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Bistro @ The Swan at Hay

Church Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5DQ, Wales
+44 1497 821188
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good25%
  • Average12%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible16%
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“lovely garden” (2 reviews)
“hay” (19 reviews)
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Church Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5DQ, Wales
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Reviewed 20 August 2018

We have visited a few times now and feel we should share some positives about the Swan, it has a lovely garden and is a relaxing place to visit and enjoy lunch. Having eaten out in the evening here it was not the most organised...More

Thank bluecat66
Reviewed 21 April 2018

Thursday evening - lovely weather so went to The Swan and had a drink in the garden which is a nice space. We had booked the restaurant although there was no real need. One other table of 8 then another 2 people came in. The...More

3  Thank jackie w
Reviewed 28 March 2018

Really enjoyed a 3 course meal at The Swan. All portions were excellent and the food was cookednto perfection. The best steak i have ever had, was so tasty and tender. Great crockery which was pottery and quirky. Starters were great, and not your usual,...More

Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Myself and a colleague were staying at the swan and ate in the bar area from the main bistro menu. I had the rib eye steak which was cooked perfectly and good quality. My colleague who is not easily impressed really enjoyed the salmon. The...More

Thank pb1867
Reviewed 13 January 2018

Great,quirky quality bedroom with a sitting room above.The bathroom was adequate.but in need of refurbishment (room 6).Good range of drinks,local ale, well kept,restaraunt food was tasty imaginatjve and well presented.The staff were friendly and efficient had a lovely stay

Thank Philip W
Reviewed 27 December 2017

Went with work for Xmas party night, expected a great night with good food - how disappointing! Food was awful, starter of slow roasted belly pork came out and resembled blocks of lard with no visible meat. Luckily managed to change my order for soup....More

5  Thank jomitchEngland
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

We were at the Hay-on-Wye winter festival which is a delight. Went to The Swan for a book signing after an event. Knowing This hotel for years we were having a quick look at the bar and restaurant area to probably take a drink and...More

7  Thank Brian W
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We went as a couple for lunch recently. Very nice restaurant to sit and enjoy the garden views. Food was nice, not amazing but thought that drinks were expensive .

Thank Joyceshawgranar... S
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Cannot get served in this place if more than one activity is on. Have been to dinner dances in the past and although the food was ok and I mean just ok, the service was bad

2  Thank Roy C
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Good local Brecon ales on draught and an excellent Rioja with the meal. Smoked salmon starter was wonderful but I was caper lite, others had more, nothing worse than caper envy! Rump steak was local and a good portion. Very tender but not as flavoursome...More

Thank Stephen D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$26 - US$33
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Church Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5DQ, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Powys  >  Hay-on-Wye
  • Phone Number: +44 1497 821188
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  • This restaurant is at The Swan at Hay
Located in the Victorian market town of Hay-on-Wye in the Welsh Marshes, The Swan hotel is set in a snug 'n' cosy grade 2 listed Georgian coaching inn. Literary luvvies and local food lovers are regulars in the hotel's two restaurants ��� the formal dining room, which serves dinner and Sunday lunches, and the less formal bistro which serves lunch and informal dinners. The hotel also has a garden ideal for summer al fresco dining. Head Chef Harry Mackintosh has created a traditional British menu with favourites including the pan-seared scallops with sunblushed tomatoes and orange sauce; the duck breast served with herb mash and chorizo cassoulet; and the classic Eton mess with crushed meringue, Chantilly cream and raspberries.
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