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“Excellent Evening Meal” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #15 of 28 Hay-on-Wye B&B and Inns
Norwich, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Excellent Evening Meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We turned up during the Hay Festival and wondered if in the busyness of this the service or food would suffer - not at all! All of the Awards it has won are justified - we had two starters and mains and each was virtually faultless; perfectly cooked with a great array of flavours. Oh, and the service was really good too!

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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11 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

I recently spent one night at the Old Black Lion, the room was very comfortable and quiet. Breakfast was good, with choices, and the staff were very helpful and courteous. A nice comfortable bar, and a good choice of food on the lunch/dinner menu.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

A lovely b&b, pub and restaurant. The room was detached from the pub which was idea for a family with small children. The staff were exceptionally friendly and provided a high standard of service. The owner was friendly and welcoming especially with our 3 year old son who enjoyed the sweets!
The evening meal was exceptionally good, especially the vegetarian option, and although exceptionally busy the food arrived promptly after ordering. The breakfast was also very good. We would defiantly recommend this as a good place to stay and would love to return

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The welcome was very friendly, the owner found a vase and arranged the flowers I had brought with me. The bar staff were very knowledgable and persuasive! The food was very good, the stuffed peppers and hock terrine especially good. Wine and beer list extensive as well, with some interesting choices to tempt.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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newcastle upon tyne
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We stayed in a small room upstairs across a yard from the pub.
The room was snug but okay for one night.
The pub was nicely full with a smashing atmosphere.
Our meal was okay but the service was slow.
Another good breakfast but the tea had a rather chemically taste - yuk.
A perfectly adequate place to stay on the trail.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lanark, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Totally understand that dogs aren't always allowed. But it was the curt and unwelcoming manner from the staff that made this experience so negative. Not recommended and I won't be returning even if I don't have the dog.

So antidog
A bit tired looking
Unfriendly staff
Expensive food

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is a great place to stay in Hay-on-Wye. Tried quite alot on the menu and would recommend all the food including the breakfast. Service is very friendly and very helpful. Stayed in a twin room - very clean and importantly nice and warm. The main attraction to this lovely place is the owner - Dolan. Within no time you feel like you've known her for years and she doesn't fail to make you feel welcome, special and included. You end up feeling like part of the town and group of locals. She has the knack of being able to relate to everyone and I don't think she realises how much of an asset she is to the place and how she enhances the stay of everyone. Definitely want to return again and again.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms in the coach house area - any of the rooms above the restaurant.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lion St., Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Hay-on-Wye
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Hay-on-Wye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Black Lion 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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Old Black Lion Hotel Hay-On-Wye
Old Black Lion Hay-On-Wye, Wales

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