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The Hours Cafe & Bookshop

) #11 of 58 Restaurants in Brecon $$ - $$$ Cafe, British,
15 Ship Street | Powys,, Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon LD3 9AD, Wales
+44 1874 622800
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  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cakes” (25 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Welsh, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
15 Ship Street | Powys,, Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon LD3 9AD, Wales
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An unusual place but lovely if you want a quiet chat. Lovely fresh cup of coffee and gorgeous home made cakes. Doesn't look much from outside dark and gloomy but interesting inside. Worth a visit.

Thank hotel212013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An absolute gem Well hidden away, and only found by chance. Lovely staff and the best cheese and pickle sandwich I've had (and I've had plenty)

Thank John C
Nicola B, Owner at The Hours Cafe & Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you.. Best magician we've ever had!

Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

I stumbled in this shop while I was having a stroll in Brecon. Initially I thought it was a souvenir shop, but once I entered I realised it is a teashop/ bookshop. It is a unique place a welcome change from the usual chain coffee...More

1  Thank urots
Reviewed 20 April 2017 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...More

1  Thank littleannie77
Reviewed 14 April 2017 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
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...More

1  Thank Tucson65
Reviewed 17 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...More

1  Thank Brummiejean
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...More

1  Thank Annabel B
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
Reviewed 26 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...More

4  Thank FiddleRhi
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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
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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
  • E-mail
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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