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!

July 2017

Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival

Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival Saturday 24th June 2017 - Sunday 2nd July Location: Pembrokeshire

Listed as the UK's No1 Food Festival 2013 by The Independent, Pembrokeshire Fish Week is taking place between the 24th June and 2nd July Full details here: www.pembrokeshirefishweek.co.uk

Trails by Hannah Morris & Owain Griffiths

Trails by Hannah Morris & Owain Griffiths Saturday 24th June 2017 - Sunday 6th August Location: Oriel Mwldan

Through Trails/Olion Morris and Griffiths explore ideas of travel and leisure, looking in particular at the way in which we respond to and interact with landscapes. Following a tour of Youth Hostels in England and Wales the duo's artistic responses (including spontaneous prints and sound pieces) will be shown in the gallery alongside a site responsive artwork made in the space. Opening event with live music/sound performance 4pm Saturday 24th June - free entry. hannahmmorris.co.uk soundcloud.com/owaingriffiths

International Ceramics Festival

International Ceramics Festival Friday 30th June 2017 - Sunday 2nd July Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

The International Ceramics Festival is a fantastic event held at the Arts Centre which attracts about 1000 people who attend a jam-packed programme of lectures, practical demonstrations, special exhibitions, spectacular firings and trade stalls, over the weekend. Since it began in 1987 it has grown to become the UK’s leading ceramics event, offering teachers, students, ceramic artists, collectors, working potters and amateurs the chance to meet and study the work of distinguished, internationally known potters and ceramicists from Wales, the UK and around the world. The trade stalls and exhibitions are open to the general public throughout the weekend, so everyone is welcome! There will also be community hands-on activities which everyone can take part in. For more details visit www.internationalceramicsfestival.org The International Ceramics Festival is organised by Aberystwyth Arts Centre and North and South Wales Potters Associations.

Gwyl Nol a Mlan 2017 Festival

Gwyl Nol a Mlan 2017 Festival Friday 7th July 2017 - Saturday 8th July Location: Llangrannog

A festival for everyone of all ages in one of Wales’ prettiest seaside village, Llangrannog! The 2017 festival will be held in the evening of Friday the 7th of July and all day on Saturday the 8th, and once again this year the festival is free of charge!

Tivy Side Show

Tivy Side Show Saturday 8th July 2017 Location: Newcastle Emlyn

Located on the outskirts of Newcastle Emlyn on the fertile land of Esgairnewydd fields (with thanks to the Evans family), it’s a fabulous location for exhibitors, on lookers and visitors. Hundreds upon hundreds of people visit the showground annually at the beginning of July. Every year, the show develops and changes due to demand. She is also a modern show that appeals to the young and the experienced exhibitors amongst us. From Shetland Ponies to Sport Horses and Hunters, there are classes for everyone. The trade stands attract a huge crowd and the dog section is always popular. Come and see the cattle, pigs and sheep, before visiting the craft and cookery tent – there’s something to amuse everyone

Aberaeron Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival

Aberaeron Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival Sunday 9th July 2017 Location: Aberaeron Harbour

20th 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

Rhydlewis Summer Craft Fair

Saturday 22nd July 2017 Location: Rhydlewis Village Hall

Rhydlewis Summer Craft Fair has a wide range of stalls selling a variety of crafts including candles, slate, cushions, woodcarving, jewellery and ceramics plus homemade preserves and cakes. Updates can be found on the Rhydlewis Village Hall Facebook site.

