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Old Black Lion
Ranked #2 of 28 Hay-on-Wye B&B and Inns
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Another lovely stay in Hay-On-Wye, which would be incomplete without visiting The Old Black Lion! We ate there every evening!

A wonderful friendly welcome from Dolan, the Owner and all her staff.

Cannot fault the food...meals were mouth-watering and delicious.

Cannot wait for our next visit to Hay!

Well done everyone.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Given the age and history of the building the querks and odd shapes are inevitable for the rooms, so no complaints there. The welcome was friendly and throughout the stay everyone was pleasant, helpful and checking all was ok. Well ok it was. However theres a generally tired feeling to the place. The carpark faces the back and the kitchen, bit glum first impression.
The room (4) sounds like some of the others, sl haphazard group of furniture, with watermarks on the tables, and slightly down at heel,some 'hairs' on the bathroom floor and generally rather cold.
We ate dinner which was good but pricey. The bar has a slightly rustic feel with scrubbed tables but again failing to make the best of a historic building with a 'busy' old fashioned pub carpet that detracted somewhat.
Breakfast was good and quality fare well presented, again with a friendly greeting.
All in all very good staff, good welcome, but dated surroundings and I think over priced for what it was.

Room Tip: back is quiet but overlooks carpark,
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The SO and I decided on the spur of the moment to have a celebratory luncheon after yours truly landed a new salary generator. Why not wander up to the Old Black Lion? she cried. And so we directed our toes up the lane and in through the door. Cosy low ceilinged and smoke blackened beams welcomed us in. It was a cold afternoon and quite empty, but the wood burner glowed merrily in the corner as we were directed to our table. We ordered from the lunch time snack menu , steak sandwiches and brie and bacon for the SO. Delicious and well plated with a fresh and tasty salad. It is though the atmosphere which counts here it is as if transported back to bygone times a 60's time-warp (that's 1860's), it does have a most delightful Dickensian feel.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

We had not visited the Old Black Lion for a couple of years but chose to go there again as we had had such good times previously. The room was very good, although a little cold and, as other reviewers have said, the bathrooms are really not up to standard. Happy to put up with the little niggles though since the place has such a wonderful atmosphere. Big shock came when we booked in for dinner. Instead of the menu we were anticipating (and is still advertised on the website) we were handed a tatty piece of paper with a sparse "choice" of mainly something and chips. The specials board had nothing special about it and all in all the meal was really poor quality. Although the staff are still very nice and friendly, the manager was, at best, off-hand. Not sure what on earth is going wrong here, but I hope it is fixed soon because this used to be a very special place. I have rated the service as very good only because the staff are so helpful. Ditch the manager with attitude and it would rate an excellent.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

We had a great short stay at the Old Black Lion - very clean, comfortable and a great atmosphere. Breakfast was excellent as was the location, town and weather! Would certainly stay here again - friendly staff and very relaxing.

Room Tip: Annexe was great!
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Stayed here for one night with a party of eight whilst walking Offa's Dyke. Lovely old pub with friendly welcoming staff. The rooms were all clean warm and well decorated, the room rates may seem a bit pricey at first look (approx £50 a head) but were actually the cheapest in the town itself and included a great breakfast.
Didn't eat in the restaurant at night but other folk in the town recommend it, even a couple of people that worked in other bars.
Ideally placed for anyone walking the Dyke as the route is close by. Would definitely stay here again, and Hay-on-Wye is worth a look in itself.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in the Cromwell suite. The welcome was very friendly. Plenty of free parking. The room itself was very quiet, very spacious and very clean. The only improvement would be to include a bath somehow or larger shower to match the luxury of the room. But the room was lovely with the biggest bed, flat screen tv, stairs leading to some reading chairs looking out to the countryside. Slept like a log. Breakfast was all locally sourced (within reason) and perfectly cooked. Would definitely stay again. Paid £115 b&b.

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Address: 26 Lion Street, 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 #2 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Hay-on-Wye
Price Range: $103 - $116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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