The Swan at Hay restored to former glory
The Swan at Hay has launched in the heart of Hay-on-Wye, Wales, after undergoing a complete refurbishment
The grade II listed Georgian building was built in 1812, and today is home to 19 bedrooms, a restaurant, two separate bars and a wedding and events hall. The hotel is located on Church Street in the heart of the famous market town, which over the years has become internationally recognised as the ‘Town of Books’, thanks to the bi-annual Hay Literary Festival. Each May the literary world floods into the delightful market town, with The Swan at Hay at its heart.
The Swan at Hay hotel works with many local companies from Hay-on-Wye, and today guests can experience the following whilst staying at the hotel:
- Myddfai Trading Company for the bathroom toiletries. Myddfai is a social enterprise working with challenged adults, helping them achieve more. The company offers innovative and environmentally friendly products made in Wales
- The artwork at the hotel was purchased from one of Wales’s best galleries, The Lion Street Gallery. The gallery mainly promotes artists who work in Wales and the Borders
- Crockery has been handmade bespoke for The Swan at Hay by Pauline Patterson
- The hotel’s coffee supplier, also based in Hay-on-Wye, is Black Mountain Roast, who offer small batch coffee, fresh from Wales
- Each bedroom has a selection of books purchased from Hay on Wye Booksellers, a bookshop located in the town for over 40 years. The owner Mike actually started selling books from the Swan at Hay hotel many years ago.
Guests and visitors have a choice of three dining options, The Garden Room Restaurant, 1812 Bar and The Market Bar. The 30 cover Garden Room restaurant is open daily under Head Chef Jerry Adam. The Garden Room dinner menu is available from Tuesday to Saturday, with the aim of offering as many seasonal Welsh dishes as possible using local produce. The Garden Room’s dinner menu is priced from £40 per person and each guest will effectively enjoy five courses. Jerry Adam’s most recent role was at Michelin-starred Ynyshir in Wales. Jerry also worked at The Swan at Hay’s sister hotel Llangoed Hall for three years, under head chef Nick Brodie. Prior to that Jerry spent time at other Michelin-starred premises, including the Bath Priory. Jerry also oversees the two more casual bars. A bar menu is served in either the 1812 Bar (named after the date the hotel was built) with 25 covers, or The Market Bar.
The Swan at Hay will unveil a selection of Literary Salons in 2017 and 2018, hosted by journalist and author Liz Hoggard. These salons will include lunch or afternoon tea, a Q&A with the author and a book signing. The hotel is also teaming up with several chefs throughout the year for Guest Chef Evenings, including with Great British Menu runner-up Andrew Scott of Restaurant 56 in Faringdon. Several Wine Dinners are also scheduled with leading sommeliers, including a dinner supported by Tanners Wines and hosted by former Le Gavroche Head Sommelier, Thierry Tomasin. For the more adventurous Murder Mystery Events will also be hosted with event partner Murder on the Side.
Pet lovers will enjoy the fact that The Swan at Hay is pet friendly, with four rooms allowing pets for a £15 fee. The hotel is the perfect base for exploring the north-easternmost tip of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and is also ideal for outdoor activities including walking, cycling and canoeing.
B&B at the hotel is priced from £115 per room per night.