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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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Aberdare, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful homemade food, freshly prepared, I had the mushroom leek and Camembert quiche which came with new potatoes and salad , my partner had a humous and roasted vegetable sandwich followed by an amazing generous slice of apple , caramel and almond cake with cream (see photo) really delicious! Chose this cafe as it's dog friendly and now I've tasted... More 

Thank littleannie77
Wales, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the most amazing warm apple cake with cream and my husband had a delicious hot cross bun. The atmosphere was lively and the service was perfect, a real gem.

1 Thank SusanJane1111
Whitstable, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

On our way through Brecon (heading for Tregarron) we stopped for lunch. To our delight we found the Hours Café & Bookshop.... Quite small but what it lacked in size it made up for in excellent fayre and lovely staff. One has to tuck into their home made soup, the bowl mopped up by scrummy bread from the local bakery!... More 

1 Thank Tucson65
Swansea, United Kingdom
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175 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Called in by chance, on an impromptu visit to Brecon, it was a busy lunchtime, so, took the time whilst waiting for a free table, to browse the books and Art Exhibition upstairs. Lovely menu choices and all freshly prepared. I enjoyed the tuna, beetroot and egg salad, very tasty, whilst my daughter and son-in-law shared a humous and pitta... More 

1 Thank Brummiejean
London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Three of us had lunch - delicious quiche and organic salad followed by puddings. The staff are really friendly, the service swift and you sit amongst the bookshelves. Our group of 3 bought 2 books having spotted them on the shelves while eating. Upstairs there is an art exhibiting and the shop sells birthday cards and mugs. It's a perfect... More 

1 Thank Annabel B
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Always consistent, lovely home cooked food and cakes, chilled out place and two nice owners We don't go to any of the chain coffee shops anymore when you have quality on your door step

1 Thank TONY D
Cardiff, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

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 

3 Thank FiddleRhi
Bristol, United Kingdom
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227 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

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.

1 Thank AntoniaTrip
Oxfordshire, England
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84 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank YimYem
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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!!

2 Thank JD172660

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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, Takeout
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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