4 great places to eat in the Cardigan and Teifi Valley area
18th July 2012
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Are you a creature of habit?
Or do you crave new experiences?
Expand that comfort zone and become a tourist in your home area.

Next time you plan dinner plan to explore somewhere new!

You will not be disappointed.  Cardigan and the surrounding Teify Valley area have interesting places to visit with a high standard of cuisine.

Gardd y Nos is located in Aberporth, North of Cardigan and specializes in innovative cuisine.  The talented chef makes the most of the fresh fish from the Quay and seafood from Cardigan Bay.  Local cheeses and fresh seasonal ingredients ensure you will enjoy premier quality dishes.  The modern airy restaurant is a great place to catch up with friends and you can enjoy a glass of wine from the great selection available and while away the evening on their veranda. Here is a small sample of dishes available,

Cardigan Bay Crab with Savory Welsh Cakes - Saffron and Lemon Mayonnaise, Beetroot, Bean shoot and Sesame Salad

Hot Pot of the Sea - Fillets Bass and Hake with Prawns & Mussels- Tomato, White Wine & Fennel Sauce

And back by popular demand:  Real Pie of the day made with suet pastry top and bottom (!) with the contents changed daily.

You are only a stone’s throw away from one of Cardigan Bay’s finest beaches Aberporth and this is the perfect place to finish a great day. 
Booking is essential at Gardd y Nos  01239 639 085.

The Nags Head is tucked away in the rural village of Abercych.  If you are familiar with Welsh place names you will know that this is a splendid riverside location (Aber means the mouth of the river… Cych) with beer garden and children's playground. This makes it a perfect spot for Sunday lunch or an evening meal. Not only does it have a riverside beer garden, it is also cited as the entrance to the enchanted valley in the famous Welsh folk tales of Mabinogion. 
You can enjoy a wide selection of bar meals including,

Freshly caught Cardigan Bay lobster and dressed Crab or locally caught Sewin (sea trout).
Pembrokeshire hot & spicy sausage and potato pie,
Homemade steak and ale pie,
Lamb shank with mint & onion gravy,
Faggots and mushy peas.
And all with a choice of mash, Pembrokeshire new potatoes or fresh cut homemade chips!
  Hubby's favourite are their homemade deep filled quiches
This is no ordinary gastro pub, built in the 16th century it exudes character and charm, it reflects the localities history with a coracle hanging from the ceiling and for real ale aficionados it has guest ales, hard to come by from small breweries, with a different one featured each week. They now have their own micro brewery on site featuring Red Cych
Bring the children and enjoy summer nights in the beer garden.  Booking is always recommended through the busy summer months call The Nags Head on 01239 639 096

The Teifi Netpool Inn is a family friendly pub set in a beautiful location further along the banks of the river Teifi by St Dogmaels.  Serving real ales and fabulous pub food, this cosy country pub boasts charm, character and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. 
This is the ideal location for you to bring your family to as it is located close to the village green and children’s play area with an exceptional children’s menu,
Cottage Pie –homemade cottage pie made with Welsh
beef mince, Peas and sweetcorn, topped with creamy mashed potato
and a sprinkling of cheese
Macaroni Cheese –homemade macaroni cheese with crispy
bacon pieces, topped with melted cheese and crisps
(vegetarian option available)

 And you can choose from the delicious menu,

Fruity Beef Casserole – prime beef in a fruity sauce with apricots,
tomato, red pepper, carrot, cinnamon, ginger and garlic, served with
rice, mashed potato or chips

Lamb Hot Pot – diced lamb and vegetables with herbs and spices,
topped with sliced potato, served with a garlic roll

Red Thai Pork Curry – tender chunks of pork in a creamy, spicy
Red Thai curry and lime leaf sauce, served with rice
Baby back ribs in BBQ Sauce, served with mashed potato
And seasonal vegetables of the day

Booking is advised! Call The Teifi Netpool Inn on  01239 639 163

Newcastle Emlyn is a bustling market town community which grew up around a crossing point over the River Teifi.  Today, although the castle is in ruins, the town is lively and attractive and its people welcoming. As the name suggests Riverside Café is a picturesque venue (a 300 year old smithy) that enjoys a view over the Teifi and is a short walk from the castle.  Riverside Café is a vegetarian restaurant serving mouth-watering snacks, cakes and hot food.   Dishes are prepared with locally sourced, natural ingredients. Bear in mind the menu changes with the seasons but you may be tempted by
Stilton and Mushroom Quiche
Mediterranean Lasagne
Falafel, Humus and Pitta Bread
Chickpea Potato Curry and Rice
And much, much more!

If you fancy something lighter, why not enjoy some homemade soup or if you are just stopping for a cup of tea and a cake you can enjoy a freshly made homemade scone, carrot cake, pear & polenta cake or coffee cake!
Advanced bookings are recommended on Fridays & sunny days! Riverside Cafe 01239 639 105

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