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The Hours Cafe & Bookshop

15 Ship Street | Powys,, Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon LD3 9AD, Wales
+44 1874 622800
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Cafe, British, Welsh, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
15 Ship Street | Powys,, Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon LD3 9AD, Wales
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

We visited this cafe 3 days running due to a lack of wifi where we were staying. The staff are very helpful, the food and menu very good for a cafe, and there are old and new books to browse. Wish this cafe was in...More

Thank Ruth M
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Found this little gem on our last day in wales had a wonderful day, delicious Welsh cakes friendly staff friendly atmosphere, coffee was very good, I can only have decaffinated coffee and in many tea/coffee shops it is insipid and weak but here it was...More

Thank sukiesmum
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Good coffee, friendly staff, nice cakes and nice choice of food and a book shop to browse too simples

Thank telheath
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Came across this small cafe by accident, and it was love at first sight!! I love books and small cafes. Can't say anything about the food other than it looked good! The coffee was good though and the atmosphere wonderful. Don't miss it, book lovers...More

Thank Benjamuna
Reviewed 26 July 2017

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 26 July 2017

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 22 July 2017

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 22 July 2017

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 22 July 2017

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 21 July 2017

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.

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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, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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