Top 5 Places to Eat and Drink in Cardigan Bay

Our top 5 places to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst...

When you stay in the Cardigan Bay area, you are not only spoiled for choice with activities and beautiful surroundings, but there is a variety of fresh cuisine to relish too!

With local seafood being as fresh as can be, combined with traditional, hearty Welsh dishes, and a welcoming atmosphere, there’s no shortage of fabulous places to eat and drink.

Here’s our top five!


Norbar (Llanaber)

This popular bar and restaurant is close to the beautiful Barmouth Beach, and a place where you can sample some of the finest seafood as well as pub classics.

The mouth-watering fruits-de-mer is a sharing platter that gives you a taste of many seafoods, including dressed crab, lobster and king prawns, while meat lovers will love the rack of lamb, venison burgers or chicken la Romana. There’s also an impressive choice of vegetarian options.

What makes Norbar really special, is the open-air terrace that overlooks the sea. The sunsets from here are some of the best you can find in this part of the UK!

Perfect for an evening out with friends, or a romantic date, Norbar is a place to remember.

Check out their Facebook page for more info and menu samples.


Nineteen.57 Restaurant and Bar (Talybont)

This award-winning eatery, located at the entrance of Islawrffordd Caravan Park, won the prestigious ‘Best Restaurant in North Wales Award’ in 2019, and the passion and attention to detail shows in both the dishes and the customer care.

Here you will find a delicious menu made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Firm favourites include slow-roasted shoulder of lamb shepherd’s pie, homemade lasagne and locally produced .57 burgers.

Another reason to visit is the eco-friendly beer option. Coast beer is mainly sold within a mile of the ocean, and 5p from every pint goes towards cleaning up the beaches around the coastline of the UK. Now there’s a feel-good factor!

For more info and to check out their menu, visit their website.


Ysgethin Inn (Talybont)

A place rich in history, the Inn was once a Fulling Mill and you can still see the wheel which powered the mill today.

Located in Talybont, Ysgethin Inn is a popular place for walkers and is just a few minutes from the beach.

Family-friendly, there is a large play area for children to enjoy and an outside seating area.

The menu is of generously portioned, country pub-style dishes, including a selection of steaks, burgers, and seafood.

This pub is well worth a visit as a welcome break after a walk, a family dinner, or an evening out.

Check out their Facebook page for more info.


Mawddach Pizzaria (Llanelltyd)

Who doesn’t love authentic, Italian homemade pizza?

Mawddach Pizzaria is located on a farm in Snowdonia, described as ‘Stylish, unfussy Italian,’ by Michelin Guide 2020.

Here you will find a selection of delicious Italian pizza, extra toppings and sides, made with quality, local ingredients. 

Eat outside, and you get the best view of Cader Idris, a stunning mountain within the Snowdonia range.

Visit their website to check out their menu.


George III (Penmaenpool)

If you like hearty country pub food, made with local ingredients, as well as seating with incredible views, you’re in for a treat when you visit George III!

Nestled between the mountains and sea, you get beautiful views over Snowdonia National Park.

Great for walkers, this is a dog-friendly pub that can be accessed while out hiking, in particular from Dolgellau or Barmouth.

Also a hotel, you can book a stay if you want to explore this stunning area.

Don’t miss out on the sumptuous Sunday roast!

Visit their website for more info and bookings.


Our five star holiday park, Sarnfaen is perfectly located to enjoy the best dining experiences the Cardigan Bay area has to offer.

If you like the sound of Welsh hospitality and a memorable holiday experience, why not book your stay with us today?

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