There are a number of pubs with wide menus in Lampeter itself. The Black Lion is a Brains Brewery operated pub and offers a good selection of pub fare. The Cwmann Tavern is located on the way in to Lampeter and cannot be missed by it’s colourful exterior! Serving homecooked food and Sunday lunches at reasonable prices, it’s worth a visit. The Green Castle is a quirky pub which offers a 2 course Sunday lunch with the desserts being particularly lovely. If you fancy something a little bit special, The Falcondale Hotel is around 3 miles from the cottages and offers both set menus and a taster menu along with afternoon tea, high tea (try with champagne) and Sunday lunches. You will need to book through, particularly at weekend and in high season. Lampeter has a number of takeaways, with Lloyd’s Fish and Chips (eat in or takeaway) definitely one to try. Their award winning fish and chips are particularly tasty (the homemade onion gravy is delicious). There are two Indian restaurants, Shapla Tandoori (eat in or take away) and Nehar (takeaway only) and two eat in or take out Chinese restaurants (Ling di Long and Canton).
For lunch, try the Town Hall Café Deli which serves home-blended soups, paninis, pasta dishes and delicious cakes (gluten free options too) and also offers local produce to purchase and a deli counter. They also periodically host ‘Dinner@the town hall’ on a Saturday evening, a table for which you’ll need to book in advance. 1822 Coffee Shop is located on Lampeter University campus and is a good excuse to take a walk around the lovely grounds afterwards. Olivia’s Artisan Bakery and Cafe on High Street is a new but popular addition; great for coffee and cake. The Mulberry Bush is an organic café above the shop with the same name. Around 9 miles away is The Dolaucothi Arms and is one of our personal favourites. Serving locally-sourced seasonal food, the owners grow the fruit and veg used and also sell particularly yummy jams and chutneys. The Sunday lunch is a must, but you’ll need to book. If you’re lucky enough to be staying at the right time of the month, the ‘Pie Night’ is one to try, along with a local ale or two. A little further afield in Aberaeron is the highly recommended Harbourmaster which offers both pub food and also a separate restaurant. Y Talbot in nearby Tregaron, is a lovely traditional pub with a more formal restaurant and, along with the Harbourmaster and the Dolaucothi Arms, is listed in the 2016 Michelin Guide.
Lampeter has two main supermarkets, Sainsburys on Market Street, and the Co-op on Bridge Street. Both are medium-sized size and carry good ranges, with both offering dedicated parking. Lampeter offers a number of independent shops and boutiques, a butcher, grocer, bakeries (including recent addition Greggs) and weekly fishmonger. Carmarthen (south) and Aberystwyth (north west) are around 25 minutes drive away and have most high street retailers. Swansea is an hour’s drive with the Capital city of Cardiff being just under two hours’ drive.