This is the oldest surviving house in Hay-on-Wye. It was built in the 16th century as a three-bay cruck truss (the original cruck truss is still in place) timber-frame building and is now mostly encased in stone. The bar has an inviting Inglenook chimney and original features such as a dog-leg staircase are scattered throughout. There’s still a horse mounting block outside.
In 2005, a fire damaged much of the building, but it was quickly restored. In addition to the pub and the dining room, there’s a cozy upstairs named the Old Ladies Room (where there were, in fact, two lone women sitting, though neither of them were old) and a heated beer garden/al fresco dining area.
The head chef is from nearby Herefordshire and is passionate about using local ingredients from suppliers he knows and trusts. The fish is from sustainable stock off the coast of Cornwall, the meat comes from animals who once walked the same Welsh countryside you can see from your car and the organic vegetables, cheese and ice cream are all from nearby sources. The breads are baked on-site.
The menu offers an interesting and varied menu of fish and meat dishes, salads, pizzas and soups.
Broad Street, Hay on Wye HR3 5DB.
Three Tuns, Hay, Wales, restaurant