Welcome to Rohan Hay-on-Wye from Managers Peter Davies & Fiona Street
Shop Phone Number: 01497 822540
Shop Opening Times: 09-30 – 05-30 Monday to Saturday 12 noon – 5.00pm Sundays
Shop Address: 23 Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, Herefordshire HR3 5DF
Rohan Hay-on-Wye opened on 27th May 2010 in a stone terrace building with beams, wooden floor and mahogany woodwork to the interior and in the past has housed: Harpers Barbers 2007 – 2010, Little Houses Dolls Houses 2006 – 2007, Gallery 2003 – 2006 and yes you guessed it …a book shop up until 2003.
Directions to shop – The nearest railway station to Hay is at Hereford where buses run by Stagecoach and Yeomans connect to Hay. Bus No 39 Weekdays and 39a on Sundays and Bank Holidays travel from Hereford to Hay Craft and Tourist Information Center on Oxford Road.
Parking - Large car park next to the Tourist Information and Craft Center. Tariff 50p per hour or £2-50 for the day.
Staff Recommendations - The Granary – pleasant 2 storey restaurant housed in an early 19th century wool store. Good vegetarian and vegan options. The upper room has drawing exhibitions by contemporary artists.
Oscars Bistro – straightforward well made food, popular with the locals.
Red Indigo – Hay’s deservedly successful curry house, decorated in high Bollywood chic.
The Sandwich Seller – On Backfold – a popular with walkers putting together a picnic
The Fish and Chip Shop – housed in a small, late Victorian Grade II listed building.
Chop Suey House – a cheerful, high standard takeaway
Kilvert’s Hotel – Good food with a lovely large beer garden to the rear. Dogs Welcome
Blue Boar – Open fireplaces with dining spaces clustered around the bar.
The Swan at Hay – Large, elegant, Grade II listed Georgian coaching in with bar, bistro, restaurant and beautiful walled garden.
Local Knowledge - The Kingdom of Hay-on-Wye (yes, it has its own King) is a book-town on the Welsh side of the border with England. This small market town is famous the world over for the annual Guardian Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts ,described by Bill Clinton as the Woodstock of the Mind, which started on the back of the town’s main industry – tourism centered around the many bookshops and the estimated 10 million books therein.
Other draws for the tourist include the castle with its war torn history (situated just behind the Rohan Shop) which now hosts a walled, open air honesty bookshop, St. Mary’s – a small but perfectly formed church, the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle and various architectural beauties such as the Butter Market in the style of a Doric Temple and the Victorian Gothic Clock Tower.
Hay is also ideally situated for walking and other outdoor activities, lying as it does on the river Wye in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The river provides opportunities for kayaking and canoeing as well as a riverside walk to ‘the Warren’ – a riverside meadow bought by some of the Hay residents for public use to save it from becoming a caravan site.
For more serious walkers, there are the nearby Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains, not to mention Hay Bluff – about 5 minutes drive from the town centre.
The magnificent Offa’s Dyke (the footpath that runs the whole length of Wales) also passes through Hay.