Cardigan Carnival

Cardigan Carnival Saturday 29th July 2017 - Saturday 5th August Location: Cardigan & Around

A fun packed programme of events culminating in a carnival parade through Cardigan town on Saturday, August 5. The last Carnival Queen from 2000, Anne Holmes, will be coming for the day and will crown the new king and queen in a nice link back to the past. The carnival kicks off on Saturday, July 29 with a fancy dress pub crawl starting at the Rugby Club at 6.30pm. The following day there will be a family treasure hunt, starting from the Grosvenor pub at 3pm. There is bingo at the castle on Monday, July 31 (7pm) and on August 3 there is a cocktail quiz night at Pendre Arts Café (7pm). Cardigan Carnival Barrel RunOn Friday August 4, there is the Mantle beer barrel relay outside the Guildhall (7pm) with only two places left, with the highlight the carnival parade through the town from 1.30pm on Saturday August 5, followed by activities, including bands, stalls, games and a tug-of-war on the King George V playing field until 6.30pm. For the parade, walkers can turn up in fancy dress on the day and it will be judged in the playing field. Floats are asked to register through the Facebook website that has been set up. Floats will meet on Station Road and cross over the bridge into town and will be judged as they pass the Guildhall. The carnival king and queen will be pulled by shire horses and crowned outside the Guildhall. The town’s traders are also taking part, with a spot the deliberate mistake in shop windows. Entry forms can be collected from participating shops. And there has been a big response to a request for old photographs from past carnivals. “We want people to have fun and restarting a tradition that will continue for a long time to come.” Information about float registration and events can be found at https://www.facebook.com/CardiganCarnival/

Lampeter Food Festival

Lampeter Food Festival Saturday 29th July 2017 Location: Lampeter

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

Newcastle Emlyn Art Festival

Newcastle Emlyn Art Festival Monday 31st July 2017 - Saturday 12th August Location: Newcastle Emlyn Town

With great works of art in shop windows throughout the town.

August 2017

Trails by Hannah Morris & Owain Griffiths

Trails by Hannah Morris & Owain Griffiths Saturday 24th June 2017 - Sunday 6th August Location: Oriel Mwldan

Through Trails/Olion Morris and Griffiths explore ideas of travel and leisure, looking in particular at the way in which we respond to and interact with landscapes. Following a tour of Youth Hostels in England and Wales the duo's artistic responses (including spontaneous prints and sound pieces) will be shown in the gallery alongside a site responsive artwork made in the space. Opening event with live music/sound performance 4pm Saturday 24th June - free entry. hannahmmorris.co.uk soundcloud.com/owaingriffiths

Cardigan Carnival

Cardigan Carnival Saturday 29th July 2017 - Saturday 5th August Location: Cardigan & Around

A fun packed programme of events culminating in a carnival parade through Cardigan town on Saturday, August 5. The last Carnival Queen from 2000, Anne Holmes, will be coming for the day and will crown the new king and queen in a nice link back to the past. The carnival kicks off on Saturday, July 29 with a fancy dress pub crawl starting at the Rugby Club at 6.30pm. The following day there will be a family treasure hunt, starting from the Grosvenor pub at 3pm. There is bingo at the castle on Monday, July 31 (7pm) and on August 3 there is a cocktail quiz night at Pendre Arts Café (7pm). Cardigan Carnival Barrel RunOn Friday August 4, there is the Mantle beer barrel relay outside the Guildhall (7pm) with only two places left, with the highlight the carnival parade through the town from 1.30pm on Saturday August 5, followed by activities, including bands, stalls, games and a tug-of-war on the King George V playing field until 6.30pm. For the parade, walkers can turn up in fancy dress on the day and it will be judged in the playing field. Floats are asked to register through the Facebook website that has been set up. Floats will meet on Station Road and cross over the bridge into town and will be judged as they pass the Guildhall. The carnival king and queen will be pulled by shire horses and crowned outside the Guildhall. The town’s traders are also taking part, with a spot the deliberate mistake in shop windows. Entry forms can be collected from participating shops. And there has been a big response to a request for old photographs from past carnivals. “We want people to have fun and restarting a tradition that will continue for a long time to come.” Information about float registration and events can be found at https://www.facebook.com/CardiganCarnival/

Newcastle Emlyn Art Festival

Newcastle Emlyn Art Festival Monday 31st July 2017 - Saturday 12th August Location: Newcastle Emlyn Town

With great works of art in shop windows throughout the town.

