Our Services


We are passionate about using homegrown & locally sourced quality ingredients in our menu & specials board, which also features many Award Winning Welsh Products enabling us to showcase the best of what Wales has to offer. Click on the 'MENUS' link above to check out our food and drink offering/

Celebration Cakes

You can order any of our celebration cakes for collection.  If you have a special occasion coming up, or simply fancy a treat, then why not order one of our scrummy cakes.  Simply click on the Cake Shop link above to see our options and place your order.

Private Hire

If you have an event coming up you can book the Old Stables Tearooms. You can book the whole tearooms for a function/party. We take bookings for birthdays , stag breakfasts,wedding breakfasts, hen do's, high teas , funeral teas & meetings. We offer full meals or buffets. We seat 28 inside & during summer another 30 outside. WE ARE ALSO FULLY LICENSED so contact us with your requirements.

Our Awards

What Our Customers Say

Well I have done all cafes in Hay but this one is a cut above the rest, the staff are just wonderful. The food is excellent we ended up with the chocolate cake warmed it’s just awsome. Will return to Hay just to have lunch here. It was a fitting anniversary lunch.

“Simply the best”

“Simply the best”


What a gem of a place and very sensibly priced. Although full when we arrived we were warmly greeted and a table found for us sitting with another couple (with whom we chatted like old friends!). The waitress could not have been nicer (even when we were scrabbling around for change as they do not accept cards). The scones both gluten free and flour-full were divine and teamed with a cuppa it was a perfect antidote to the wind and rain outside, a real taste of summer! Thank you!

“Gluten free Scone with Jam and Cream, a real treat!!”

“Gluten free Scone with Jam and Cream, a real treat!!”


Lovely warm welcome on arrival, quickly seated despite obvioulsy busy! Great choice on menu with really good range of specials both lighter bites and meals. Mains and deserts came beautiful presented, generous portions and all locally sourced and homemade and freshly cooked. Service was faultess! Just back from the main street, well worth looking out and little gem, we will be back! Homemade jams and chutneys for sale also 5 stars 🙂

“Loveliest tearoom, food and service!”

“Loveliest tearoom, food and service!”


Great fresh local food welcoming atmosphere. Quick and friendly service. Satisfied 2 meat eaters, 2 vegetarian s and 2 teenagers ! Great choice and catering for all diets. Bought some of their jam to take home. Lovely. ..thankyou

“Lunch stop”

“Lunch stop”

Jo V


Rachel Carnell

Rachel Carnell

Partner & Head Chef
While nan looked after her two young children, Rachel Carnell would be helping Aunt Betty serve scones, tea and cakes in her small café at Hay-on-Wye. Rachel was always thinking that someday she would like to run a café of her own.

Twenty years on, Rachel’s ambition has been realised, with her Old Stables Tearooms flourishing in the picturesque border town best known for its bookshops and annual literary festival.

Mike Carnell

Mike Carnell


Mike Carnell is a professional chef who started his own business called “Chef on the Run Foods” in 2003.

Katie Carnell

Katie Carnell

Manager & Chef

As well as cooking alongside Rachel, Mike and Rachel’s daughter Katie is The Tearooms General Manager and runs all aspects of the front of house.

Kearan Morris

Kearan Morris

Tearooms & Kitchen Assistant

Kearan is Rachel & Mike’s nephew and has been working at the tearooms for 5 years. He helps with all aspects of the tearooms both in the kitchen & front of house.

Latest news

Old Stables

Old Stables featured in The Guardian’s Great UK Tearooms.

Wow! What can we say? Incredibly honoured to be listed as a Great UK Tearoom in the Food and Drink: Readers’ Travel Tips section of The Guardian on April 14th, […]

Old Stables win Regional Award

Old Stables wins Best Tea/Coffee Shop

 We are over the moon to announce that we won the Best Tea/Coffee Shop at the Regional Awards 2016. We would like to thank all of our customers for voting […]

gluten free powys

Gluten Free at The Old Stables

If you’re unfortunate enough to suffer from Coeliac Disease or have a general intolerance to gluten, you might normally shy away from places such as tearooms. There’s no need to […]

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