Two restaurants in the Powys have been chosen by Michelin chefs as some of the best in the UK for a cheap meal.

Sky News has a rolling best restaurants for cheap meals in the UK list which is updated weekly.

The places on the list are chosen by chefs at Michelin-starred restaurants from across the UK, with a new location added each week.

Explaining how the list works, Sky News said: "Throughout 2024 we're asking Michelin-starred chefs to pick their favourite cheap eats - a meal for two for less than £40 - in their part of the UK."

Two Powys restaurants chosen among UK's best for cheap meals by Michelin chefs

Restaurants from all over the UK feature on the best restaurants for cheap meals in the UK list.

There are two restaurants in Powys that feature on the list:

  • Daphnes - Presteigne
  • Hay Castle Cafe - Hay-on-Wye

Both these sites have been selected by head chef and owner of Michelin Green Star restaurant Chapters - also located in Hay-on-Wye - Mark Hugo.

Talking about his decision, Mr Hugo said: "Daphnes in Presteigne - they serve great pizza, delicious wines and brilliant seasonal salads and starters.

"Then, in the newly renovated Castle in the middle of Hay-on-Wye, the cafe there serves really great lunches - plus Sunday lunch in the winter months, and their breakfast is pretty good too.

"It is the perfect quick stop off with great service and tasty dishes."

Daphnes (Presteigne)

Address: 53 High St, Presteigne, LD8 2BE

Tripadvisor rating: 5 out of 5 (8 reviews)

One visitor to Daphnes, posting on Tripadvisor, commented: "Daphne's Presteigne - great food and atmosphere

"What a gem of a place! Colourful, flavoursome food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

"Delicious salad and authentic Naples-style pizza for lunch, they also do small batch cider which I'd recommend to everyone.

"Looked really busy and buzzy on Friday night - I'd guess this place is really popular with locals, so best to book in advance.

"Definitely worth checking out if you're visiting Presteigne, you'll be glad you did."

Hay Castle Cafe

Address: Hay Castle, Oxford Road, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DG

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5 out of 5 (57 reviews)

One visitor to the cafe, commenting on Tripadvisor, said: "Fit for a King!


"Had brunch here today. The cafe is inside the castle and is light and spacious with the bonus of allowing dogs inside it.

"The food was great quality and fairly priced. The bacon sandwich, bacon and pancakes, and the eggs on toast were all excellent as were the coffee and teas.

"A great option if looking for somewhere to eat in the town."