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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. The  Lion is open for guests only on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and open for non residents the rest of the week.

Janet and Ray Thomas have been proprietors of The Lion Hotel for over 27 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 , exclusive private fishing on the river Ithon, 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 three 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...

Excellent hosts & lovely home cooked food for breakfast and evening meal. It felt safe and covid secure with good social distancing and hygiene in place - Joyce August 2020

Excellent breakfast. Superb Curry. Fantastic local knowledge that guided us through our few days. Would definately stay there again - Lee - August 2020

A beautiful place to stay. Relaxing garden, clean comfy beds and airy rooms. Breakfast 11/10 and home made Indian Curry is excellent. Owners very friendly and helpful - Jeanette August 2020

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 Opening Hours

The Lion, Llanbister New Opening Hours from 5th March 2022

The Lion Bar and Restaurant will be open for non residents Wednesday evening through to Saturday evenings. Please ring to reserve a table. Hours of Opening 6.30pm to 11.00pm

The Bar & Restaurant are open every night for guests staying at The Lion Hotel only.

We will be following all Welsh Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of staff and customers.


Local Taxi Service

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


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.