The Old Black Lion is privately owned and personally managed by the resident proprietor Dolan Leighton who looks forward to welcoming you as her guest. This atmospheric 17th Century Inn, is situated close to what was known as the Lion Gate, one of the original entrances into the medieval walled town of Hay-on-Wye. It is believed that parts of the building date back to the 1300’s with features that are similar to those in the old Castle building suggesting that part of the original structure may have been built at the same time as one of the Castle building phases. The Old Black Lion certainly has a colourful history and it is reputed that Oliver Cromwell stayed at the Inn whilst the Roundheads besieged Hay Castle, which was then a loyalist stronghold.
The Old Black Lion is close to the centre of Hay. It offers 10 ensuite rooms and is famous for the quality of the food served lunchtime and evening daily, and for its warm welcome and friendly staff. There is a car park to the rear for guests.
The Marches town of Hay on Wye is located within some of the most breath-taking scenery in Wales. The town lies just inside Wales on the border with Herefordshire. It is on the east bank of the River Wye, a popular place for fishing, canoeing and bird watching and is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, with the Black Mountains on the north side of the town. Hay is an ideal destination for walkers, being on the Offa’s Dyke footpath and with many spectacular walks into the Beacons from the town. There is also cycle hire available so longer distances on peaceful roads through the National Park can be attempted.
Hay-on-Wye is an international destination for bibliophiles, with over twenty bookshops, many selling specialist and second-hand books. There are also many boutique shops and so much to be discovered, for example what must be one of the most luxurious small cinemas in the country. There is a popular market every Thursday held just below the Castle walls selling local produce and crafts.