Refurbished cafe and coffee shop in a 300 year old former blacksmith's building on the banks of River Teifi. Serves vegetarian food with vegan and gluten free options. Daily specials, cakes, cookies, vegan ice cream, fair trade tea and coffee. Open Tue 11:00-16:30, Wed-Sat 10:00-16:30.

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22 Reviews

First Review by potatocoulis


Points +144

01 Sep 2023

Great coffee in beautiful surroundings

Really lovely welcoming place. Very comfortable and friendly vibe. Coffee was fab and we enjoyed a relaxing rest. Looks like they had a good range of vegan ice cream for warmer days!



Points +21

03 Aug 2023

Lovely setting and meal

Went for lunch.
Wide selection, lovely to sit out under the canopy. Very accomodating tweaking ingredients. Vegan and vege options all delivered efficiently and tastily to the table.

Pros: Choice, Out door covered seating, Accomodating

Cons: None


Points +962

24 Feb 2023

Beautiful, arty restaurant with high-quality vegan food

High-quality, tasty, beautiful decor, arty, colourful, very friendly staff, great options, lovely atmosphere, great location, peaceful. Love this place!!

Pros: Extremely tasty, Very friendly staff, cosy atsmophere, Colourful, arty decor

Cons: A bit small but there's outside seating


Points +773

07 Dec 2022


Loved this cosy authentic vegetarian cafe. Gorgeous food and really good coffee, and the hot chocolate with marshmallows and squirty cream was wonderful. I've had the jackfruit burrito, a healthy bowl, and chips. Chilled and artistic vibe from the music and art. Hoping to return.


Points +676

26 Sep 2022

Nice spot with outdoor sitting right next to the river.

I had the buddha bowl which was nice, although I was a bit surprised to find a mix of hot and cold items together. Next time I'd try one of the many other options, their breakfasts look appealing. Nice coffee.


Points +429

06 Sep 2022

It was ok.

The food was delicious.

We were a little confused about what we were supposed to do on arrival. The cafe was very noisy and outside had a dog that kept making a high pitched squeel. (Not your fault.)

We sat down inside in the end and were served.

After our main courses, we wanted cake but we didn't know if we needed to wait for a server or if we needed to go up. We eventually went up and asked what the cakes were but once we found out, the server just walked away and we decided to call it a day.

We're both autistic and found the cafe and whole experience quite overwhelming, especially the blenders. We would return, but definitely sit outside.

Pros: Good vegan options , Tasty food

Cons: Too noisy, Not clear what the process was


Points +26

05 Aug 2022

Lovely Cafe

Had a very nice outdoor decking area to sit. Had the vegan extravaganza it was excellent and very filling

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Gluten Free options, Charming Italian accent


Points +32

16 Jul 2022

Great Vegan Breakfast 🌱

Great service, Very chilled out, Wonderful food & Good prices.

Pros: Lots of vegan options

Cons: None


Points +520

04 Apr 2022

Best panini ever

Loads of vegan options and lots of yummy cakes! Great service, nice location. Can’t complain it was a great place to stop for lunch

Pros: Paninis are excellent , Lots of kids options, Lots of vegan cakes


Points +1612

28 Nov 2020

Lush will eat here again

Been twice now. Great variety of dishes with good vegan and gluten free options. Tasty and good portions. Was lush sitting out on sheltered veranda overlooking the river even late November! Look fwd to visiting again.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Good prices , Nice setting


Points +913

14 Aug 2020

Would eat here every day if we could!

I had the hummus veg chickpea salad and it was a flavour sensation, my husband has the sweet potato bake which was also fantastic, and we finished it off with a strawberry chocolate chip cheesecake! All day by the river.

Pros: All cake vegan , Great portions , So tasty!


Points +417

24 Sep 2019

Lots of Vegan Options

Dropped in to have a coffee and was delighted that all of their cake selection was vegan, with gluten free options too. Opted for the chocolate cherry cake.. Yum! Would recommend.

Pros: Very reasonable, tons of vegan options

Cons: Could do with more creative indoor seating


Points +20

15 Aug 2019

Excellent food

Lovely little cafe. Stands out as it's painted bright blue! Staff were very kind and friendly. Let us bring our little dog inside. Had great choices for children and amazing Vegetarian food with loads of Vegan and gluten free options. We were spoilt for choice. Cakes were great too and portions were huge! Well worth a visit..

