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The Hours Cafe & Bookshop

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15 Ship Street | Powys,, Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon LD3 9AD, Wales
+44 1874 622800
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been meaning to get on tripadviser for ages just to review this place as I love it so much. For a long time I tried different cafes in the centre of Brecon but later discovered this place- Wish I had found it sooner. i frequent here on my lunch break when I'm in Brecon once a week. The shop... More 

Thank FiddleRhi
Bristol, United Kingdom
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221 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With a dog, it is very difficult to find an attractive, friendly cafe. We ate lunch here, the ladies were very friendly. I had the most delicious broccoli quiche, salad and new potatoes. Mr husband had a cheese sandwich on granary. Both were great. Super book shop to browse around also.

Thank AntoniaTrip
Oxfordshire, England
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We were really pleased to find a cafe that would allow the dogs in (it was a very chilly day and coffee and cake in the warm cafe was very welcome indeed). This cafe has 1 x dog friendly table so I guess it is just wise to ask before you go in (we did). It is a lovely independent... More 

1 Thank YimYem
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Went yesterday and had lunch. Lunch reasonably priced, the home made soup is to die for. Staff again are very accommodating. Dog friendly table near the front of the restaurant. Lovely!!

1 Thank JD172660
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Popped in to have a latte and browse the books - great staff and great selection of books - ordered some for Christmas. Always papers to read and fantastic art exhibition upstairs - often evening events too like poetry readings and more. Well worth a visit.

1 Thank Val M
Southampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Lovely hot Coffee and very tasty bakes to warm us up! Great setting surrounded by books and a gallery upstairs. Friendly welcome.

1 Thank KRH77
Bargoed, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We told a friend we were going up to Brecon on Saturday afternoon, and he recommended The Hours. It was easy to find, but we were dismayed to find that it had a step down into the shop. (I use a mobility scooter) One of the staff saw us looking at the step and offered to bring a ramp, which... More 

Thank Cath F
Brecon, United Kingdom
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196 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Had a brilliant visit here and the staff were very nice as were the cakes and coffee. Books to browse and family friendly

Thank NicCJ
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Called in for lunch caught it on a busy day. Staff welcoming and friendly. In some ways it is a limited menu but possibly enough variety to meet a wide range of diets (noticed some gluten free items). It was a cold day so took the only hot option of soup and sandwich, followed by hot chocolate and warmed tart... More 

Thank Ysbryd
Wales, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

All the food is delicious, freshly cooked with good ingredients. Highly recommend the soups, the cakes and the hot chocolate. The staff is all friendly, and the eclectic selection of books is clearly chosen by someone who knows their literature. There's an interesting choice of books on Welsh topics, and some funky cloth bags on sale. Upstairs is very quirky... More 

Thank CatCymru6

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Soups, Welsh, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Cheap Eats, 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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?