The Bear

“Quintessential market town coaching inn” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

CRICKHOWELL, POWYS

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Our View

This imposing white-painted inn, dating from the 15th century, has been run by the Hindmarsh family for over 40 years. The rug-strewn, antique-laden bar offers sandwiches and baguettes on top of the main menu, and Welsh real ales take the lead at the pumps. Alternatively, dine in the original D Restaurant, intimately dressed with linen and fresh cut flowers, or at a table in the restored former kitchen. Head chef Padrig Jones makes good use of local Welsh produce, as in a starter of Welsh rarebit on toasted ciabatta with watercress salad, followed by home-made faggots with onion gravy; or Cornish fish pie. For vegetarians, perhaps Melanzane di Parmigianna. Finish with sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce and rich clotted cream.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The Bear
Brecon Road, CRICKHOWELL, NP8 1BW
Phone : 01873 810408

Features

Children
  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
Facilities
  • Free Wifi
  • Garden
Food and Drink
  • Wide selection of Ales

About the area

Discover Powys

The largest unitary authority in Wales, Powys covers an area of approximately 2,000 square miles. Much of that is mountainous because it actually has the lowest population density of all the Welsh counties.

This much wild, empty space is perhaps best typified by the International Dark Sky Reserve in the Brecon Beacons National Park, one of only eleven in the world. The absence of light pollution creates an exceptional spot for star gazing. You won’t find any cities in Powys, just villages and smaller-sized towns, but that’s the way its inhabitants like it. 

Newtown, the largest settlement, is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of Robert Owen, the founder of the Co-operative movement. Brecon is a market town set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, while the pretty Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells boasts the National Cycle Collection. Elsewhere, Hay-on-Wye hosts a major literary festival every year.

Powys is liberally scattered with castles, burial mounds, hill forts, and other historic markers; Powis Castle, near Welshpool is probably one of the most impressive. And for walking enthusiasts, it’s not just the Brecon Beacons on offer – the Elan Valley describes itself as the ‘Welsh Lake District’.

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