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!

April 2018

Become a Mini Marine Biologist

Mini Marine Biologist Saturday 14th April 2018 Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

In these family-friendly sessions, you will become a Marine Biologist - collecting and identifying specimens from the strandline and rock-pools. We will bring samples back to our 'lab', and look at the world of mini marine life under the microscope. You will also learn about the things that can affect our marine wildlife, such as litter and pollution and find out what we can do to help. Each session will include an art or craft activity relating to your scientific discoveries. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, sessions will be held indoors in our Discovery Room. No charge, but donations towards the work of CBMWC are welcome.

Lampeter Stallion Show

lampeter stallion show Saturday 21st April 2018 Location: Llanllyr

57th Annual Show A Welsh Pony and Cob Society Silver Medal and rosette will be awarded to the overall Champion in each Section. Visit the website for the 2018 schedule.

TCHA LIMBERGER GYPSY JAZZ TRIO @ THEATR MWLDAN

Saturday 21st April 2018 Location: Mwldan

TCHA LIMBERGER GYPSY JAZZ TRIO As close to Gypsy jazz royalty as you’re likely to get! Guitar mastery, swinging Reinhardt classics mixed with traditional European Gypsy repertoire. Undeniably the most loved and respected Gypsy musician on the planet, violin superstar Tcha Limberger recently accorded the title by The Times “Polymath King of Gypsy music” joins forces with the guitar wizard, Mozes Rosenberg. Limberger, a spectacular multi-instrumentalist, known as much for enchanting performances with his Budapest Gypsy Orchestra and Kalotaszeg Trio as he is for being the world’s greatest Gypsy jazz violinist, is an unstoppable force in the world of world, folk and jazz music.

James Moore Exhibition - Strange Eden

James Moore Exhibition – Strange Eden Saturday 28th April 2018 - Sunday 10th June Location: Oriel Mwldan

James Moore’s work could be described as 'photo realist', because of his use of exacting techniques to mimic different materials. He beings with reference points such as museums dioramas, video games and dreams.  He copies, pastes, samples and collages to build his paintings and animations. Yet, if you look closer; there also occurs blurred edges, abstracted shapes and situations which don’t make sense; all tricks and games, because to Moore, 'painting has always been about fakery- about synthesising the world view into plastic space'.

Become a Mini Marine Biologist

Mini Marine Biologist Saturday 28th April 2018 Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

In these family-friendly sessions, you will become a Marine Biologist - collecting and identifying specimens from the strandline and rock-pools. We will bring samples back to our 'lab', and look at the world of mini marine life under the microscope. You will also learn about the things that can affect our marine wildlife, such as litter and pollution and find out what we can do to help. Each session will include an art or craft activity relating to your scientific discoveries. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, sessions will be held indoors in our Discovery Room. No charge, but donations towards the work of CBMWC are welcome.

Barley Saturday Cardigan 2018

Barley Saturday Cardigan Saturday 28th April 2018 Location: Cardigan & Around

Barley Saturday has since the 19th Century, been held on the last Saturday in April - it is an unique event in Cardigan. Barley Saturday saw farmers from surrounding area come to town to hire workers and to inspect stallions that are put out to stud. These days the horses are the centre of attention. After the 11.30am, judging of various horse competitions, the crowds gather to watch the horses do their parade around the Cardigan at approximately 2pm. The horses are followed by of vintage cars, motorbikes, tractors, carriages, milk floats and gypsy wagons.

1920's Jazz Night

1920s Jazz Night Saturday 28th April 2018 Location: Vale of Rheidol Railway

Step back into the world of the Great Gatsby while the music plays and the bootleg liquor flows. Everyone dresses in 1920’s outfits - so pull on your flapper dress and get ready to Charleston! Take a steam train trip from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge. Buffet & entertainment at the Hafod Hotel. If you’re a fan of the TV series Peaky Blinders this is a must!! Package includes: Complimentary cocktail on the platform Train ticket from Aberystwyth Buffet and entertainment at the Hafod Hotel Return travel to Aberystwyth by coach DRESS CODE: 20’s and 30’s

May 2018

Making Pictures - with Janet Bolton

janet bolton workshop Saturday 5th May 2018 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. Meet The Artist May 4th 2018

Become a Mini Marine Biologist

Mini Marine Biologist Saturday 12th May 2018 Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

In these family-friendly sessions, you will become a Marine Biologist - collecting and identifying specimens from the strandline and rock-pools. We will bring samples back to our 'lab', and look at the world of mini marine life under the microscope. You will also learn about the things that can affect our marine wildlife, such as litter and pollution and find out what we can do to help. Each session will include an art or craft activity relating to your scientific discoveries. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, sessions will be held indoors in our Discovery Room. No charge, but donations towards the work of CBMWC are welcome.

Elvis Charity Night at Tafarn Bach

Elvis Charity Night Saturday 12th May 2018 - Sunday 13th May Location: Tafarn Bach

ELVIS!.....Will be in the building!!????? CHARITY NIGHT!!! Tafarn Bach Presents.....The Michael Vegas Rees Show: A Tribute to the King. £5 Entry - Ticket profits going to Welsh Wales Air Ambulance There will also be a raffle during the evening. Showtime is 8.30pm in our Function Room . Come along and enjoy the Sight, Sound and Spirit of The King of Rock 'n' Roll as Michael Vegas Rees performs as Elvis Presley and help raise money for a good cause! Tel: 01545 590818 or find us on facebook for details

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival 2018

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival Saturday 19th May 2018 - Tuesday 29th 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. Includes fringe events all week and of course brings you the thrills of town centre cycle races all afternoon and evening on the 26th May. With some of Britain’s top cyclists making a rare appearance in Mid Wales, festival visitors can watch all the on & off road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes.

Fishguard Folk Festival 2018

Fishguard Folk Festival Friday 25th May 2018 - Monday 28th 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



Women’s Walking Holiday

Women's Walking Holiday Friday 25th May 2018 - Thursday 31st May Location: Over The Rainbow

A fun-filled magical mystery tour of west Wales, discovering local hidden gems. Includes a boat trip, steam train ride, and a visit to the Coracle centre. Daily yoga sessions available to help you unwind after the day’s activities. Details of Accommodation at Over the Rainbow Costs: Residential: £465 (Shared Room) Residential: £540 (Single Room) Camping/Campervans welcome: £365 Daytripper tickets available: £35 (A day’s walk including breakfast, morning yoga, packed lunch. (+£20 for boat trip +£20 for steam train ride).

Become a Mini Marine Biologist

Mini Marine Biologist Saturday 26th May 2018 Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

In these family-friendly sessions, you will become a Marine Biologist - collecting and identifying specimens from the strandline and rock-pools. We will bring samples back to our 'lab', and look at the world of mini marine life under the microscope. You will also learn about the things that can affect our marine wildlife, such as litter and pollution and find out what we can do to help. Each session will include an art or craft activity relating to your scientific discoveries. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, sessions will be held indoors in our Discovery Room. No charge, but donations towards the work of CBMWC are welcome.

Ceredigion Garden & Craft Festival

Sunday 27th May 2018 - Monday 28th May Location: Alban Square Field

Now in its 9th year and expanding all the time. Held on Alban Square Field, Aberaeron and organised by Ceredigion & District Growers Association, this is the premier event of its type in West Wales. Plants, Crafts and Food. 60 stalls. FREE ENTRY.