October 2017 - Sunday 8th 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.

Apple Festival

Apple Festival Sunday 8th October 2017 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.

Spooky Halloween

Spooky Halloween Saturday 28th October 2017 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 50 children taking part. Adult - £4.00 Family - £11.90* Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.60 Member - Am Ddim/Free Disabled and companion - Am Ddim/Free *Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

Aberporth Fireworks

Aberporth Fireworks Saturday 28th October 2017 Location: Aberporth Beach

Fire will be lit at 6pm and the fireworks at 6.15 Burgers, veggie burgers and sausages on sale to help fund next year's event. No need to bring garden waste or wood to be burned, and please stay safe and off the beach while the firework officials set off the fireworks

Llangrannog Fireworks 2017

Saturday 28th October 2017 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. It's funded by collections during the year locally and on the night from the visitors.