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Bistro @ The Swan at Hay

Church Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5DQ, Wales
+44 1497 821188
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good24%
  • Average14%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible14%
4 weeks ago
“Large group, all very happy”
16 Apr 2017
“Dinner in the Red Room”
Restaurant Hours
$$ - $$$
Church Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5DQ, Wales
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 16 April 2017

The best bit - ie the main requirement - was that the food was very good. The staff are very friendly but still inexperienced. When we arrived we were offered different menus even before we had a chance to sit down, which took a while...More

Thank mike8man
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for one night, dinner and breakfast. All lovely, staff very friendly, food great and garden beautiful. Will definitely go again.

Thank julievass49
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Where do I start? Stayed locally in a nearby beautiful house with all the family - 6 of us . Booked Christmas lunch on the recommendation of the owner of the house as advised the Swan had been taken over by Llangoed Hall, and it...More

3  Thank Jane W
Reviewed 12 December 2016

I was here with a group of local people for our annual dinner. All the food was pre-ordered. My soup starter was good and the bread was great. However my main course of roast beef was dreadful...a thin slice of leather, with woeful yorkshire pudding...More

Thank SeanHayonWye
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful dining room, attentive service, amazing garlic froth ...wow... generous portion of smoked salmon starter, tasty roast dinner, great to see the swan being reinvigorated...looking forward to a return visit...!

Thank deb c
Reviewed 17 August 2016

A friend of mine very kindly took me for lunch here today (17th August 2016) as she had been in previously to ask about the menu. The young man behind the bar told us that the salad platters were made with local ingredients from a...More

Thank Ann s
Reviewed 27 July 2016

It was our friend's suggestion. We hadn't eaten here for some time and it has changed hands. Lunch time on Sunday and the dining room was empty. This is very unusual in this area. I ordered pigeon followed by belly of pork, my wife: pigeon...More

1  Thank Jeremy V
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This is probably the worst meal we have had in the area. We went for dinner but were very disappointed with our meal. We both ordered lamb with Jersey Royal potatoes, when it came we were served 3 small nougats of lamb, the size of...More

Thank Linda K
Reviewed 25 March 2016

We ate the vegetarian meal here - a leek risotto with freshly made bread and a vanilla brulee with rhubarb sorbet - and it was one of the best meals I've had this year. The chef hasn't been in post long but he is clearly...More

Thank fmr2015
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$32
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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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