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Family run B&B and Country Pub in Llanbister, Mid Wales.


Welcome to The Lion Hotel, a well-established, friendly country pub with bed and breakfast accommodation in Mid Wales.

Janet and Ray Thomas have been proprietors of The Lion Hotel for over 25 years, but the pub has been in the village of Llanbister, near Llandrindod Wells, for over a century. The couple have retained some of the pub’s traditional Victorian features and décor, giving the building a distinct period feel. Guests staying at The Lion Hotel can feel as though they have stepped back into the late 19th century whilst enjoying all the comforts of modern living. The rooms are warm and cosy with fantastic views over the stunning Welsh countryside and the nearby river Ithon.

The location of The Lion Hotel makes it a fantastic Mid Wales bed and breakfast accommodation choice. Llanbister is a small, quiet village located in the beautiful Welsh countryside. However, it is also a superb base for those wishing to explore Mid Wales, with beauty spots like the Elan Valley nearby, as well as several fantastic walks, including the famous Glyndwr’s Way and Offa’s Dyke. The pub is also conveniently located for those visiting the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, which is held annually in Builth Wells, as well as being within easy reach of the market towns of Llandrindod Wells, Newtown, Rhayader, Presteigne and Knighton. We are also able to offer lessons in Clay Pigeon Shooting at Griffin-Lloyd Shooting Ground and access to a range of countryside pursuits in the local area. (See Activities for further information). 

In addition to comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation amidst stunning landscapes, guests staying at The Lion Hotel are assured a warm welcome. There are four guest rooms available at the pub, giving it a cosy, intimate atmosphere. There is also a restaurant serving traditional pub food, the majority of which is homemade and locally sourced as far as possible.

Janet and Ray love welcoming guests to their hotel and helping them to get the most out of their holiday in Mid Wales.

They look forward to welcoming you into their home.

What our recent guests have to say about the Lion Hotel...

Location is wonderful, good hearty breakfast, rooms cosy and the owners very obliging - Susan - 28th July 2019

Lovely people serving great selection of food Comfortable room with view over the hills - Martin - 26th July 2019

Warm welcome at a busy time, shown to well equipped very clean,comfy room with generous tea/coffee making facilities and sachets of hot chocolate left in cups and some delicious biscuits. Everything you need in bathroom including toothbrush/toothpaste. Delicious full breakfast in the morning and interesting tales from host. - Iris - 23rd July 2019

Everything was as good or better than I would have asked for. - Paul - 20th July 2019

Very friendly, excellent cooked breakfast and evening meal was an extremely good curry. - Robert 17th July 2019


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Whats New at The Lion Hotel

Local Taxi Service

Call Tom's Taxi - 07432683929 for Taxi Service in Llanbister and the surrounding area.

Winter Opening Hours

A lunchtime menu is served daily between 12pm-2pm and the full evening menu from 6pm-8.30pm Mon to Thursday and 6pm-9.00pm Friday and Saturday.  We are open for drinks only on Sunday until 6.00pm.

We are open most days for drinks throughout the day but do close occasionally so recommend telephoning in advance.

We would also recommend people telephone to book a table, especially in the evening.

Both lunchtime and evening menus are available on our  website.

If you need any further information please give us a call.


Did you know that we are registered as a National Refill Station?

Bring us your empty drinking bottles and we will gladly refill them for you for free.