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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked in for two nights as a special treat following a pretty difficult year and we were expecting great things. We were put into the annexe or coach house and sadly it was really not what we were hoping for - damp, dirty and dated just about sums up our room. On the other hand the food was fantastic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to stay for the festival. Hasn't changed for years, full of character, including creaking floorboards. A comfortable stay and a good English (Welsh?) breakfast. It also serves very well kept local ales.

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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister and I stayed for one night whilst on a book hunting trip. It was an excellent choice. The pub has it all - beamed atmosphere, well appointed rooms, real ale, good food. It's just off the main street areas, so is convenient but quiet. We stayed in an annex, just to the side of the pub (4 rooms... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here while walking on Offa's Dyke. It was superb and a great place to relax after a long walk. Accommodation and food were excellent and the staff were wonderful - very friendly and so helpful. One member of staff even ran to the bus stop to give me my phone charger which I had left behind! Thank you... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hay was a delight to visit for the first time, as part of my Offa's Dyke walk, and The Old Black Lion was similarly charming. Quaint and traditional inside with welcoming, happy, friendly staff to greet you. Whilst I didn't eat here in the evening, the restaurant was packed with people who did, and the food looked good. I did... More 

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Lampeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Whilst canoeing down the Wye we needed a pub meal at short notice for nine hungry and thirsty canoeists. The Old Black Lion in Hay fitted the bill well. Their organic Wye valley beef stew was very good, as we're their homemade sauces (especially the horseradish). Beer was similarly good, I recommend the Butty Bach. Would not hesitate to eat... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

Do not be put out off by the outside, as not a lot of kerb appeal in my opinion. I am not being derogatory, it is presumably an old building with character. Step inside and you will be pleasantly surprised. This is more a restaurant than pub. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening meal. We shared a starter, had two main... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

Rainy evening in Hay. Driving through Popped in for some shelter. Ordered a pint of soda water. Barman preferred drink and DID NOT ASK FOR MONEY. Most places happily give you soda water for free. Drank soda water listening to pretentious discussion on next table about why Dr Robert Wilson was not a nice man while Dr Brian May is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on the way through. The food is excellent value for money (especially the lunch menu) and offers a decent selection for all and tbh worth the trip alone. Good selection of drinks. Staff are helpful and friendly. Will definitely return.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

I had a "suite" (the only room left) which had a room with a large comfortable bed, a separate bathroom with a tiny shower and a rather strange "upstairs" bit above the bed (not entirely sure what purpose that served). The room floor was at a bit of an angle,which added to the character (it's an old building) and the... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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 

Additional Information about Old Black Lion

Address: 26 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Hay-on-Wye
Price Range: $116 - $162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Black Lion 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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