The Harbourmaster

“Delightful quayside hotel overlooking Cardigan Bay” - AA Inspector

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ABERAERON, CEREDIGION

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Close to the harbour-mouth, the grand sunsets of Cardigan Bay illuminate the pastel colours of this and other quayside buildings crowding in around the old port. It's an enchanting scene, the ideal culmination of a day's exploring the astonishing coastline and deep countryside here in west Wales. The owners make the most of the wealth of surf 'n turf produce available from this favoured locale. Bar menus might highlight crispy cockles with chilli vinegar; roast squash, pear, toasted seed, sage and parmesan, or Cardigan Bay crab with chilli and garlic linguini. The fare is an easy medley of traditional and contemporary dishes. The restaurant menu majors on seafood, but also carries pheasant breast with creamed cabbage, celeriac, bacon, fondant potato and brown bread sauce; or braised pork cheeks with turnip purée, salt baked turnip, cavalo vero and cider. Beers are from first-rate microbreweries, whilst the real cider harks from the Ebbw Valley.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The Harbourmaster
Pen Cei, ABERAERON, SA46 0BT
Phone : 01545 570755

Features

Children
  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
Facilities
  • Free Wifi
  • Coach parties accepted
Opening times
  • Closed: 2
  • 2

About the area

Discover Ceredigion

The name ‘Ceredigion’ takes a bit of explanation. The town of Cardigan gives its name to the surrounding bay, but the county now uses the Welsh word for Cardiganshire – Ceredigion, pronounced with a ‘dig’. Cardigan Bay itself is a large inlet of the Irish Sea and stretches from Bardsey Island to Strumble Head. With many beaches and a unique marine life, it’s the place to come to spot bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and Atlantic grey seals. The area is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), designated under European law to protect its species and habitats. The Ceredigion coastal path is also a major attraction.

Much of the surrounding land is fertile farmland, dotted with towns and seaside resorts such as Fishguard, New Quay, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Borth, Aberdyfi, Barmouth and Porthmadog. It’s also a section of coast that major rivers flow into, including the Afon Glaslyn, Teifi, Rheidol, Dyfi, Aeron, Dysynni and Mawddach. Historically, the area supported a strong maritime industry. Cardigan was a major hub, once having more than 300 ships registered in its port, seven times as many as Cardiff. Due to being something of a backwater, in many ways this area remains charmingly unspoilt. The nearby heather-clad Preseli Hills are an additional delight.

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