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The Hours Cafe & Bookshop

) #12 of 57 Restaurants in Brecon ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Cafe, British,
15 Ship Street | Powys,, Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon LD3 9AD, Wales
+44 1874 622800
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  • Average2%
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Cafe, British, Welsh, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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15 Ship Street | Powys,, Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon LD3 9AD, Wales
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We called at The Hours during a break on a journey to north Wales and were so glad we did. Good coffee and a toasted tea cake plus a browse around the excellent selection of books made the stop very enjoyable. We'll be back.

Thank MN762
Reviewed 2 days ago

I always head for this gorgeous cafe/bookshop when I am in the area and it never lets me down. Dropped in last week with a friend who hadn't eaten there before and was blown away by our lunch. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and...More

Thank dizzysop
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is the perfect place to escape the touristy hustle and bustle of Brecon and while away an hour with a terribly good coffee and cake. With a wealth of interesting books to buy, this is a cultural and gastronomic gem not to be missed...More

Thank WoodlandDavies
Reviewed 6 days ago

Popped in for a breakfast of poached eggs with mushrooms this morning. It was absolutely delicious. My sister really enjoyed her crumpety joy! Great service and excellent value. Perfect coffee. I will definitely be returning to try some of the cakes or for lunch. Stopped...More

Thank HungryHazel99
Reviewed 6 days ago

I enjoyed and outstanding breakfast of 'Crumpety Joy' this morning and a coffee of two. Lovely warm welcome from the staff and very helpful. It was lovely then to browse the books and found an interesting, unique book on cycling. Just right for the holidays....More

Thank elslew
Reviewed 1 week ago

First visit to cafe, with my sister & husband. I was very disappointed was the food. It was very quiet & husband paid the bill at the till in cafe. We were then asked again twice about paying our bill. Not impressed at all.

2  Thank R P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent freshly made sandwiches and very good coffee. Dropped into thus very pleasant cafe for lunch and were made very welcome.

Thank WelshKnights77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of my favourite places to go in Brecon! Nicky and Lee have a great selection of books and a super little cafe with lovely sandwiches, salads, coffee and cakes. They're great at catering for vegetarians and vegans too. Can't recommend the place highly enough.

1  Thank cjbond60
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

An unusual place but lovely if you want a quiet chat. Lovely fresh cup of coffee and gorgeous home made cakes. Doesn't look much from outside dark and gloomy but interesting inside. Worth a visit.

Thank hotel212013
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

An absolute gem Well hidden away, and only found by chance. Lovely staff and the best cheese and pickle sandwich I've had (and I've had plenty)

Thank John C
Nicola B, Owner at The Hours Cafe & Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

Thank you.. Best magician we've ever had!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Ship Street | Powys,, Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon LD3 9AD, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Brecon Beacons National Park  >  Brecon
  • Phone Number: +44 1874 622800
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We are an independent Café & Bookshop located in the little wonky green Tudor building facing the library on Ship Street in Brecon. We serve breakfast from 10am-11.30am and then lunch from 12pm to app. 2-30pm though this is very flexible. We source as much produce locally as we can and everything is freshly prepared to order. We make our own homemade soups, stews, quiches and other tasty delights and have something to suit everyone's taste and pocket. We always offer soya milk, gluten free bread and cater for as wide a range of tastes and requirements as possible. Come along and say hello - a very warm welcome always waits at The Hours.
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