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Old Black Lion

4.0 of 5 Inn   |   Lion St., Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD, Wales
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Ranked #16 of 28 Hay-on-Wye B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Old black lion is a real country pub B&B, with very friendly staff, great food and good beer. We stayed in the main building in a very characterful room, the stairs are odd sizes, the floor boards creak and the ceilings are low, all of which adds to the ambience. Breakfast was excellent and the evening meals and wine... More

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Cleethorpes
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77 reviews 77 reviews
28 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived early at the Old Black Lion - but friendly staff showed us to our room and brought up our bags - we were staying in the coach house. We spent the afternoon looking round Hay and ate out early - perhaps this was a mistake after reading the reviews of the meals at the Old Black Lion. Quiet night... More

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 hotel reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for somewhere for a lunch time snack, but around Hay-on-Wye on Mondays most eateries are closed, except the Old Black Lion. We had a really tasty beef sandwich in Focaccia bread - the best we've had. It was so good that we went back for an evening meal 2 days later and that was truly sumptuous. The... More

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London
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great room with beautiful furnuture. Lots of parkling which is a huge benefit in Hay. Food in the eveneing great and brekfast was equally good. Staff very helpful, even produced fired bread for breakfast even tho it was not on the menu. Have no hesitation in reommendaing The Old Black Lion

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luton
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

if you are in hay on wye and want a nice evening meal then this is the place to go the food is so fresh and nicely cooked and a very good menu the owner dolan will go out of her way to make sure you enjoy your meal trust me if you eat there once you will go again... More

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bridgend united kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Superb evening meal at this lovely pub.everything was just right.the landlady is absolutely delightfully.very welcoming.the food was delicious and well presented.staff nice and pleasant.beer very good too.Will return in the near future.

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Glasgow
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204 reviews 204 reviews
58 hotel reviews
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

If you're staying in Hay, don't eat anywhere else but here. The food at the Black Lion is excellent. The terrine is the best I've ever eaten, the dill scones with smoked salmon were delicious as was the asparagus and shrimp tart, and the triple cooked chips are not to be missed. The staff are friendly, welcoming, chatty and the... More

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plymouth
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Love the new colour the bar and restaurant look great ,but not only that the food is wow it was good, now it is brilliant better than you would expect from a lovely old pub. The staff are also a major part of the Old Black lion lead by Dolan I look forward to my next visit

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london
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236 reviews 236 reviews
54 hotel reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

2 nights here during festival week - had eaten but not stayed here before. Lovely staff and landlady. Best breakfast in a long time - sausage so delicious and great bacon, black pudding too and just yummy tomatoes. But the best was the scallops at dinner - plump and with the coracles which I love. Great guinea fowl and the... More

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Pontyclun, Wales, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
37 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This has to be the best place to eat in Hay-on-Wye! Absolutely wonderful food - locally sourced and cooked perfectly. Dinner was just fabulous and breakfast didn't disappoint either - with a good variety of breakfast options on offer. It is a charming little hotel and the staff are very welcoming and friendly. Our room was in the annex and... More

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Address: Lion St., Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Hay-on-Wye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Black Lion 4*
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Nestled within the market town of Hay-on-Wye, this colourful 17th Century Inn exudes historical charm and atmosphere offering quality home-cooked food, luxury accommodation and free Wi-Fi and parking. With parts of the original building dating as far back as the 1300’s, the Hotel subtly blends the elegance and whimsy of the past with the comfort and convenience of the present. Indeed, it is even reputed that Oliver Cromwell once stayed at the inn whilst the Roundheads besieged Hay Castle, which was then a loyalist stronghold. Sympathetically refurbished, exposed timber beams and roaring log fires help to cultivate a homely environment and a famously warm welcome.The Inn features 10 high quality en-suite bedrooms, all of which are individually and tastefully decorated in a style reminiscent of the buildings historic past. All rooms include free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TV, hairdryer, direct dial telephone and tea & coffee making facilities. They offer a choice of Single, Double, Twin and Superior room options.The Old Black Lion is renowned for the quality of its food and has received a host of rewards and accolades including a coveted AA Rosette. The menus, which are changed frequently, use only the best of British produce wherever possible including locally reared meat, fresh seafood from Cornwall and seasonal vegetables. The oak timbered bar with its scrubbed pine tables and comfy arm chairs is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the fantastic selection of local ales (including their own namesake ‘The Old Black Lion’).The Hotel is located in the heart of the Welsh market town of Hay-on-Wye just a short drive from the A438, it also offers free on-site parking for guests. The city of Hereford is roughly 35 minutes away and offers excellent transport links to the rest of the country. For those flying in, Cardiff International Airport is about a 95 minute journey from the Hotel.The Old Black Lion is situated just a three minute walk from the centre of Hay-on-Wye. Renowned internationally as a Mecca for bibliophiles the town offers over 30 bookshops, many selling specialist and second-hand books. It is also home to the annual Hay Festival, Europe’s premier literature and arts festival. The town lies on the east bank of the River Wye and is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, just north of the Black Mountains. Offering some of the most breathtaking scenery in Wales, the surrounding area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with both the Offas Dyke Path and Wye Valley Walk passing through the town. ... more   less 
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