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Restaurant at The Old Black Lion

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26 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD, Wales
+44 1497 820841
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went for Valentines dinner in this traditional and friendly pub/restaurant. Food was great value and we liked the fact that the glasses of wine were not overpriced compared to a bottle. Will definitely go again

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Thank Maldersaurus
Swansea County, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hay on Wye is a delightful border town full of character with shops to match.A stones throw from the centre is the wonderful Old Black Lion.What a fantastic place.Its old world charm wouldn't go amiss in a Harry Potter film.Rickety stairs,open fires ,antique furniture sheer bliss.We loved it.The welcome and friendliness of staff bowled us over.The evening meal was good... More 

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Thank GJEVS56
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic menu, ate there both nights of our two night stay because the food was so good on the first night.. As a vegetarian I often find menus are quite boring for us veggies, not so at the Old Black Lion.. Well done to the Chef... Try the triple cooked chips!!!!

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Thank Lesley137
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed at the hotel overnight so decided to have an evening meal here. Greeted with a friendly reception, and sat in a lovely part of the hotel with lots of character. A nice, small selection on the menu with something to cater for the majority. The food was fabulous (local steak and triple cooked chips) and a generous portion, especially... More 

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Thank Helen L
Wales, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First visit to The Old Black Lion and we had the last table as it was very busy. The food was lovely and the staff were friendly and efficient. There was a Jazz band on which was a lovely surprise. A very good night.

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Thank Suzanne K
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We met up with my brother as one of our annual get togethers. The building itself is old and full of character. The greeting on arrival was very warm and we definitely got the feeling we genuinely welcome. The rest of our short stay was at the same level, nothing appeared to be too much trouble. As to food what... More 

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Thank Richard P
Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

After reading the reviews on here, we booked this restaurant for a Friday night before we left home. This is not a normal pub and it does not serve typical pub grub. The food was well cooked and reasonably priced. As we'd booked a Friday night there was a jazz band playing which added a nice ambience to the atmosphere.... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Great service in the restaurant, the food really was exceptionally good, carefully prepared and served, piping hot. The gaps between courses ideal, not too fast, or too slow. They deserve every plaudit.

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Thank MALCOLM G
London, England, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent value, with fresh local food. Unfussy, unpretentious, beautifully cooked in an old pub. Some nights there is live music, which works well: not obtrusive and good. In Autumn, nice to find mutton and game, as well as impeccably cooked fish. Good soups, ace chips.

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Thank 17Susie
Wales, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Our meal was superlative. The whole menu was enticing, so it was very difficult to choose. The Black Mountains smoked salmon starter was delicious as was the rest of the meal. Beautifully presented. The staff were all friendly, cheerful and efficient. There's a lovely atmosphere in this very old pub/restaurant. As much of the food as possible is locally and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 74 - US$ 74
Cuisine
British, Pub, International, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Powys  >  Hay-on-Wye
  • Phone Number: +44 1497 820841

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?