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CRICKHOWELL HIGH STREET – BEST IN BRITAIN / 17 Nov

Crickhowell High Street, where The Bear stands, has been voted the Best High Street in Britain in the 2018 Great British High Street Awards.  Come and enjoy the range of uniquely independent shops, followed by a meal at The Bear of Course. Here is what the judges said: CRICKHOWELL HIGH STREET CROWNED ‘UK’S BEST’ IN […]

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CHRISTMAS IN THE BRECON BEACONS / 04 Nov

There’s so much to do and see in the Brecon Beacons around Christmas.  Here’s a handy guide. Christmas in the Brecon Beacons  

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WHAT’S ON IN THE BRECON BEACONS IN NOVEMBER / 31 Oct

There’s plenty to entertain you in the Brecon Beacons if you want to get away in November. Here’s a helpful blog from our colleagues at Brecon Beacons Tourism: What’s on this November?      

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THE BEAR’S CHRISTMAS FUNCTION MENU / 27 Oct

The atmosphere at The Bear is really special at Christmas. Please call reception on 01873810408 to book your Christmas Party.

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PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT / 17 Nov

The perfect gift This Christmas – a voucher for a meal or a stay at The Bear. Available from reception on 01873810408 or info@bearhotel.co.uk

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REAL ALES COMING ON AT THE BEAR / 26 Oct

The following real ales are coming on at The Bear and will be changed as the casks run dry …enjoy! Morland Old Speckled Hen 4.5% ABV followed by Wadsworth Farmers Glory 4.4% ABV Grey Trees Afghan Pale Ale 5.4% ABV Gower Shipwreck 5.1% ABV Grey Trees Chinookan VPA 4.2% ABV @RealAleCymru @RealAleFinder #RealAle #Beer  

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POST CHRISTMAS WALKS / 26 Dec

Some great post-Christmas walks near The Bear #crickhowell #christmaswalks #winterwalks #walktoapub https://breconbeacons.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/boxing-day-walks-2/

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He skipped school to work in top kitchens – now he’s Head Chef at The Bear. / 19 Oct

His name is Padrig, but everyone calls him “Paj”. He had an “infamous row” with the great chef Marco Pierre White over two pike. He used to run the Welsh Restaurant of the Year, and he says, “French cooking is in my blood.” He is the new Head Chef at The Bear Hotel in Crickhowell. […]

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FRIDAY FLOWER DAY / 16 Mar

Friday is flower day at The Bear, when our arranger, Andrea comes in to change the blooms throughout the hotel. Today it is lillies and tulips bringing splashes of white and yellow to the bars and restaurants. Andrea says “we use whatever is in season but like to go for bold, solid colours, so there […]

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GOOD PUB GUIDE 2018 – WE ARE IN! / 20 Feb

WE’RE IN! CLICK ON THE LINK TO READ THE ARTICLE https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/welsh-pubs-good-pub-guide-13585861  

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AUTUMN WALKING NEAR THE BEAR / 18 Sep

The autumn colours are just beginning to show near The Bear …here’s a handy guide. Best Autumn Walks in the Brecon Beacons  

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THE BRECON BEACONS – NUMBER 1 IN ROUGH GUIDES / 24 Aug

The Brecon Beacons National Park has been voted the number one desitination for stargazing by the Rough Guide series of travel books. Click on this link for the best places to go and watch the video below for more. Our beautiful featured photo is by Nigel Forster of Creative Photography Wales who offers great photography […]

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MOUNTAIN BIKE ROUTES NEAR THE BEAR / 10 Aug

Some of the best mountain bike routes in the Brecon Beacons are near The Bear.  Here’s a handy guide. Where to Go Mountain Biking in the Brecon Beacons National Park

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FESTIVALS NEAR THE BEAR / 29 May

There’s a summer of great festivals near The Bear.  We go green for Green Man in Crickhowell.   https://breconbeacons.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/summer-festival-guide/

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LEGENDARY WALKS NEAR THE BEAR / 24 May

It’s the Year of Legends in the Brecon Beacons and there are some fantastical walks near The Bear. Here’s one from Brecons National Park. http://www.breconbeacons.org/explore/about/stories_and_legends/black_cats_and_fairies  

