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!

May 2017

Through the Paper Window - Lea Sautin

Through the Paper Window - Lea Sautin Saturday 29th April 2017 - Sunday 18th June Location: Oriel Mwldan

Lea Sautin’s artwork focuses on the storytelling traditions of Wales, exploring distortions and transformations that occur over time, across languages and between formats (from oral performance to illustrated manuscript). Using elements taken from ancient Welsh tales as the basis for her work, Sautin uses print to sculpture to photography to reflect the evolution and alteration of the stories themselves. Through her work Lea Sautin celebrates the shifting craft of the storyteller; whether the medium is spoken, written or drawn. On Saturday 29th April there will be storytelling and music with Lynne Denman in the gallery 4 pm - free entry #ffenestrbapur

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival Sunday 21st May 2017 - Tuesday 30th 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 brings you the televised 'Tour Series' professional race to the famous promenade as the flagship event of the festival. With some of Britain’s top cyclists making a rare appearance in Mid Wales, festival visitors can watch the all the on & off road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes.

Fishguard Folk Festival

Fishguard Folk Festival Friday 26th May 2017 - Monday 29th May Location: Fishguard - Various Venues

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 Programme Here

 

May Half Term Fun at Llanerchaeron

May Half Term Fun at Llanerchaeron Saturday 27th May 2017 - Sunday 4th June Location: Llanerchaeron

Join our ranger on a bug hunt, build a den, get planting with our gardener and grow everything you need for a summer pizza and watch our flock of sheep get their annual hair cut! Ceredigion Spinners and Weavers will also be demonstrating how to treat, dye and spin a sheep’s fleece into wool. There are also 6 new tasks on the Servants' Trail! Help the butler pack a picnic, weigh ingredients with the cook and practice darning with the laundry maid. Pick up your wheel at reception and have a go!

Garden & Craft Festival

Garden & Craft Festival Sunday 28th May 2017 - Monday 29th May Location: Square Field Cae Sgwar Aberaeron

Children's entertainment, food stalls, displays and much much more. Organised by the Ceredigion and District Growers Association this is one of Aberaeron's largest events of the season, and a great place to browse for both plants and gifts/crafts. Cae Hir Gardens will be in the marquee serving their famous scones with jam and clotted cream, and a selection of homemade cakes and treats. Tea and 'proper' coffee are a staple of course!

June 2017

Through the Paper Window - Lea Sautin

Through the Paper Window - Lea Sautin Saturday 29th April 2017 - Sunday 18th June Location: Oriel Mwldan

Lea Sautin’s artwork focuses on the storytelling traditions of Wales, exploring distortions and transformations that occur over time, across languages and between formats (from oral performance to illustrated manuscript). Using elements taken from ancient Welsh tales as the basis for her work, Sautin uses print to sculpture to photography to reflect the evolution and alteration of the stories themselves. Through her work Lea Sautin celebrates the shifting craft of the storyteller; whether the medium is spoken, written or drawn. On Saturday 29th April there will be storytelling and music with Lynne Denman in the gallery 4 pm - free entry #ffenestrbapur

May Half Term Fun at Llanerchaeron

May Half Term Fun at Llanerchaeron Saturday 27th May 2017 - Sunday 4th June Location: Llanerchaeron

Join our ranger on a bug hunt, build a den, get planting with our gardener and grow everything you need for a summer pizza and watch our flock of sheep get their annual hair cut! Ceredigion Spinners and Weavers will also be demonstrating how to treat, dye and spin a sheep’s fleece into wool. There are also 6 new tasks on the Servants' Trail! Help the butler pack a picnic, weigh ingredients with the cook and practice darning with the laundry maid. Pick up your wheel at reception and have a go!

Plant Fair

Plant Fair Saturday 3rd June 2017 Location: The Welsh Wildlife Centre

Ceredigion Growers Association Plant Fair FREE PARKING ON THE DAY, FREE ENTRY Wildlife Centre, Walks, Hides, Cafe, Toilets all open - no parking fees!

Drawing with Cloth and Stitch - Cefyn Burgess

Drawing with Cloth and Stitch - Cefyn Burgess Saturday 3rd June 2017 Location: The Welsh Quilt Centre

Exploring surface qualities of the chapels, the raw material and their architectural forms, patterns and rhythms. Cefyn Burgess will be starting from his previous workshop which explored the illustration and interpretation of Welsh Chapels through the use of embellishment and sewing on fabric, felt and Welsh flannel. Workshop students will learn how to work with the four elements of shape, colour, line and texture.

Aberystwyth and Ceredigion County Show

Aberystwyth and Ceredigion County Show Saturday 10th June 2017 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 Saturday 10th June 2017 Location: Newcastle Emlyn

Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival 2017 Come 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.  

Cardigan Beer Festival

Friday 23rd June 2017 - Saturday 24th June Location: Cardigan Quay

Info to follow

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.