Whatever your taste you’ll find something on the festival site to satisfy your appetite or quench your thirst. This year Hay Festival will be switching to reusable beer and wine ‘glasses’ and we are the first Festival to trial a new reusable hot drink cups system. There will be a small charge at the bars and restaurants which will go towards the increased costs or, bring your own cup and get a discount on hot drinks at the Friends Cafe and Coffee Cart outlets.
Whether a three-course meal, light lunch or sandwich, the restaurants and Festival Food Hall have a huge range. Choose from freshly baked pizza, venison and beef burgers, paella, crepes, sweet & savoury fritters and more. Our extended Food Hall does of course offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
Fresh coffee and tea are on hand across the site and our bars can serve you with a refreshing pint of local real ale or a glass of Prosecco. As always, Shepherds will be serving their locally made ice-creams – perfect in any weather.
There are three Coffee Cart outlets at the Festival, situated in the Friends Café, Festival Food Hall and on the walkway towards the Tata Tent, all serving the finest fresh coffee and tea.
For a pint of real ale, a glass of wine or a jug of Pimm’s to enjoy in the sunshine, head to the Festival Bars. The Airstream Bar is returning to the Food Hall this year.
The café is open early for your first shot of coffee through to the call for last orders. Join your friends or make new ones here.
Relish Festival Restaurant – Café – Bar
Relish returns to Hay Festival 2018, bringing you the Festival Restaurant, Café and Bar. Our main focus is to source locally and sustainably to create delicious food for everyone to enjoy.
Open every day of the Festival serving lunch and dinner, with a range of delicious dishes featuring seasonal ingredients from local farms.
The restaurant offers a sit down meal so group bookings are welcome in the Restaurant during the festival, but we will also be taking walk-in tables. To book call 01285 658 444, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book online at relishbookings.com.
We will also be offering Dining Deals so stay tuned!
Our bar will feature local beers, wine and an exciting array of delicious cocktails to enjoy throughout the day.
Our barista coffees, homemade cakes and other deli treats will be available all day to eat in or take away. Local veg soups and fresh bread will also be on offer, for a quick lunch between talks and shows.
Shepherds Ice Cream
If you are looking for irresistible ice-creams, sublime sundaes and toppings; you’re in the right place. Shepherds have been making artisan ice-cream since 1987, using a unique recipe based on sheep’s milk. Visit their stall on site and their café/ice-cream parlour at 9 High Town, chosen by Condé Nast Traveller as one of the World’s Best Local Ice-Cream Shops. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter @shepherdsices. Don’t be a lost sheep – flock to Shepherds.
FESTIVAL FOOD HALL
Buon Gusto Pizza
Buon Gusto is pleased once again to serve you at Hay Festival, where authentic Italian pizza is made fresh every day in the Food Hall. Choose from the quirky Festival-themed menu and enjoy stone-baked pizza, which uses a unique dough recipe and is cooked to order. Open every day till late.
A friendly falafel bar in the heart of the Festival site serving delicious, healthy, fresh food: from classic falafels in pitta, to falafel and hummus salad boxes with chips and olives on the side. All of our falafels are vegan and gluten free.
La Bonne Crepe
La Bonne Crepe is a traditional creperie. It offers authentic crepes and galettes (savoury crepes: gluten, wheat and dairy free, along with vegan options) using organic, Fairtrade, local ingredients. Food is cooked all day, to order, made from scratch and served with a smile.
Meat & Greek
Meet a Cardiff-based Greek Cypriot family passionate about sharing their authentic Souvlaki fresh from the skewer. Greeks don’t do anything by halves especially food. Their portions are generous and the ingredients wholesome. All food is cooked to perfection over charcoal. For those not familiar with Souvlaki, think toasted pitta breads packed with hand-cut cubes of charcoaled chicken or pork and market-fresh salad, topped with a helping of homemade tzatziki or houmous and garnished with parsley and onion. Vegetarians can swap it for charcoaled halloumi.
Old Granary Pierogi
Old Granary Pierogi was a Street Food/Takeaway category finalist in the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2018. They developed from a passion for cooking and eating good, wholesome food. They are a Polish family that has chosen to settle in rural Herefordshire, embracing British cuisine and infusing it with their Polish culinary knowledge and heritage. Pierogi is a traditional, hearty dish that resembles Italian ravioli when boiled, or the traditional Cornish pasty when baked. The pierogi 'dumplings' are the most famous Polish food, known and loved all over the world and getting more popular here in the UK, thanks to the Hairy Bikers, Nigel Slater and Andi Oliver. The baked pierogi are hand-crafted in yeast dough cases, hand-rolled and stuffed with meaty and vegetarian fillings. Along with both types of pierogi, they also serve other Polish dishes such as kopytka (Polish gnocchi) with wild mushroom sauce or beef goulash, bigos (hunter’s stew), Polish sausage with sauerkraut and a selection of soups. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available.
Squid INC is bringing Salt and Pepper Baby Squid – just add a Vietnamese or Thai twist to the squid at no extra charge if you wish. The squid is sourced from the south-west, cooked to order and topped with homemade pickled salad. Perfect with their triple-fried British organic chips.
Soulfood Kitchen is a dynamic new start-up with the motto 'Caterers with a Conscience'. They bring a French flair to the Festival with an array of duck confit dishes. Vegetarian options are oyster mushrooms and creamed potatoes cooked with smoked garlic and Welsh cheddar. The company's social enterprise model means that they donate a set percentage of all profits to charity and employ marginalised individuals. They buy local to minimise their carbon footprint and use only quality ingredients, cooking in small batches to ensure a tantalising taste.
The Cowshed was opened in 2009 with an emphasis on quality, local produce. In 2016 it won Best Restaurant in the Bristol Lifestyle Awards. Ruby & White was opened in 2011 and is now one of the south-west's leading purveyors of bespoke meats. It has merged the two to offer outstanding, locally sourced street food ranging from burgers and steaks to veggie halloumi options.
The Fritter Shack
This is a small company from Mid Wales producing homemade vegan and gluten-free dishes. Try their vegan crispy fritters served on a bed of spicy slaw and topped with chilli jam. Their vision is to reduce their carbon footprint and operate as ethically as possible. They won the Glastonbury Sustainable Trader Gold Award 2017.
The Spanish Buffet
Since 2012 The Spanish Buffet has provided authentic Spanish street food at many markets and festivals around south Wales and beyond, offering their famous paella and classic tapas to large audiences. Their colourful, Mediterranean, healthy options are for everyone; gluten-free alternatives available. It's fiesta time!
Welsh venison is a local farming family, butcher’s and farm shop. It offers festival followers the healthy venison option and will be open every day with a varied menu including its famous gourmet venison burgers, chilli, meatballs, salads and wedges. For the early birds, the free-range egg and bacon rolls are a great way to start the day. The family's farm shop, stocked with Welsh produce, local bread and gifts for the home, is also worth a visit: www.beaconsfarmshop.co.uk
Yellow Turban Thali
Enjoy healthy, tasty festival food from the Bristol-based Yellow Turban Thali. They will be serving vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free Indian street food with snacks of pakoras and samosas (with tamarind sauce) throughout the day. Or try their authentic Thali plate for a more substantial meal, with two contrasting curries, dahl, the finest basmati rice and chutneys. Savour and enjoy their food, the country air and the Hay Festival experience.