The Ferry Inn

The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels, Cardigan.
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Riverside Inn proves a memorable setting for a delicious dining experience

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TUCKED away in the village of St Dogmaels on the outskirts of Cardigan
is where you’ll find The Ferry Inn.

Blink and you’ll probably miss it, as the small facade gives little
away to the vast size of the rooms once inside.

Under new management and having undergone an extensive refurbishment
in recent months, The Ferry Inn not only boasts stunning views over
the River Teifi but quite possibly provides one of the best dining
experiences in the area with a delicious, locally sourced menu.

Whether you choose to eat indoors behind the huge glazed windows
giving vast panoramic views across the water or outside on one of the
decked terraces, the genuinely friendly staff will ensure your whole
dining experience is a relaxed, calm and enjoyable one.

With big comfy leather sofas in the bar and bare wooden floorboards in
the restaurant and a nod to all things nautical, with the odd oar or
sailing mast hanging from the rafters and local art hanging on the
walls, the new owners have struck the right balance, whether you are
looking for a leisurely evening meal or a quick snack when returning
from the beach.

Sinking into the sofas, my friend, Karen, and I perused the menu. I
finally opted for the king prawn salad (£6.95) followed by the sea
bass (£13.95).

Karen chose the pate (£5.95) and the red snapper (£13.95). We shared a
bottle of merlot (£13.95).

Our waitress confidently recommended dishes, which was refreshing to
see, and gave us the choice of staying in the bar, on our comfy sofa,
or moving into the restaurant. We chose to stay put as we sipped our
drinks and a short time later we were shown to our table for our first

The generous serving of prawns were both succulent and tasty and
arranged on the plate with plenty of salad – it almost looked too good
to eat.

The pate was both rich and smooth, just as it should be, and served
with a chunk of fresh bread and slices of toast.

By the time our mains arrived, the restaurant was packed.

My sea bass with dauphinoise potatoes and roast vegetables was delicious.

Karen’s red snapper was certainly a generous portion. It was covered
in a delicious coconut sauce which really complemented the flavour of
the fish.

While we may have been feeling pretty full, we couldn’t resist a
glance at the dessert menu.

Karen had the apricot bread and butter pudding, which was divine. A
generous square of firm pudding, warm and sticky, with a good dollop
of smooth vanilla ice cream on the side.

Although a cheese board wasn’t on the menu, they were more than happy
to put one together for me.

A large wooden platter with a selection of Welsh cheeses soon arrived
along with celery, berries and biscuits.

The Ferry Inn has the whole package – great food, great ambiance and
friendly efficient staff. And the food is reasonably priced too.

Perhaps I should have kept quiet about this gem of a place…

Sam Jones

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