Hay festival, Hay-On-Wye, Wales 2017



Celebrating its 30th year, Hay Festival has brought together writers from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival in the staggering beauty of the Welsh Borders. Hay celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking. "We believe the exchange of views and meeting of minds that our festivals create inspire revelations personal, political and educational." Hay is, in Bill Clinton's phrase, 'The Woodstock of the mind'.

Hay Festival was founded around a kitchen table in 1987 and continues to attract the most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians to inspire, delight and entertain.

This year events run from Thursday 25th May - Sunday 4th June. Click here for a programme of what's on.

Just 18 miles away from the festiavl site, why not book to stay with us during your literary adventures. Send us an enquiry via our 'Contact' page or call us directly on +44(0)1432 760264.


Sample Spring Restaurant Menu


@ The Priory Hotel
Priory lane, Stretton Sugwas, Hereford. HR4 7AR
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Spring Menu 17
This is a sample menu only and could change on a regular basis due to seasonal produce and availability. Please contact us for up to date information.


An Introduction
Homemade soup of the day served with freshly baked bread (V) £4.50

 Spring onion, ginger and chilli chicken cakes with fresh salad leaves and a Thai chilli dip £5.75

 Falafel croquettes rolled in a herb breadcrumb accompanied with a tangy tomato salsa and fresh salad leaves (V) £5.75

 Authentic Greek lamb koftas with fresh salad leaves and a mint and cucumber yoghurt dip £5.95


The Main Event
8oz Prime Herefordshire Ribeye Steak with hand cut chips, homemade onion rings, field mushroom & grilled tomato with a choice of blue stilton or peppercorn sauce £18.50

Chargrilled pork loin wrapped in parma ham on a bed of bubble and squeak, drizzled with a pork jus £14.50

Harissa marinated chicken breast served with Moroccan cous-cous, roasted vegetables and drizzled with a roasted red pepper sauce £15.95

 Herb-crusted oven-baked Hake fillet with roasted cherry tomatoes, freshly buttered asparagus, a lemon grass and pea sauce & baby roasted potatoes £14.50

 Roasted tomato, aubergine and chickpea lasagne served with a fresh dressed salad and toasted garlic ciabatta (V) £14.25


The Finale
Please ask for today’s selection of homemade desserts

All deserts £5.75 each.

Luxury Ice Cream – 2 scoops £3.50 3 scoops £4.50

Cheese and Biscuits £6.95

Freshly brewed Tea or Coffee £2.00


Sunday Lunch in Hereford

It is getting increasingly difficult to find somewhere that serves a good quality Sunday Lunch, in and around Hereford, that isn't a carvery having sat around for hours under a hot plate.

At The Priory Hotel we are rekindeling our Sunday Lunch menu, to create a reasonably priced lunch that is cooked from fresh local ingredients, where possible, and served straight from the kitchen.

What an ideal opportunity to get a group of loved ones together and enjoy the delights of our Sunday lunch between 12pm - 2pm. Pre-booking is essential, minimum numbers apply.


@ The Priory Hotel
Priory lane, Stretton Sugwas, Hereford. HR4 7AR

Sample Sunday Lunch Menu 

Chicken and duck liver parfait with wholemeal toast

 Roasted root vegetable soup, hazelnut drizzle, parsnip crisps and freshly baked bread

Traditional homemade fishcakes served with a chilli & lime mayo dip


Roast Herefordshire Beef with roasted red onion, Yorkshire pudding & goose fat roasted potatoes with red wine gravy

Tenderloin of pork with an apple cider sauce, served with wholegrain mustard mash

 Free-range breast of Chicken stuffed with spinach, mushroom and chorizo served on a bed of sun dried tomato risotto

 Cheddar and asparagus tart with roasted baby potatoes and salad


Vanilla poached pears with candied walnut praline mascarpone

chocolate mousse cup with homemade shortbread

Baked vanilla cheesecake with autumn fruit compot 

 Selection of ice creams


2 course lunch £18.00       3 course lunch  £21.00
Children half price

 Coffee or tea £2.00



After Funeral Catering in Hereford 

Come to us for your after funeral catering.

We are a family operated hotel with friendly but attentive staff to wait on you without fuss or hurry; we are a sensitive and flexible team and consider the Priory Hotel to be the perfect location for your funeral tea.

We have an adjustable space including a comfortable bar and a sitting room in which to relax for those smaller groups, a restaurant and a function room, all of which can be interconnected or separate as required. Our 8 en-suite bedrooms can accommodate those people that need to travel.

At the heart of our hotel is the Hathaway restaurant in which we use the finest and freshest ingredients from local suppliers and pride ourselves on homemade dishes.

Afternoon tea is a very popular option for funeral catering as it is often the case that numbers are uncertain, so this style of catering works well. Please find below a sample menu but bare in mind we are very flexible and can tailor a menu to suit your needs and time of day.


£10 per head 

Selections of freshly cut sandwiches using white & granary bread:
Egg mayo & cress
Gammon ham or roast beef
Mixed cheese and spring onion
Chicken & bacon in a light mayo

Sausage rolls- Pork, onion & sage wrapped in puff pastry

Selection of homemade cakes:
Baby meringues with raspberry & strawberry cream
Fruit cake
Lemon drizzle

Freshly brewed Tea or Coffee
White china plates, paper napkins


£13.50 per head

Selection of freshly cut sandwiches using white & granary bread:
Egg mayo & cress
Goats cheese with red onion jam
Gammon ham or roast beef
Chicken korma with rocket

Savoury tartlets -  bacon & onion / Mushroom

Cherry tomato & basil galette

Selection of homemade cakes - jam & cream sweet scones, meringues and flapjacks

Freshly brewed tea or coffee
White china plates, paper napkins

The above menu’s are catered for 10 + guests in the comfort of the Priory Hotel, if you  would like to discuss your requirements please contact us.



Priory Hotel for h.Art 

We have a great amount of artistic talent here in Herefordshire and the best time to see the variety on offer is at the h.ART week, which starts on the 7th of September and runs for over a week. Below we have added an example of the some of the great art work on offer around the county. Don’t forget if you need a fantastic hotel to stay at for the Herefordshire h.Art week, give us a call to see if we have availability. We can help you plan your routes to encompass your chosen venues or just let you explore for yourself.  

Hereford h.Art Dates are between 7th - 15th September