The Three Tuns
“Traditional menu with Italian influences” - AA Inspector
Hay's oldest licensed house reveals its 16th-century origins in its three cruck timber frames, later largely encased in stone, a huge central inglenook chimney and a dog-leg staircase. On the Italian-inspired menu start with Sicilian chickpea soup, then Chianti-slow-roasted beef brisket; king prawn linguine; bucatini Alfredo or a pizza. Look too for seared salmon fillet; Herefordshire steak; and grilled chicken breast. In 1963 the landlady innocently served five of the Great Train Robbers while they were on the run.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Closed: 2
- Wide selection of Ales
- Wide selection of ciders
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About the area
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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