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WILD PONIES / 23 May

Just one of the lovely walks close to The Bear – and the weather is set fair. The Great Inns of Britain Wales in Style Brecon Beacons Brecon Beacons National Park #Walking #crickhowell #llangorse #blackmountains #hillponies  

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WALKERS ARE WELCOME AT THE BEAR / 04 Apr

The walkers are welcome scheme joins towns with great walking across the UK.  Click on the link for the schemes operating across The Brecon Beacons – including lovely Crickhowell. Walkers are Welcome  

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FOUR GREAT WALKS NEAR THE BEAR / 14 Mar

Check out these four great walks – all on The Bear’s doorstep. http://www.tgomagazine.co.uk/inspiration-and-ideas/walk-ideas-exploring-four-quirky-hills-in-the-black-mountains/  

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THE BEAR SCOOPS AWARDS / 13 Mar

The Bear scoops wine and stay awards in the 2017 Good Pub Guide. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/welsh-pubs-top-awards-2017-11852674  

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TOP PLACES NEAR THE BEAR TO VIEW THE STARS / 05 Feb

The skies are forecast to clear later this week – perfect for a spot of star gazing.  Here’s a handy guide to the best places. Come and experience our dark skies

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AUTUMN COLOURS NEAR THE BEAR / 01 Nov

Simply stunning autumnal colours near The Bear at the moment. Just right for a bracing walk and a snuggle up next to our fire #walkstopubs #crickhowell #breconbeacons Brecon BeaconsThe Great Inns of BritainWales in Style

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TOP TEN PLACES TO GO STARGAZING NEAR THE BEAR / 31 Oct

The Brecon Beacons National Park is an International Dark Skies Reserve and a great place to go stargazing.  Here’s a guide to the top spots – make sure you pop in to warm up by our fires afterwards.   http://www.breconbeacons.org/stargazing-ten-places

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THE FIRE IS LIT AT THE BEAR / 09 Oct

The fire is lit in the bar at The Bear. #breconbeacons

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AUTUMN WALKING FROM THE BEAR / 17 Sep

By our Professional Hill Guide, Kevin Walker. September is a superb month for walking – without the heat of summer but often with clear skies and great visibility. Schools have gone back, so The Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons are less crowded.The Bear Hotel is a great base for exploring the fabulous scenery of the […]

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THE BEAR IS ONE OF THE TOP PUBS IN WALES – OFFICIAL / 08 Sep

We’re in The Good Pub Guide 2017 – as one of the top pubs in Wales. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/welsh-pubs-top-awards-2017-11852674

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A LOVELY WALK CLOSE TO THE BEAR / 28 Aug

This is a lovely guided walk not far from The Bear and the sun is due to come out this evening … Thanks to Brecon Beacons Tourism for the suggestion. #breconbeacons #crickhowell #dogfriendly #walktoapub   Walking in the Brecon Beacons

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A VISITOR’S GUIDE TO CRICKHOWELL / 16 Aug

All you need to know if you are visiting Crickhowell – by Brecon Beacons Tourism. ‪#‎crickhowell‬ ‪#‎greenmanfestival‬ Green Man Festival Our Guide on Where to shop and Where to Eat in Crickhowell

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WALK SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN / 03 Aug

The Sugarloaf is one of our favourate walks. It overlooks The Bear. Brecon Beacons Tourism have produced this handy guide which you can download as a PDF as well. They say Abergavenny is the nearest town – we say Crickhowell is the nicest! The Great Inns of Britain @WalesinStyle  

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A GUIDED WALK NEAR THE BEAR / 29 Jun

Here’s a wonderful guided walk not far from The Bear. Walking in the Brecon Beacons National Park

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ADVENTURE ON OUR DOORSTEP / 23 May

Fancy a little adventure? …click on the link!   https://breconbeacons.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/bwlch-with-altitude-challenge/

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GENTLE WALKS ALONG THE MON AND BREC CANAL / 19 May

