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

Hay Festival

The 10-day Hay Festival is Britain's leading festival of literature and the arts – a kind of bookworms' Glastonbury. Like an iconic music festival, it has the gravity to attract the brightest stars in its corner of …
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 offers only three 'plates' alongside a wider range of 'bar snacks', but this narrow focus seems to allow the kitchen plenty of room for experimentation and aspirati…
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 tortilla and chorizo in cider aside, daily specials feature guest stars such as roasted p…
Top Choice 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 immaculately catalogued shelves within (a far cry from the teetering piles of its early years). Ther…
Live Performance in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Globe at Hay

Run by the Institute of Art and Ideas, the people behind Hay's HowTheLightGetsIn festival of philosophy and music, this converted Methodist chapel wears many hats: cafe (mains £12 to £14), bar, live-music venue, the…
British in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

River Cafe

River Cafe makes the most of glorious Wye frontage in the little town of Glasbury, 5 miles southwest of Hay. The dining room is open and airy, with a timbered deck perched above the gurgling flow. Inventive-yet-soot…
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, served until 3pm, includes tasty vegetarian s…
Music in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)


Billed as the word's largest festival of philosophy and music, HowTheLightGetsIn returned to Hay in 2018 with a program entitled Darkness, Authority and Dreams, featuring speakers as diverse as linguist Noam Chomsky…
Books in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Murder & Mayhem

Over the road from the parent store, 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.
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.