Food & Drink Tuesday, July 19th Words by: Olivia Khan-Davis, pictures by: Tile image from Wikipedia/icon from NounProject/ThreeSixFive

Best Places to Eat in Hay-on-Wye

Food & Drink Tuesday, July 19th

Best Places to Eat in Hay-on-Wye

Whether you visit for books, walking or shopping the quirky and bustling town of Hay-on-Wye offers a range of eateries to suit anyone. These are my top 5 picks for a place to fill a rumbling tummy at lunchtime.


1. The Globe at Hay

With a keen focus on supporting community suppliers and businesses the menu here has been designed to include a sumptuous range of soups, salads and burgers. Fresh food delivered in the morning create the base of the ever-changing menus and you can taste the difference! Set within a converted Methodist chapel, eccentric array of furniture and quirky art work this is a great spot for locally sourced and seasonal menus. A venue celebrating art and culture in style amongst a diverse programme of events and workshops. Keep an eye out for the monthly supper clubs hosted in a beautifully refurbished restaurant; an opportunity to share and enjoy bespoke menus served to the table over the course of an evening.

Newport St, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5BG | 01497 821762 |



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2. Richard Booth’s Bookshop Café

A bright open plan café amid the floor to ceiling book shelves of the beautiful Richard Booth’s Bookshop. Whether looking for time to retreat or catch up with friends this is a great spot to discover wrapped around a little courtyard and basking in natural light. Buttermilk pancakes served with bacon and maple syrup is enough to catch my attention but the menu boasts a further great selection of light brunch and lunch options. With recent plans to now open Friday and Saturday nights also, the café is in full swing this summer.

44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AA | 01497 820322 |


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3. Tomatitos Tapas Bar

This lively bar in the centre of town has a deliciously varied tapas menu and with daily specials there is enough here to satisfy anyone looking for a light bite to a hearty fare. Calamari, chorizo, patatas bravas; great Spanish inspired dishes alongside a largely Spanish wine and beer selection. With oak beams, a piano and fireplace, the friendly owners always behind the bar create a cosy and casual atmosphere. This is a favourite spot amongst locals. A wonderful place to gain a feel for the community and those that are part of it. Don’t miss the secret garden providing an ideal sun trap for enjoying a glass of sangria.

38 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5AA | 01497 820772 |

4. The Blue Boar

A pub full of character and always a friendly welcome. The central bar, dark panelling and open fires offer plenty of cosy seating. The garden lined with flowers and fairy lights hides away from the hustle of Hay-on-Wye. One of the only places in town to serve a menu throughout the day, there is plenty of choice from light bites to mains; the summer chicken casserole being one of my favourites. With plenty of traditional local ales and ciders to choose from and always a vibrant atmosphere, this is a great stop to idle away an afternoon with good company.

Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DF | 01497 820884 |

5. The Old Electric Shop

A beautifully kookie café surrounded by an eclectic assortment of vintage household goods and furniture on sale. Here you will find a fresh vegetarian brunch and lunch menu inspired by world travels and celebrating seasonal produce. There is a great selection of the area’s best suppliers; locally roasted coffee, bread, muffins and salad. With tables spilling onto the pavement it’s a great place to watch the world go by and treat yourself in this treasure trove.

10 Broad Street, Hay on Wye, HR3 5DB | 01497 821194 | 

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