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



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



Crwst

Crwst

Location: Priory StSA43 1BU Cardigan
Cafe and deli with freshly baked goodies. Great for a coffee or brunch. Closed Monday. Look out for evening openings on the website.
Tel: 01239 611278 Email: contact@crwst.cymru



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



Stwdio 3

Stwdio 3

Location: 3 High Street Cardigan SA43 1HJ
creative community space offering a range of craft activities, meeting and exhibition space with a café and coffee shop. A place where people can meet, eat, make and create.
Tel: 01239 758088 Email: suzi@makeitinwales.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!

June 2019

Lexicon - No Fit State

Friday 7th June 2019 - Sunday 9th June Location: Bluestone Resort

Fantastic entertainment with great music and breathtaking performances. LEXICON is a world inhabited by quiet misfits and furious poetry, a world of magic, laughter and lightness. As you take your seats, enter an experience like no other. Times Friday, June 7 7:30 pm Saturday, June 8 2:00 pm Saturday, June 8 7:30 pm Sunday, June 9 4:00 pm Book tickets: http://bit.ly/lexicon2019

Aberystwyth and Ceredigion County Show

Aberystwyth & Ceredigion County Show Saturday 8th June 2019 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 8th June 2019 Location: Newcastle Emlyn

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. With more than thirty local producers lining up again to present their fantastic produce to you. There is so much choice beers, cheese, incredible vegetarian sauces & salsa, pasta and the most delicious cakes.

Cardigan Independent Beer Festival

Cardigan Independent Beer Festival Friday 28th June 2019 - Saturday 29th June Location: Pizza Tipi

Pizzatipi Beerfest will be celebrating the best craft brewers in Wales for the fourth 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 2019

Aberaeron Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival

Aberaeron Seafood festival Sunday 7th July 2019 Location: Aberaeron Harbour

22nd 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

Aberystwyth Street Food Festival

Friday 19th July 2019 - Sunday 21st July Location: Aberystwyth Marina

Street Food Warehouse present Aberystwyth Street Food Festival 2019 sponsored by Encona sauces! 19th-21st July will see Street Food Warehouse roll into Aberystwyth for a glorious weekend of fantastic fresh food and delicious drinks by the sea. Running 12 noon-10pm daily, an outstanding range of different and flavoursome food will be on offer, from creamy cheesecake to sensational sushi, and from more-ish Mexican to crunchy, doughy churros. Hungry visitors will be able to enjoy a range of mouth-watering food from all over the world alongside an ice-cold pint of Tenby Harbwr Brewery craft beer or a fresh zesty Mojito, courtesy of the Pop Up Bar Hire Company. The famous Teifi Toastie Co, Tafell a Tan, Spicers Meat Wagon and Pink Peppercorn are just some of the street food vendors confirmed, with many other Local and National vendors yet to be announced. Catering for all with vegan, gluten free and vegetarian vendors, there is truly something for everyone. Sponsored by Encona, the UK’s number one hot pepper sauce brand, the festival is completely free and family friendly. This is something you don’t want to miss out on if you love sampling quality food and drink in the sun. Event organiser Tudor Barber commented that “We are really pleased to bringing the team to Aberystwyth for weekend of foodie fun in the sun! Aberystwyth Street Food Festival 2019 is going to be a huge one, watch this space!” To guarantee entry, book your free ticket here:

Wales 360

Wales 360 Monday 22nd July 2019 - Saturday 27th July Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Starting and finishing in Aberystwyth to coincide with Aberystwyth Cycle Festival, the Wales360 is Britain's newest epic mountain bike event. Covering six days this cross country (XC) mountain bike ride is a genuine point-to-point adventure, following a challenging 550k route around Mid and North Wales. The first riders to enter the 2019 edition will become Wales360 Pioneers. In recognition of their support for this new event Pioneers will earn the right to participate in the Wales360 in future years at 2019 prices (T&Cs apply). Pioneer entries will be limited and made available on a first come, first serve basis. You can see the full route here with each day's cycling

Aberystwyth Musicfest

MusicFest Aberystwyth Thursday 25th July 2019 - Saturday 3rd 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 27th July 2019 Location: Lampeter

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