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The Old Black Lion

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Close to Lion Gate, one of the original entrances to the old walled town of Hay-on-Wye, parts of this charming whitewashed inn date from the 1300s, although structurally most of it is 17th century. The oak-timbered bar is furnished with scrubbed pine tables, comfy armchairs and a log-burner – perfect for savouring a pint of Wye Valley Bitter. The inn has a long-standing reputation for its food, and the pretty dining room overlooking the garden terrace is where to enjoy grilled mackerel and rhubarb chutney followed by roast pork chop, bubble-and-squeak and Calvados gravy; or roast fillet of salmon, crushed potatoes, mushroom and white wine sauce. Hay, of course, has bookshops at every turn, and it is also home to a renowned annual literary festival.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 1st 2wks Jan
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 8am-11pm
  • Lunch opening: all wk 12-2.30
  • Dinner opening: Sun-Thu 6.30-9, Fri-Sat 6.30-9.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Old Black Lion Ale, Wye Valley Bitter, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant

Getting here

From B4348 in Hay-on-Wye into Lion St. Inn on right

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