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!

November 2017

Jonathan Anderson Pylon Totems

Jonathan Anderson pylon totems Saturday 7th October 2017 - Sunday 26th November 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

St Dogmael's Firework Display

Saturday 4th November 2017 Location: Alexandra Gardens

Come and enjoy food and drink from local stall and the Teifi Netpool Inn.

Abertoir The International Horror Festival of Wales

Tuesday 14th November 2017 - Sunday 19th November Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Abertoir - Wales' International Horror Festival

Wales' International Horror Festival

Abertoir is an annual horror and horror film festival held in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre in Ceredigion, Wales in November. The festival began as a three-day event and has grown since to a six-day schedule. Abertoir is Wales' only horror festival and is a member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation. As well as screening new big-budget horror films, classic and independent films form a large and important part of the festival line-up. Each year a short film competition is held, which showcases horror and fantasy short films from around the world. In addition to film screenings, the festival regularly features concerts, theatre shows and masterclasses in its line up.

Roots - National Dance Company Wales

Roots – National Dance Company Wales Thursday 16th November 2017 Location: Mwldan

Wales’ National dance company lead you through an evening of discovery with a selection of exciting contemporary works performed by some of the world’s best dancers. Full of wit, character and stunning movement, the night will also include discussion and anecdotes from our artists. The company’s Artistic Director, Caroline Finn, presents Beside Himself about one man split into two halves. His ego; and his alter ego, and Animatorium where a troupe of characters are brought to life and controlled by their charming yet sinister Master - but for how long? Lee Johnston’s They Seek to Find the Happiness They Seem is a heart-wrenching exploration of disconnection within a relationship. Omertà by Matteo Marfoglia is a moving and powerful piece about the role of women in Italian Mafia society and their route to freedom. more info

Free Lantern Making Workshops

Lantern Making Workshop Sunday 19th November 2017 Location: Small World Theatre

Small World Theatre welcome you to one of the free lantern making workshops. By constructing a lantern you will help make this creative town light up. Last year the event attracted over 350 lanterns and some giant lanterns created by members of the public. The procession was a true celebration of community and the festive season, delighting thousands of spectators. We would like to make the Parade bigger and better in 2017 so please spread the word. We hope everyone has the chance to make a lantern so they can join a parade through the streets and be part of an evening spectacular on Friday 8 December from 7pm – 8.30pm. On that night Cardigan’s many shops will be open for late night shopping. Small World Theatre will lead the parade from Pendre Art to Cardigan Castle where there will be a breath taking fireworks display at 8pm. Workshops will be fun and creative. Please encourage friends and family to make lanterns and come along to this great event. Lanterns are made from tissue paper and PVA glue, so please come to the making session in old clothes (some aprons will be available as well). We’d like you to book ahead so we know how many staff to help. Please contact us on 01239 615 952 and speak to a member of Small World Theatre. Our Box Office open times are Tues – Fri, 9.30am – 4.30pm. See you all soon! BOOK YOUR PLACES NOW Suitable for all ages and abilities. Cardigan Festive FortnightCardigan Festive Fortnight Event

Free Lantern Making Workshops

Lantern Making Workshop Sunday 26th November 2017 Location: Small World Theatre

Small World Theatre welcome you to one of the free lantern making workshops. By constructing a lantern you will help make this creative town light up. Last year the event attracted over 350 lanterns and some giant lanterns created by members of the public. The procession was a true celebration of community and the festive season, delighting thousands of spectators. We would like to make the Parade bigger and better in 2017 so please spread the word. We hope everyone has the chance to make a lantern so they can join a parade through the streets and be part of an evening spectacular on Friday 8 December from 7pm – 8.30pm. On that night Cardigan’s many shops will be open for late night shopping. Small World Theatre will lead the parade from Pendre Art to Cardigan Castle where there will be a breath taking fireworks display at 8pm. Workshops will be fun and creative. Please encourage friends and family to make lanterns and come along to this great event. Lanterns are made from tissue paper and PVA glue, so please come to the making session in old clothes (some aprons will be available as well). We’d like you to book ahead so we know how many staff to help. Please contact us on 01239 615 952 and speak to a member of Small World Theatre. Our Box Office open times are Tues – Fri, 9.30am – 4.30pm. See you all soon! BOOK YOUR PLACES NOW Suitable for all ages and abilities. Cardigan Festive FortnightCardigan Festive Fortnight Event

December 2017

Cardigan Festive Fortnight

Cardigan Festive Fortnight Saturday 2nd December 2017 - Tuesday 12th December Location: Cardigan & Around

