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Restaurant at The Old Black Lion

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26 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD, Wales
+44 1497 820841
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a good meal and the dessert (ginger and chocolate cake with marmalade semi-freddo) was really really good! Unfortunately, we booked at rather short notice for a busy night and our table was a little too near the bar for our liking. It was also a Friday night - and we were unaware that Friday is jazz night and... More 

Thank Les C
Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a wonderful experience at The Old Black Lion. Celebrating with family we had a lovely evening - the Sparkling Wine was on ice and the food was amazing. One of our party had Beef Stew which was rich and tender. I had a steak which as requested was rare and perfect. Another of our party had the Bream which... More 

1 Thank racheldun261
Paphos, Cyprus
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113 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Passing through Hay on Wye on a cool 1st of March, we popped in for a drink. It was very quiet, so we had our pick of the tables. The log burner was lit so we sat very comfortably near to a welcome source of heat. Having seen the lunch menu we decided to stop for lunch. Two courses for... More 

1 Thank cassidy62
Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Went for Valentines dinner in this traditional and friendly pub/restaurant. Food was great value and we liked the fact that the glasses of wine were not overpriced compared to a bottle. Will definitely go again

Thank Maldersaurus
Swansea County, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Hay on Wye is a delightful border town full of character with shops to match.A stones throw from the centre is the wonderful Old Black Lion.What a fantastic place.Its old world charm wouldn't go amiss in a Harry Potter film.Rickety stairs,open fires ,antique furniture sheer bliss.We loved it.The welcome and friendliness of staff bowled us over.The evening meal was good... More 

Thank GJEVS56
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Fantastic menu, ate there both nights of our two night stay because the food was so good on the first night.. As a vegetarian I often find menus are quite boring for us veggies, not so at the Old Black Lion.. Well done to the Chef... Try the triple cooked chips!!!!

1 Thank Lesley137
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Stayed at the hotel overnight so decided to have an evening meal here. Greeted with a friendly reception, and sat in a lovely part of the hotel with lots of character. A nice, small selection on the menu with something to cater for the majority. The food was fabulous (local steak and triple cooked chips) and a generous portion, especially... More 

Thank Helen L
Wales, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

First visit to The Old Black Lion and we had the last table as it was very busy. The food was lovely and the staff were friendly and efficient. There was a Jazz band on which was a lovely surprise. A very good night.

Thank Suzanne K
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We met up with my brother as one of our annual get togethers. The building itself is old and full of character. The greeting on arrival was very warm and we definitely got the feeling we genuinely welcome. The rest of our short stay was at the same level, nothing appeared to be too much trouble. As to food what... More 

Thank Richard P
Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

After reading the reviews on here, we booked this restaurant for a Friday night before we left home. This is not a normal pub and it does not serve typical pub grub. The food was well cooked and reasonably priced. As we'd booked a Friday night there was a jazz band playing which added a nice ambience to the atmosphere.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$74 - US$74
British, Pub, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Powys  >  Hay-on-Wye
  • Phone Number: +44 1497 820841

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?