Hay-On-Wye Travel Guide

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Hay-On-Wye Things to Do

  • Hay-on-Wye book festival!

    Held each year in May,I found it to be an Excellent event and worth the lovely drive from London to get there - a small town in lovely countryside in Wales - and an excellent lineup of events to attend.In May 2006, I got hold of a schedule of speakers and prebooked tickets and enjoyed the stimulation of an interesting variety of comedy (Jo Brand)...

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  • Mooch around... (invasion of the books)

    When I first knew Hay back in the early 70s it was a quiet place, on the border of England & Wales, fringes of the National Park, & edge of the Wye. A weekly market, 'normal' shops, an occasional pony sale. Richard Booth had just set up his first book shop. The majority of tourists come to Hay because of its reputation as a Town of Books and the...

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  • Looking for books

    In a town like Hay looking for books is not a shopping tip, but a things to do one. I don't know how many bookstores there are, close to 40 I think, so it would take a lot of time to go to all of them.Some shops are for collectors, who are willing to spend some money. These are well organized, the books are protected by foil, the rooms are well...

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Hay-On-Wye Restaurants

  • Very disappointing!

    I recently visited this pub and was very disappointed with the food and service. I ordered the chicken & mushroom pie. When it arrived it was salty and very greasy. It arrived with a salad! When the bar man asked me for feedback I told him my concerns I had eaten my meal but wanted him to be aware of my comments for future diners. A few minutes...

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  • POOR VALUE FOR MONEY

    I have been to this restaurant several times, including a 'big do' for my father's funeral.I went again on 15th September 2012 and was very unimpressed on several accounts:The service was slow and when the food arrived, the portions were small and very mediocre in quality. The Lamb Tagine with 4 x 2cm square pieces of meat swimming in a bland...

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  • Fantastic Food! Fantastic Staff!!

    When venturing into new parts of the world I always check reviews of local restaurants and eateries. At first, likie many, I was put off by the innitial negativive reviews of this charming pub. I looked at some of the competition and found that none appealed. While shopping my friend and I were discussing the fact that Hay seemed to have no where...

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  • Vegetarians don't bother

    I recently went into the Blue Boar in Hay on Wye lured in by the promise of Sunday roast with vegetarian options. I was told, however, that the roast was off and I had to choose from the main menu or the specials board. Ok no poblem. Specials board first- Oh nothing vegetarian on there. Never mind - main menu. Lets see I have a choice between two...

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  • Avoid like the plague

    I have eaten in the various restaurants and pubs around Hay-on-Wye for over 30 years now. A few years ago I would have rated the Blue Boar as one of the best places to eat in Hay. NOT ANYMORE! I went in with my partner for a meal Jan 2009 and the first thing that struck me was the apalling service. The bar staff had no concept of who was next to be...

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  • Tuesday Night is Curry Night!

    The Baskerville Arms is a hotel/pub/restaurant in the village of Clyro, just outside Hay. As well as the usual pub fodder (I had an excellent home made chicken pie), they also serve indian specialities. The fish curry was delicious, even if they did bring me a poppadum when I asked for a naan! The fish curry - delicately flavoured and very unlike...

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  • Sheep's milk ice cream .. and the best...

    An ice-cream parlour that, as its name implies, specialises in sheep milk ice-cream. So... the four of us were eating a delicious ice cream, and I, never satisfied with the moment, was reading out the menu of other possibilities. I described how all the ices were made with sheep milk, and my friend, only half-listening, said she 'wasn't going to...

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  • Between a cafeteria and a café

    The Café Hay is in a building attached to the Craft Centre complex, close to the tourist information and the main bus stop. Since there is also a large parking lot nearby, it was really busy.It's a mixture of a cafeteria and a restaurant, you order your food and take it to your table, but anything which has to be prepared fresh will be brought to...

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  • Pub Grub

    I was attracted to this pub because of the literary connections of the name (the pub in Agatha Christie's St Mary Mead is the Blue Boar).It serves a typical pub selection: pasta, chilli, steak etc. We tried the traditional Welsh cawl (a type of lamb stew) and a ham salad. Both were good. Cawl is a traditional Welsh lamb stew.

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Hay-On-Wye Transportation

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    by Zmrzlina Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    Plan to get to Hay-on-Wye as early as possible so you don't feel rushed. If you plan it right, you can get out before the last bus and then have time to do something else in the evening.

    The buses leave from Hereford, in UK as early as 8:30 a.m. and it takes about an hour to get to Hay-on-Wye. And coming out, it is 5 p.m. for the last bus. And I am not sure about Sundays.

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Hay-On-Wye Shopping

  • Books, books and more books

    Hay is famous for its bookshops, of which there are many. Some are antiquarian, specialising in rare and first editions, some, such as Murder and Mayhem, specialise in particular subjects, others just sell second hand or new books. There is also at least one shop selling remaindered new books for £1 each. One word of warning though - check your...

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  • Very special jewellery

    There are actually some stores in Hay on Wye which don't sell books but other things. I found the stores in the craft centre very nice. My favourite one had all sorts of jewellery, in all price ranges. It was fun just to look around and even more fun to go back and buy some earrings.Next to it there is a fudge store, where you can get a lot of...

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  • Hay-On-Wye Hotels

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Hay-On-Wye Warnings and Dangers

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    by christine.j Written Oct 14, 2006

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    I was in Hay on a Sunday, so maybe my experience was typical for Sundays and it's different on a weekday. At 5pm in the afternoon, everything seemed to close. The bookstores, the craftcentre, the café and the tourist information, all of sudden everything was deadly quiet. Luckily for me, my bus was only a few minutes late, leaving shortly after 5. I had met a young American, however, who was going the other way towards Hereford and he had to wait for his bus for more than 90 minutes. There was nothing for him to do than sit on the wall and wait.

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