The Old Stables Tearooms is a consistently popular, multi-award-winning café in the heart of Hay-on-Wye. With its extensive breakfast feasts, nutritious light lunches and hearty meals created from locally sourced, home-grown ingredients, it offers a smorgasbord of uniquely tasty treats. Stop by for the speciality cream tea — fresh sandwiches, a selection of teas, and warm scones with a dollop of award-winning Passion Preserves. In the summer of 2014, The Old Stables Tearooms achieved three gold taste awards from the Guild of Fine Food for their marmalades and delicate strawberry and rose jam, before winning four silver and three bronze awards for their Passion Preserves at the famous World Jampionships. In addition to this impressive catalogue of accolades, The Old Stables scooped the gold award from the Countryside Alliance for using local and home-grown produce – making it the Welsh Champion for serving local food. The rustic interior of brick fireplaces, nostalgic advertisements, memorabilia, and old wooden chairs complements the inspiring cuisine, evoking comfort and high quality in a relaxed and countrified atmosphere.
Old Stables Tea Rooms, Bear St, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, Powys, UK, +44 (0) 7796 484766
The Three Tuns at Hay-on-Wye dates back as far as the 16th century, yet is widely considered to be more ahead of the game, gastronomically, than many of the top London gastro-pubs. A favourite amongst local and national celebrities alike, The Three Tuns boasts a convivial, unique character with its period features that perfectly complement and offset the high-quality cuisine. The flavour combinations are at once unusual and familiar. Begin with an English favourite: pickled eel, enhanced with an accompanying celeriac remoulade, wilted samphire and a drizzle of chilli and chervil dressing, or try ribbons of smoked salmon served with pickled lemon and a vodka and lime dressing. The main courses continue in this vein: opt for a curry with chick pea and sweet potato, wilted spinach and a vegetable pakora and mint dressing, or Cajun-spiced salmon supreme, with a nicoise salad and pungent black pepper dressing.
Three Tuns, Broad St, Hay-on-Wye, Hay on Wye, Herefordshire, Powys, UK, +44 (0) 1497 821 85
Just outside of Hay-on-Wye sits the Radnor Arms, a traditional, stone-built inn set against the backdrop of the Black Mountains. The period fireplaces, dark wood furniture and original, statement beams give a convivial and atmospheric feel to the intimate and cosy space. Enjoy a rustic pork, apricot, and pistachio terrine accented with rum, spicy apple sauce, and toast, or pan-fried tiger prawns with chilli butter, served with an aromatic lime mayonnaise. Move from this excellent starter on to a chicken breast with a brie, pancetta, artichoke, and shallot stuffing, served with spicy tomato and tarragon white wine sauce and new potatoes, or baked apricot and nut roast, topped with goats’ cheese, and served with beetroot and red onion sweet marmalade.
Radnor Arms, Llowes, Hay on Wyre, Herefordshire, UK, +44 (0) 1497 847460
The warm welcome received on entering The Harp Inn, just outside Hay-on-Wye, is a result of centuries of practice — this local favourite has been a public house since 1796. All the dishes are handmade using only the finest local ingredients and promise classic flavours delivered to a seemingly effortless professional and delicious standard. Enjoy a homemade local steak and Wye Valley Brewery ale pie baked in sumptuous shortcrust pastry with fresh vegetables and proper chips, or homemade mixed-bean casserole with basmati rice and a dressed side salad using the very freshest leaves. Conclude the evening with a generous cheeseboard consisting of local, artisan cheeses and punchy homemade chutney, or perhaps, for something a little sweeter, sample the rich sticky toffee pudding with a cup of coffee locally roasted in Hereford and ground in Glasbury.
The Harp Inn, Glasbury-on-Wye, Brecon, Powys, UK,+44 (0) 1497 847373