Cardigan County Show 2017

Cardigan County Show 2017 Wednesday 2nd August 2017 Location: Cardigan & Around

Cardigan County ShowCardigan's popular annual agricultural show with livestock judging, music and a great atmosphere. Located just off the A487 south of Cardigan, shortly after the Longdown St. junction to St.Dogmael's.  

Shakespeare in the Abbey

Shakespeare in the Abbey Wednesday 2nd August 2017 - Saturday 5th August Location: St Dogmaels Abbey

Richard II

For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings; How some have been deposed; some slain in war, Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed; Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd; All murder'd: Richard II, Act III Sc 2 The Abbey Shakespeare Players are thrilled to present Richard II for the first time in their thirty-year history of performances in the majestic ruins of St Dogmael's Abbey. The play follows the final two years of King Richard's life as he fights to retain the crown in face of opposition led by Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford. In his account of the struggle between these two contrasting leaders, Shakespeare explores what it means to be human, and to be king - and how the balance of this understanding can change the direction of an entire nation. Tickets will be available in advance from Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan Tickets are also available at the gate on the evening. This is an outdoor production so please dress warmly. Seating is provided.  

Aberporth Carnival

Aberporth Carnival Thursday 3rd August 2017 Location: Aberporth Village Hall and Recreation Ground

Aberporth Carnival has been running successfully for over 25 years! Held annually on the first Thursday in August. More information to follow

Llanfair Art Exhibition

Thursday 3rd August 2017 - Sunday 6th August Location: Llanfair Clydogau Village Hall

This popular annual event held in the pretty village of Llanfair Clydogau with its ancient stone bridge, features the work of 8 talented Ceredigion artists, and includes feltwork, ceramics, collograph & lino printing, wood carving, acrylics, oils and watercolours. Tea/coffee & homemade cake available. Plenty of parking. Late night opening Fri. 4th Aug, until 8pm. Everyone welcome. Artists: Ali Scott, Sue Powell (Pebbles in the Sand), Dodie & Jamie Herschel (Nantyfelin Pottery) Aerwen Griffiths, Claire Parsons, Cynthia Westney, Blue Powell & Ali Smith.

New Quay Music Festival

New Quay Music Festival Friday 4th August 2017 - Sunday 6th August Location: New Quay

The festival is held over the weekend with a great selection of bands in the marquee on each of the three nights

Cilgerran Festival Week

Cilgerran Festival Week Friday 11th August 2017 - Sunday 20th August Location: Cilgerran

Watch out for more information on the popular village festival. The coracle races are a must!

Lampeter Agricultural Show

Lampeter Agricultural Show Friday 11th August 2017 Location: Pontfaen Fields

The Lampeter agricultural show follows in the tradition of the Cardiganshire Agricultural Society which was first established in 1784 to promote and improve farming methods, crops and livestock in West Wales. This show has horses and other livestock including goats. Vintage and carriage display. Rugby 7-a-side. Lampeter show More information on this years show to follow

Aberaeron Beer & Cider Festival

Aberaeron Beer & Cider Festival Saturday 12th August 2017 Location: Aberaeron Yacht Club

The Aberaeron Beer & Cider Festival, which has been a great success due to the magnificent hard work of Lowri & Nathan Goss, 2017's event will be on Saturday the 12th August, venue Aberaeron Yacht & Watersports Club, a selection of the very best Real Ales and Ciders will be on offer, as well as a Tented Marquee, Live Music and Good Grub. Entry Free, All Welcome, Come and Sample Some of the Best Beers and Ciders Available Today

Ceredigion Art Trail 2017

Ceredigion Art Trail 2017 Saturday 12th August 2017 - Sunday 27th August Location: Cardigan & Around

The Trail offers everyone the opportunity to meet artists and makers, to learn firsthand about their work and techniques and to buy direct from the artist. Ceredigion Art Trail 2017

Dark Ecology Exhibition by Seán Vicary

Dark Ecology Exhibition 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 www.seanvicary.com www.seanvicary.com

Cardigan River and Food Festival

Cardigan River and Food Festival Saturday 12th August 2017 Location: Cardigan & Around

The festival is great fun for all the family, with cooking demonstrations and a full programme of river events, entertainment and activities for the children. There will be plenty to eat, drink, see and enjoy, so come along and get a real taste of Cardigan!

