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The Old Black Lion

Historic inn with very good food

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

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, and the Den has comfy armchairs and a log-burner. The inn has a long-standing reputation for its food, and the pretty dining room overlooking the garden terrace is where to enjoy confit duck leg with port and cranberry sauce followed by Welsh organic lamb chops with mashed potatoes and gravy; or seared fillet of salmon and Saag Aloo. 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

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday (January to March)
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 8am-11pm
  • Lunch: all week 12-2.30
  • Dinner: Sunday to Thursday 6.30-9, Friday to Saturday 6.30-9.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Old Black Lion Ale, Evan Evans Cwrw and Welsh Pale Ale
  • Real ciders: Westons Mortimers Orchard

Price guide

  • Main course from13
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

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

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