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The Hay Tap

The Bull Ring, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AG, Wales
+44 1497 821042
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“pies” (32 reviews)
“mustard mash” (2 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
The Bull Ring, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AG, Wales
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went for a meal with the family. Pub was family friendly, cider very good, nice range of ales. Pies were amazing and very well priced. Highly recommended

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here as a family and had dinner in the bar/restaurant. Best pies we've had in a very long time. Strongly recommend that they sell them alongside the craft beers. Smaller portions were available for children. Our only gripe? We greedily ordered a cheese plate...More

Thank Jo B
HayTapManager, Owner at The Hay Tap, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

So glad you liked the pies so much! I very much agree that the cheese shouldn't be cold but at this quieter time of year we can't risk leaving quantities of cheese at room temperature with the possibility that the health & safety police will...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband & I walked upon this pub and remembered seeing the reviews so decided to go in and warm up with a pie. A nice rustic beamed bar lounge and cheerful person behind the bar. We were initially a little disappointed to heart that...More

Thank CosyCatAnn
HayTapManager, Owner at The Hay Tap, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Look forward to seeing you again. Not sure the moussaka will be available (on of the seasonal specials) but I know there'll be something to delight!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in here for a drink on the last day of our holiday and we were gutted we hadn’t come in here before! Lots of local beer to choose from, friendly and helpful staff, and a nice atmosphere. We are just gutted we didn’t...More

Thank Charlp88
HayTapManager, Owner at The Hay Tap, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed your visit. Perhaps worth a return trip? We are a hotel too, you know! Duncan

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On entering the premises it was warm welcoming and had a lovely feel to it. The service was friendly and informative. The food was spot on I had the steak and ale pie with horseradish mash and roasted new potatoes. Will definitely come back to...More

Thank Daddy1572
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Blue Monday! Decided to visit Hay on Wye. While a lot of places were shut The Hay Tap was not. Friendly welcome and good service on arrival. We both selected the pies, Moroccan and Steak + Stilton, and wow we were not disappointed. They were...More

Thank Ivy291104
HayTapManager, Owner at The Hay Tap, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your comments - see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 January 2018

Eight of us stayed for a week near Hay-on-wye with dogs. We found The Hay Tap by chance it really is a great place to have a meal and a drink. Their hospitality is second to none we were made to feel so welcome 8...More

Thank Helen390
HayTapManager, Owner at The Hay Tap, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Thanks for your kind words. Mork has been awarded his good service medal accordingly... we hate to see people go home hungry!

Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across the bar restaurant on a cold winters day. The chap behind the bar warned of a long wait and the place was packed. It was well worth the wait, both the food and service were excellent. All in all a great choice...More

Thank Algarvean
HayTapManager, Owner at The Hay Tap, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Yes, we can get rather busy but I'm glad your patience was rewarded! If you're passing again, do give us a call and we can reserve you a table.

Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Best pies we have ever had! Would recommend this place highly, friendly staff and also great dog friendly place!

Thank Gemmamh
HayTapManager, Owner at The Hay Tap, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Thank you - we try to excel!

Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic pub. We spent a lot of time in here after getting snowed in a couple of weeks ago. The food was the best. Staff were amazing and we are thinking of staying in the hotel attached as the service was so good.

Thank danielj1Wales
HayTapManager, Owner at The Hay Tap, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Thank you - your comments are welcomed by our excellent staff. You might be interested to know that despite our previous good reviews, we're going through a programme of further improving our rooms. Do come and stay soon!

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20 June 2015|
Response from EdCJDavies | Property representative |
Certainly can - we just ask for dogs to be kept on leads.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Bull Ring, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AG, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Powys  >  Hay-on-Wye
  • Phone Number: +44 1497 821042
  • E-mail
A casual dining experience in an 18th century inn. Savoury pies, made on the premises from local ingredients, are the speciality with light lunches, salads and snacks also available. A host of real ales, craft beers, traditional ciders and fine wines juggle for position on the bar for diners and drinkers alike.
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