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Bistro @ The Swan at Hay

Church Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5DQ, Wales
+44 1497 821188
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good23%
  • Average13%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible16%
Nov 8, 2017
“a nice lunch”
May 28, 2017
“Large group, all very happy”
Restaurant Hours
$$ - $$$
Church Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5DQ, Wales
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Reviewed January 13, 2018

Great,quirky quality bedroom with a sitting room above.The bathroom was adequate.but in need of refurbishment (room 6).Good range of drinks,local ale, well kept,restaraunt food was tasty imaginatjve and well presented.The staff were friendly and efficient had a lovely stay

Thank Philip W
Reviewed December 27, 2017

Went with work for Xmas party night, expected a great night with good food - how disappointing! Food was awful, starter of slow roasted belly pork came out and resembled blocks of lard with no visible meat. Luckily managed to change my order for soup....More

2  Thank jomitchEngland
Reviewed November 26, 2017 via mobile

We were at the Hay-on-Wye winter festival which is a delight. Went to The Swan for a book signing after an event. Knowing This hotel for years we were having a quick look at the bar and restaurant area to probably take a drink and...More

4  Thank Brian W
Reviewed November 8, 2017

We went as a couple for lunch recently. Very nice restaurant to sit and enjoy the garden views. Food was nice, not amazing but thought that drinks were expensive .

Thank Joyceshawgranar... S
Reviewed August 12, 2017

Cannot get served in this place if more than one activity is on. Have been to dinner dances in the past and although the food was ok and I mean just ok, the service was bad

1  Thank Roy C
Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

Good local Brecon ales on draught and an excellent Rioja with the meal. Smoked salmon starter was wonderful but I was caper lite, others had more, nothing worse than caper envy! Rump steak was local and a good portion. Very tender but not as flavoursome...More

Thank Stephen D
Reviewed April 16, 2017

The best bit - ie the main requirement - was that the food was very good. The staff are very friendly but still inexperienced. When we arrived we were offered different menus even before we had a chance to sit down, which took a while...More

Thank mike8man
Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for one night, dinner and breakfast. All lovely, staff very friendly, food great and garden beautiful. Will definitely go again.

Thank julievass49
Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Where do I start? Stayed locally in a nearby beautiful house with all the family - 6 of us . Booked Christmas lunch on the recommendation of the owner of the house as advised the Swan had been taken over by Llangoed Hall, and it...More

5  Thank Jane W
Reviewed December 12, 2016

I was here with a group of local people for our annual dinner. All the food was pre-ordered. My soup starter was good and the bread was great. However my main course of roast beef was dreadful...a thin slice of leather, with woeful yorkshire pudding...More

1  Thank Sean O
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$28 - $35
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Church Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5DQ, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Powys  >  Hay-on-Wye
  • Phone Number: +44 1497 821188
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  • This restaurant is at The Swan at Hay
Located in the Victorian market town of Hay-on-Wye in the Welsh Marshes, The Swan hotel is set in a snug 'n' cosy grade 2 listed Georgian coaching inn. Literary luvvies and local food lovers are regulars in the hotel's two restaurants ��� the formal dining room, which serves dinner and Sunday lunches, and the less formal bistro which serves lunch and informal dinners. The hotel also has a garden ideal for summer al fresco dining. Head Chef Harry Mackintosh has created a traditional British menu with favourites including the pan-seared scallops with sunblushed tomatoes and orange sauce; the duck breast served with herb mash and chorizo cassoulet; and the classic Eton mess with crushed meringue, Chantilly cream and raspberries.
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