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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 #17 of 28 Hay-on-Wye B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 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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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice and quirky B&B. Do not let the facade fool you. The pub inside looks great with wooden beams. The room was good and pleasant. The food was excellent and the staff were very nice. This is a place not to be missed if anyone decide to stay and dine in Hay-on-Wye.

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Holmes Beach, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel dates from the 1640s and the rooms are quite neat. Ours had a fair-sized bedroom, a step down to the shower with fairly elaborate instructions on how to work the hot water, and then 2 steps down with a sharply sloping ceiling to the commode and sink (duck if you are medium or taller). The location in Hay-on-Wye... More

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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85 reviews 85 reviews
29 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

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
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

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
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

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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214 reviews 214 reviews
58 hotel reviews
235 helpful votes 235 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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10 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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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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Old Black Lion Hay-On-Wye, Wales

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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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