Creative Cardigan's wonderful programme of events and special attractions during Festive Fortnight organised by community groups, creative organisations, artists and local independent businesses. Including the Winter Giant Lantern Parade on December 8th. Events Include:



Orbit Exhibition by Simon Fenoulhet

Simon Fenoulhet Orbit Exhibition Saturday 2nd December 2017 - Sunday 14th January Location: Oriel Mwldan

n Simon Fenoulhet’s work, light is often the medium and sometimes the subject but always the main consideration. Often using ready made objects and materials, Fenoulhet’s art is a reworking of the everyday, finding unexpected visual properties in objects. We have grown accustomed to high levels of illumination in our homes and places of work but this work demonstrates the artist’s interest in the ability of light to reveal unusual things about the world. There will be an opening event with a talk from the artist on Saturday 2 December at 4pm.

Llanerchaeron Christmas Fair

Christmas Saturday 2nd December 2017 - Sunday 3rd December Location: Llanerchaeron

Soak up the magic of the festive season and enjoy a great day shopping at Llanerchaeron annual Christmas Fair. Come along for a weekend of mince pies, mulled wine and over 70 local food and craft stalls. Llanerchaeron house will be decorated for Christmas and there will be a visit from Father Christmas and a treasure hunt for the children.

Switching on the Christmas Lights

Saturday 2nd December 2017 Location: Cardigan Guildhall

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Christmas Dance at The Guildhall

Christmas Dance at The Guildhall Saturday 2nd December 2017 Location: Cardigan Guildhall

Ballroom, Latin and Jive dances with a Full Bar and a raffle. Cardigan Festive FortnightCardigan Festive Fortnight Event

Christmas Fair at Cardigan Castle

Christmas Fair at Cardigan Castle Saturday 2nd December 2017 - Sunday 3rd December Location: Cardigan Castle

Find the perfect festive gift amongst the beautiful, handcrafted wares presented by a variety of makers and artists. As well as local crafts, you can meet Father Christmas who will be paying the Castle a visit. There will be plenty of good things to eat too! Cardigan Festive FortnightCardigan Festive Fortnight Event

Late Night Shopping

Cardigan Friday 8th December 2017 Location: Cardigan & Around

Cardigan’s shopkeepers will be open late for you to do your Christmas shopping in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Find just the right present while eliminating the Christmas Eve panic-buying frenzy! Rumours of sherry and mince pies are mixed with burgeoning ideas (including music on the street and spontaneous fun events). Late Night Shopping coincides with a spectacular Winter Lantern Parade from 7 – 8.30pm. Hundreds upon hundreds of illuminated tissue paper lanterns will snake through the town from Pendre Art to Cardigan Castle where there will be an impressive firework display. This is an evening not to be missed! Cardigan Festive FortnightCardigan Festive Fortnight Event

Winter Giant Lantern Parade

Winter Giant Lantern Parade Friday 8th December 2017 Location: Cardigan & Around

Join a magnificent lantern parade on Friday 8 December through the streets of Cardigan from 7pm! Be part of an evening spectacular that ends in a breath taking fireworks display around 8pm. Last year the event attracted over 350 lanterns and some giant lanterns created by members of the public. The procession lit up the town in a true celebration of community and the festive season delighting thousands of spectators. We would like to make the Parade bigger and better in 2017 so please spread the word. We hope everyone had the chance to make a lantern on 19th November or 26th November of Small World Theatre’s Lantern Making Workshop in November. If not, don’t worry, come along and join the crowd. Cardigan’s many shops will be open for late night shopping. Small World Theatre will lead the parade from Pendre Art to Cardigan Castle where there will be entertainment and a great view of the fireworks display across the Teifi. The theme of this parade is ‘ Legendary’. Amongst the lanterns will be some giant creations made by community groups. If you’ve made a lantern, you will be able to take yours home after the parade and in time for Christmas. We’re meeting at Small World Theatre at 6.00pm to collect our lanterns and light our candles. Please contact us on 01239 615 952 and speak to a member of Small World Theatre. If you’d like more information. Our Box Office open times are Tues – Fri, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Cardigan Festive FortnightCardigan Festive Fortnight Event

Cardigan Art Society Winter Exhibition

Cardigan Guildhall Winter Exhibition Monday 11th December 2017 - Saturday 16th December Location: Corn Exchange Gallery

For half a century CAS has promoted the visual arts in the area by providing its members with a mutual support system consisting of talks, demonstrations and workshops. CAS welcomes artists of all levels of ability and provides them with at least two public showings annually. For membership details and a programme of current activities, visit the society's page.