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“Lovely food friendly happy staff 10/10”

Restaurant at The Old Black Lion
Ranked #4 of 34 Restaurants in Hay-on-Wye
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$74 - US$74
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 10 June 2018

We are at the Old Black Lion due to us staying here for our 25th wedding anniversary, the staff are all lovely as friendly and helpful i can't fault them at all they are all wonderful! The food is lovely and beautifully presented, I recommend ordering from the specials board (much better portion size) you should 100%stay or at least eat at this pub if you are ever in Hay on Wye.

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Thank fluffysammy1
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

What a wonderful meal, in a fabulous restaurant in a great location. We enjoyed great service from start to finish, from our pre-order right through the whole meal experience -the food by the new chef was exemplary- perfectly and innovatively presented and deliciously too. Empty plates across the board, a great night thank you everyone! X

Thank joannemaidment
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

We were visiting Hay for the book festival and remembered this super pub from many years before. Really good to read so many recent positive comments. We managed to secure a booking on the busy Bank Holiday Monday evening. We had the table 8-10 and could arrive earlier as they have a couple of tables for drinkers. Live jazz was advertised on each Friday but also each night of the festival. Great
We turned up a little early and went straight to our table
Drinks ordered and a longish wait to place the order was not at all a problem. Staff were friendly enough but some had left their smile at home. Food was served swiftly and the smoked salmon starter with blue cheese and potato salad was declared delicious. I had the asparagus rocket and hazelnut again lovely combination
Mains were and excellently cooked steak and very chunky chips and Moroccan chicken - this was really tasty but we felt that salad or tabouleh might have gone better than chips or new potatoes
Service again was swift and we were offered deserts straight away.
We could see more people arriving without reservations and wondered if they thought they might get a third booking out of our table
But we had a nice enough evening with portions of the right size - so many places seem to over load plates these days
The jazz quartet added to the evening.
This is not a cheap eating place and a smile would go a long way to making clients feel welcome.

Thank Gillian J
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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!

Thank cwtravelgirl
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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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