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“Perfect romantic Friday dinner!”

Restaurant at The Old Black Lion
Ranked #5 of 35 Restaurants in Hay-on-Wye
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$74 - US$74
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 15 May 2018

Make a reservation! We didn't but were fine with waiting for an hour with a cider in the den until a table was ready. Live jazz on Fridays, and the steak was delectable. Definitely not standard pub fair, much more upscale than we could've expected for what we thought was just a neighbourhood pub. Perfect for a romantic evening away!

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

really nice pub with friendly staff and nice gin! Breakfast was lovely and vegetarian option was catered for.

Thank lindysteel
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

Four of us had a long weekend in Hay-on-Wye and ate out four times in total over the weekend.
Annoyingly we only visited this restaurant for our final meal out Sunday Lunchtime and only because we could not get a table anywhere else. I say annoyingly because we would most certainly have eaten here at least once more over the weekend if we had known how good it is, easily the best place we ate at over the weekend.
We had been put off using the restaurant all weekend by the very cheap looking green flags hanging outside and the banner advertising their Jazz nights. I am afraid it makes the pub look much more like a sports pub than what is actually a very nice restaurant once you are inside.
The staff were friendly and attentive. The menu varied enough to meet most tastes although we all opted for the Sunday Roast which was very nice indeed. The salmon starter was apparently excellent according to a very nice gentleman sat at the next table and my wife thoroughly enjoyed her Tiramisu.
I have given the restaurant an excellent score despite the exterior!
Note to the management: Please try and make the exterior as warm and welcoming as the interior

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Thank AdrianWitney1000
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Dolan L, Owner at Restaurant at The Old Black Lion, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thank you for your helpful comments, so glad you found our food really good. - we have been thinking about for the front for a while and your comment prompted us to remove the green banner (we are thinking about the flags) and it does look a lot better. Once the hanging baskets are up (and the weather improved) it will all look lovely.

Our only problem now is how to let people know about the amazing live jazz musicians every Friday featuring some top internationally renown jazz soloists from all over the country!

hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Visited on a Friday night having luckily heard they do live jazz evenings. Called ahead and told only had table at 6.30 despite music not starting till 8.30, yet the place was empty. Felt we could easily have been seated at 7 or half 7 and so not had to wait so long after food for music. Food was ok, nothing special but fine for pub food. But we did both struggle to find anything we would eat and we aren’t fussy. Struggled in Hay for evening food generally, most places are cafes only and the pubs seemed to have “posh” dishes (in type not standard) ie none of your typical obvious pub items except the odd burger or pie.
Good service good music and adequate enough food.

Thank LucyGxx
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Reviewed 21 April 2018

This place has a very nice interior - not quite what you might expect from the outside. Very efficient staff and nicely prepared food. The best meal we had in Hay. The desserts were also good. Popular so would advise you book.

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Thank jackie w
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