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Family run B&B and Country Pub in Llanbister, Powys, 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 guests have to say about the Lion Hotel...

"Very welcoming and felt at home instantly." Yvette, September 2018

"This is a lovely place to stay at, you are welcomed by great hosts from the minute you arrive to when you leave. The view from the room was amazing, I will definitely be returning." Kimberley, August 2018

"Very friendly management, staff and locals, good food and excellent beer, great location." David, June 2017

"Lovely village pub with fantastic views across the Welsh countryside." Michael, April 2017

"Lovely location, peaceful and very welcoming excellent breakfast with local produce and everything you could imagine, rooms were 10/10. will stay there again" Tim, May 16

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*Book a Clay Shooting Experience with us today for a memorable day out* 

We are delighted to offer Clay Target Shooting lessons with The Ray Thomas Shooting Experience, based at an International Accredited Shooting Ground in beautiful Mid Wales.  Your experience will include all equipment hire, clays and cartridges as well as expert tuition. You will given all the necessary training in safety techniques from a fully qualified instructor. The professionals are friendly and patient and will teach you how to handle the shotgun and shoot a variety of sporting targets, so you’ll be well prepared when you step up to have a go for yourselves, putting your aim and accuracy to the test.