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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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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Cardiff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here after visiting Symonds Yat and exploring the Golden Valley and had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. The best location in lovely Hay-on-Wye, the staff are all delightful, including the charming Italian chef who we met after dinner. The menu is short but everything is of the highest quality from my beautiful Hake to the barbecued brisket... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A truly original and beautiful place. We had the quirkiest room that we have ever stayed in with a second floor that allowed you to sit and look out over the picturesque scenery. The huge bed swallowed us up and we went straight to sleep. The peace and quiet of the area meant we almost missed breakfast as we slept... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We arrived here absolutely soaked to the skin. We'd walked from Gladestry as part of our Offa's Dyke (Southern Section) walk. The welcome couldn't have been friendlier and it was suggested we change and bring our wet clothes to be put in the tumble drier - so thoughtful ! We were having a rest day in Hay and the hotel... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

The Inn is very pleasant with a nice atmosphere and good stay. It is an old building with plenty of creaky floorboards but has a lot of charm. The staff were friendly and efficient. Its limitation is the car park which was not easy to use with a larger car.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

The location of this hotel is in town. You can walk everywhere. Free car park and wifi, the bathroom needs updating. The shower didn't work well , it is very nice old cottage , very quiet at night. Cooked breakfast was deli ! Dinner was also good and the vino.

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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • 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: $117 - $142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Black Lion 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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