The Monmouth and Brecon Canal is less than a mile from The Bear and offers gentle walks and beautiful views.  The National Park have produced this handy guides. #canal #monmouthandbreconcanal #easywalks #walkstopubs Getting Active on the Canal- Llangynidr to Pontymoile  

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CYCLE ACROSS THE BRECON BEACONS / 10 May

How’s this for an adventure – cycle across the Brecon Beacons!  Day 4 finishes at Crickhowell, so you can stop in at The Bear. https://breconbeacons.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/cycle-across-the-beacons/ via @wordpressdotcom

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BLOOMING LOVELY / 29 Apr

The Bluebells are in full bloom just up the road from The Bear – well worth a visit http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/4495/coed-cefn/

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A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO VISIT / 28 Apr

Llangorse Lake is well worth a visit if you are staying at The Bear. Here’s a helpful guide Our Guide to Llangorse and Bwlch  

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DOGS AT THE BEAR / 03 Apr

We are very dog friendly at The Bear: Dogs stay free. Every new arrival is given a bowl of chicken. Dogs are allowed everywhere apart from the restaurant. If people stay they can eat with their dog in the bars and we lay dog breakfast tables in the bar. The Bear is surrounded by the […]

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THE NORTHEN LIGHTS – IN WALES / 09 Mar

The Northern Lights have been seen over the Brecon Beacons.  Read more in this blog by Brecon Beacons National Parks and click here to find out more about the photoghrapher, Alyn Wallace. The Brecon Beacons Dark Skies   The Whole strives to supply System of Studies, programme, scholastic guidelines, textual textile, supporting substantial, enrichment activities and […]

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THE BEAR IN MICHELIN GUIDE / 18 Feb

We’re in The Michelin Guide again! http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/welsh-pubs-made-michelin-guide-10901200 The Bear Hotel Food: British traditional Where: Crickhowell What the guide says: The menu offers honest pub classics alongside more elaborate specials. bearhotel.co.uk Demanding, and friendly elders are available to usi does homework really help think of bar.

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ALL THE THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT CRICKHOWELL / 19 Feb

We really enjoyed this article … http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/fun-stuff/21-things-you-only-know-10908824#ICID=sharebar_facebook Uniqueness, special human dignity, the my link boundless potential of

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WE’RE A TOP RATED HOTEL – OFFICIAL / 12 Jan

The Bear has been honoured in the LateRooms.com Simply the Guest Awards 2016 by achieving the prestigious Top Rated status. The highly prized LateRooms.com Top Rated status rewards only the very best properties globally, highlighting exceptional hotel standards and service. To be awarded Top Rated status means that The Bear achieved a minimum review score […]

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GUIDE TO CRICKHOWELL / 04 Feb

Brecon Beacons have produced this helpful guide to our lovely town, Crickhowell. Our guide to Crickhowell    

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31 ADVENTURES YOU CAN HAVE IN THE BEAUTIFUL BRECON BEACONS / 03 Jan

Here’s a blog from Brecon Beacons Tourism which may tempt you here in 2016 – Wales’ “Year of Adventure” 31 Adventures you can have in the Brecon Beacons

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COME AND SEE THE STARS / 06 Jan

It looks like the night sky could be clearer next week – so a chance to do some stargazing. Here’s a blog from the Brecon Beacons to tell you all about it. https://breconbeacons.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/stargazing/ And here’s an amazing timelapse video to tempt you.    

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WALES IS NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 10 PLACES IN THE WORLD TO VISIT / 02 Jan

Wales is named one of the top 10 places in the world by Rough Guides – but we already knew that! http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2016-01-02/wales-named-in-top-10-countries-to-visit-in-the-world/

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Christmas shopping from The Bear / 11 Dec

The Bear is the perfect base for Christmas shopping.  Crickhowell is full of independent family run businesses and a mecca for food producers.  Check this guide – all within reach of The Bear Brecon Beacons Christmas food and drink gift guide

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Winter Walking from The Bear / 08 Nov

If you are a keen walker, the Bear is a great place to have as a base. Not only is it full of friendly locals, many of whom are keen walkers with an extensive knowledge of the area that they are more than happy to share, it is also right in the middle of some […]

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