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Top Choice Spanish in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Tomatitos Tapas Bar

Friendly, bustling Tomatitos combines the atmosphere of everyone's favourite pub with an España-centric menu. Staples such as patatas bravas and chorizo aside, daily specials feature guest stars such as mushrooms st…
Top Choice Modern British in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

St John's Place

St John's Place is only open two nights a week and the menu is limited to three choices for each course, but this narrow focus seems to allow the kitchen plenty of room for passionate experimentation and refinement.…
Literature in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Hay Festival

The 10-day Hay Festival has become Britain's leading festival of literature and the arts – a kind of bookworms' Glastonbury or, according to Bill Clinton, 'the Woodstock of the mind'. Like those legendary music fest…
Beer Hall in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Beer Revolution

Within the castle grounds, this boozy Aladdin's cave is stacked to the rafters with Welsh craft beer and cider. Settle in to sample the range, either alfresco or in one of the handful of seats upstairs. As well as b…
Pub Food in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Three Tuns

Rebuilt and expanded after a fire partially destroyed the 16th-century building, this smart gastropub is a welcoming and atmospheric place. The menu has an Italian edge to it, including delicious pasta, Roman-style …
Vegetarian in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Old Electric Shop

Hay's hippest cafe inhabits an eclectic junk-shop-like space crammed with studios selling new and vintage clothing, furniture and, of course, books. The blackboard menu includes tasty vegetarian soups, salads and cu…
Books in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Richard Booth's Bookshop

The most famous and still the best, Booth's is a thing of beauty – from the exquisite tiling on the outside to the well-presented shelves within. There's a sizeable Anglo-Welsh literature section, a Wales travel sec…
Live Performance in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Globe at Hay

This converted Methodist chapel wears many hats: cafe, bar, live-music venue, theatre, club and all-round community hub. It's a wonderfully intimate place to watch a band, catch a comedian or listen to a sabre-rattl…
Cafe in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Bookshop Cafe

Set around a courtyard at the rear of Richard Booth's Bookshop, this light-filled eatery serves upmarket cafe fare such as smoked haddock and crayfish fishcakes and their own fancy take on a Welsh rarebit.
Books in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Murder & Mayhem

This specialist branch of Addyman Books has a body outline on the floor, monsters on the ceiling and stacks of detective fiction, true crime and horror.