Old Black Lion Inn

“Well-judged, appealing cooking in a historic inn” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

HAY-ON-WYE, POWYS

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Dating from the 17th century, the whitewashed inn has bags of character, with beams, low ceilings and stone fireplaces. You can eat in the bar or in the dining room. The kitchen proudly sources all their meats from organic farms in the foothills of Hay Bluff.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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1 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Old Black Lion Inn
26 Lion Street, HAY-ON-WYE, HR3 5AD
Phone : 01497 820841

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 8
  • Cuisine style: Modern British

About the area

Discover Powys

The largest unitary authority in Wales, Powys covers an area of approximately 2,000 square miles. Much of that is mountainous because it actually has the lowest population density of all the Welsh counties.

This much wild, empty space is perhaps best typified by the International Dark Sky Reserve in the Brecon Beacons National Park, one of only eleven in the world. The absence of light pollution creates an exceptional spot for star gazing. You won’t find any cities in Powys, just villages and smaller-sized towns, but that’s the way its inhabitants like it. 

Newtown, the largest settlement, is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of Robert Owen, the founder of the Co-operative movement. Brecon is a market town set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, while the pretty Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells boasts the National Cycle Collection. Elsewhere, Hay-on-Wye hosts a major literary festival every year.

Powys is liberally scattered with castles, burial mounds, hill forts, and other historic markers; Powis Castle, near Welshpool is probably one of the most impressive. And for walking enthusiasts, it’s not just the Brecon Beacons on offer – the Elan Valley describes itself as the ‘Welsh Lake District’.

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