Pros: lots of vegan options, large portions, friendly staff


Points +621

12 Jun 2019

Great Cafe Down By The Riverside

This was our first visit to the Riverside Cafe, located more-or-less in the heart of the lively and interesting town of Newcastle Emlyn. As we walked through the door on this rainy lunchtime and saw some of the items on offer, I knew we were going to enjoy our meal and want to come back again. We were given a friendly greeting by Karuna, and found ourselves a cosy table by one of the windows. This place is light and airy, beautifully decorated, with a gallery of gorgeous paintings by a local artist (Varshana). There is an extensive menu with a wide variety of vegan options. The salads looked so good, so I opted for the salad bowl with avocado, some ginger and lemon tea, and several different cakes for dessert (some 'rocky road' and carrot cake to eat in, and a couple of others to take home). The atmosphere in the cafe is really congenial, and the place was fairly busy, but not too busy, so we felt comfortable taking our time. We were there for around three hours, chatting with other patrons, while enjoying our food. There's parking outside, and it's right by the river, next to an impressive and picturesque 18th Century stone bridge. Overall this was the great experience we were hoping it would be, and we will certainly be returning.

Updated from previous review on 2019-06-12

Pros: Delicious food, Comfortable, with congenial atmosphere, Lots of vegan options with a wide range of cakes


Points +16

22 May 2019

How food should always be!!

Returned here on holiday....such a good café, food is brilliant, tons of vegan options, all salads and cakes vegan aswell. Outdoor play area for our son, and nice outdoor seating patio or by the river.

Pros: Food wonderful, staff accomodating and friendly.

Cons: Cannot find fault at all.


Points +24

20 Apr 2019

Wonderful location, great food!

We had our third visit to the cafe today, first went a 3 or 4 years ago, we arrived too late for hot food (our fault!) but we had a great salad bowl and vegan cake for afters.

Always love our visits to Newcastle Emlyn and will be back again hopefully.

Looks like the Health Food shop has closed down which is a shame but so glad the cafe is going and appears to be thriving.


Points +40

22 Apr 2018

Tasty vegan food

We had the sweet potato bake with salads. All the salad dishes were vegan. Plenty of vegan options. All the cakes were vegan too. I recommend the coffee and walnut cake.

Pros: Lovely setting; seating outside too, Chikdren's play area, Yummy food; huge portions


Points +20

07 Apr 2018

Excellent vegan meal

I was encouraged to visit the Riverside Café when wanting to eat out by a committed vegan from England. My slight hesitation was wondering how this café would compare with the vegan cafes in the urban areas of England.

I need not have worried. The standard was excellent, the vegan meals clearly indicated, the staff attentive and pleasant (with at least one Welsh speaker.) I chose a vegan curry, the two children chose other vegan meals as did my friend. All were enthusiastic.

I was delighted to have discovered the Riverside Café (and the nearby Health food shop.) We were told that well behaved dogs were welcome. An attraction for us in the future and, I expect, for many people on holiday.

Pros: Excellent vegan food; vegetarian options available, Friendly attentive staff., Easy to book and reserved table displayed.


Points +58

07 Apr 2018

Great Place

Lots of vegan options. The kids loved it too. We had vegan curry, vegan burger and the kids shared a falafel plate. Cakes all vegan. We tried carrot cake and an orange and ginger - both delicious. Nice setting by the river too.

Pros: Nice atmosphere. Good vegan choices.


Points +18

18 Nov 2017

Amazing cafè!

Such a lovely cafè, catering for vegan and gluten free aswell as vegetarian. A huge range of delicious food and vegan cake and desserts!! Beautiful decor and lovely, friendly staff. Will be back when we next visit!


Points +88

09 Feb 2017

Veggie/vegan foodopia

This is a great veggie/vegan retuarant. Serves a wide choice of food( It took me ages to choose as so many different dishes) in generous portions , lovely atmosphere too.
Nice friendly staff.
There is a health food opposite as well so you can eat a delicious meal and stock up with provisions before going home.
If you park in the town near the castle ruins there's a lovely walk down by the river, which is nice after having such a nice Lunch.

Pros: Generous portions, Great selection, friendly staff


Points +22

24 Jun 2013


Nice place it's strictly vegetarian but it got vegan choices too! Good for cakey snack or lunch or just a good hearty tasty meal !!!! Lush halloumi panini
Updated from previous review on Monday June 24, 2013

Pros: Tasty food , Friendly staff, Good Value

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