Aberaeron Festival Of Welsh Ponies & Cobs

Aberaeron Festival Of Welsh Ponies & Cobs Sunday 13th August 2017 Location: Square Field Cae Sgwar Aberaeron

A truly unique event showcasing every aspect of the amazing breed, the Welsh pony and Cob. Exciting events throughout the day in the square field, Cae Sgwar right in the middle of Aberaeron. Events will include:

  • Introduction to the sections of the breed: section A, section B, section C, section D & Welsh part-bred.
  • In-hand, under-saddle & driving displays.
  • Inter-hunt relay showcasing jumping, thrills & spills!
  • Showjumping & dressage displays.
  • Running of the stallions.
  • Food & craft stalls.
Horse & pony entry is free & everyone is welcome.

AberJazz Fishguard Jazz 'n' Blues Festival

AberJazz Fishguard Jazz 'n' Blues Festival Thursday 24th August 2017 - Monday 28th August Location: Fishguard - Various Venues

Once again this year there's a fantastic line up which is a diverse blend of jazz, blues and everything in between. For example if you like a bit of Dixieland music mixed with a bit of R&B then don’t miss the legendary frontman from Manfred Mann, Paul Jones with Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen; Alternatively, for a bit of nostalgia, you will be surprised how many songs you know, The Chris Ingham Quartet featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael will delight; For a bit of zany comedy you must see Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band but they are not just fooling, these guys are really brilliant jazz musicians mixing Bonzo Dog, Spike Jones and Pythonesque humour. Elsewhere on the programme find The Red Stripe Band playing in the Bay Hotel, Goodwick, which should allow plenty of room for dancing. All of this plus a full programme of events in Ffwrn with too many acts to mention here, the usual quality events in our intimate jazz cafe, Peppers. TS Skirmisher and The Yacht Club as well as many of the pubs in the twin towns and slightly further afield. Expect a party atmosphere as the town comes to life with live music in the pubs, busking in the streets. This is carnival weekend in Fishguard and Aberjazz keeps it going for five days. Download 2017 your programme here aberjazz festival 2017

Cardigan Quays Festival 2017

Cardigan Quays Festival 2017 Friday 25th August 2017 - Sunday 27th August Location: Cardigan Quay

The annual Cardigan quays festival celebrates Cardigan's rich cultural and maritime heritage.

A CELEBRATION OF THE RIVER, CULTURE AND PEOPLE IN AND AROUND CARDIGAN & THE TEIFI VALLEY
BOATS | BEER | MAKERS | GROWERS | FOOD | FIREWORKS | MUSIC |  SPECTACLE | FUN
This is the town that has been the fortified seat of kings, that has given birth to the Eisteddfod, and that helped set sail to the dreams of many to a new land called America. There will be music, crafts, river activities, food stalls from artisan producers, fish, beers, cheeses, breads, workshops, performers and a whole wealth of sights, sounds, tastes and experiences to delight and entertain. All this against the backdrop of the Historic port and the majestic River Teifi flowing down to the open sea. The festival is held in and around the quayside on the river opposite the castle in the old port area of the town.

Tregaron Trotting Club Races

Tregaron Trotting Club Races Friday 25th August 2017 - Saturday 26th August Location: Tregaron Trotting

  First Race 2pm. Read more about harness racing here

Aberaeron Carnival 2017

Monday 28th August 2017 Location: Aberaeron Harbour

The Aberaeron Carnival takes place every year on the August Bank Holiday Monday. The Carnival Parade starts on the Harbour Quay at 13:45

Carnival colours for 2017 are Pink, Pink and more Pink

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