The Bear

“Vibrant modern cooking in a medieval coaching inn” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

CRICKHOWELL, POWYS

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Our View

The Bear goes back 500 years, as its ancient oak beams and stones testify. The food, though, is right up-to-date, borne out by a menu offering a duck liver, Armagnac parfait and red onion marmalade starter; a main of Welsh lamb rump, garlic mash and green beans; and apple and frangipane tart with pistachio ice cream.

The Bear
High Street,CRICKHOWELL,NP8 1BW
Phone : 01873 810408

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: false
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 45
  • Wines over £30: 6
  • Wines by the glass: 10
  • Cuisine style: Modern British, International

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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