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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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HAVE YOU LIT YOUR FIRES YET? / 12 Sep

Have you lit your first log fire of autumn yet? We haven’t but the logs are ready! #openfires #logfire #autumn

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ABERGAVENNY FOOD FESTIVAL / 04 Sep

Are you going to the Abergavenny Food Festival – it’s an easy bus ride from The Bear. Here’s a link and a bus timetable to get you back to in time for dinner (if you have any room!) Abergavenny Food Festival

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WHAT’S ON IN SEPTEMBER / 31 Aug

September is a splendid month in and around The Bear – with the Crickhowell Walking Weekend and the Abergavenny Food Festival.   Here are some useful links: http://www.crickhowellfestival.com/ https://breconbeacons.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/whats-on-this-september/    

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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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THE EASIEST OF WALKS – NEAR THE BEAR / 23 Aug

The walking around The Bear us stunning – but it doesn’t all have to be strenuous. The Monmouth and Brecon Canal runs a mile from our door, high on the side of the Usk Valley – offering level walking and wonderful views of Crickhowell. Here’s a guide.   https://breconbeacons.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/the-monmouthshire-and-brecon-canal-by-the-canal-and-river-trust/   #bankholiday #walkstopubs

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GREEN BEAR! / 12 Aug

Welcome Green Man! The Bear has gone green in honour of The Green Man Festival. #greenmanfestival #crickhowell Green Man Festival Totally Locally Crickhowell#breconbeacons Brecon Beacons National Park The Great Inns of Britain Welsh Rarebits Collection  

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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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Cwtch up at The Bear / 30 Jul

We’ve refurbished the comfy areas in The Bear, so now there are more places to Cwtch (cuddle) up!

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60 Great Things to do this summer / Jul

The Brecon Beacons are 60 years old – so they have created a list of 60 great things you can do to celebrate. 60 Things To Do in the Brecon Beacons

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VACANCY AT THE BEAR / 14 Jul

WE ARE RECRUITING: Chef de Partie required Full Time Good rates of pay Accommodation if required CVs to lynda@bearhotel.co.uk

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THE HANGING BASKETS ARE UP AT THE BEAR / 20 Jun

They look beautiful and smell great, too.      

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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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IDEAS FOR THE HALF TERM BREAK / 28 May

Looking for ideas for what to do over half term? – click on this link! https://breconbeacons.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/summer-half-term-events-in-the-brecon-beacons/    

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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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CULTURE IN CRICKHOWELL / 21 May

Another date for your diaries … the Crickhowell Art Trail. You can see a video here And find more details here    

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THE BEAR IN BLOOM / May

The Crickhowell Open Gardens weekend is just around the corner and The Bear gardeners are gearing up. Mrs H’s private garden to the rear of The Bear opens every year and raises money for local charities. Here are some pictures from previous years to whet the appetite.   

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WORK WITH US! / 10 May

FULL TIME JUNIOR SOUS CHEF An opportunity has arisen in our award winning kitchen for a Junior Sous Chef to join our brigade. We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual with a passion for freshly cooked food. Excellent salary and live in available if required

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BLUEBELL WOODS NEAR THE BEAR / 18 Apr

The Bluebells are in full bloom – and one of the best bluebell woods in the Brecon Beacons is just up the road from The Bear. Here’s a handy guide. Our Top Bluebell Walks in the Brecon Beacons This is what Crickhowell’ “Bluebell Wood” looked like last year.

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EASTER WEEKEND AT THE BEAR / 11 Apr

The Bear will be open right across the Easter Weekend (as you would expect) offering the same warm welcome it has since 1432. On Easter Sunday we’ll have a Sunday Roast menu and Easter Specials available on the day. Perfect for a walk in the beautiful Brecon Beacons or Black Mountains before a pub lunch […]

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HAPPY EASTER HOLIDAYS FROM THE BEAR / 08 Apr

The Easter Holidays are here and the famous dresser in the main bar at The Bear has been decorated for Easter.  Come see for yourself.

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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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DOG FRIENDLY WALKS / 12 Mar

The best dog friendly walks start and finish at The Bear.  Click on the link below for some great ideas #dogfriendly https://breconbeacons.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/dog-friendly-brecon-beacons/

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FLY FISHING WITH JUSTIN / 10 Mar

The Bear’s resident fly fishing expert, Justin Connolly, has some sage advice about catch and release when fishing Crickhowell’s River Usk.

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MOTHERS DAY AT THE BEAR / 07 Mar

We are fully booked for Mothers Day lunch at The Bear but still have some availability in the evening. There’s a new healthy option on the Specials Board every day and we have vouchers available – so if you can’t join us on the day, you can always bring Mum later.

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FLY FISHING FROM THE BEAR / Mar

The fly fishing season is open and The Bear’s resident Ghillie, Justin Connolly, is standing by to take you to the best spots.

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SPRING FLOWERS AT THE BEAR / 06 Mar

Spring has arrived – in the Bear’s flower borders at least! We just need the weather to follow now! www.bearhotel.co.uk #spring #flowers #breconbeacons

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HAPPY ST DAVID’S DAY FROM THE BEAR / 01 Mar

Happy St David’s Day from The Bear at Crickhowell.  The Building has been flooded with daffodils and Welsh Cawl is on the menu. #DewiSant #StDavidsDay #Wales #WelshWednesday #CaruCymru #ThisIsWales Welsh Rarebits Collection

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PANCAKE DAY AT THE BEAR / 27 Feb

Pancake day at The Bear – with Junior Sous Chef, Raymond. Lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, chocolate sauce – delicious #pancakeday #pancakes #shrovetuesday The Great Inns of Britain Welsh Rarebits Collection +2

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CRICKHOWELL WALKING FESTIVAL 2017 / 21 Feb

THE Walking Festival runs for 10 days from February 25th to March 5th.  There are walks, talks and lots to do – including eating, drinking and snuggling up next to the fires at The Bear. Follow this link for their programme http://www.crickhowellfestival.com/ #breconbeacons @thegreatinnsofbritain @welshrarebits

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY / 14 Feb

Happy Valentines Day from The Bear!  

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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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Stunning Walking Weather / 02 Jan

The weather has been superb for walking near The Bear.  These pictures were taken on Bwlch Mountain, overlooking the Usk Valley.  

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FOOD SERVICE OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON / 28 Nov

Please make a note for Christmas …these are the times we’ll be serving food over the Festive Period.   Normal hours apart from Christmas Eve – Lunch 12-14.30 and 17.30 – 21.30 ONLY Christmas Day – Lunch drink service only, no food NYE – 12.00 – 14.30 and 18.00 – 22.00   We look forward […]

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REAL ALES AT THE BEAR THIS WEEK / 03 Nov

Real Ales at The Bear this week Ringwood Fortyniner 4.9% Wychwood Wickerman 5.2% Marstons Empire 5.7% Robinsons Red ‘n’ Black 5.8% #realales #beer

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WIN A STAY FOR FREE / 02 Nov

Would you like to stay in one of our luxurious feature rooms for free? – click on this link for our Autumn competition with The Great Inns of Britain https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatInns/photos/a.136610849693707.16481.121129607908498/1232823646739083/?type=3

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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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REFURBISHED RECEPTION FOR THE BEAR / 20 Oct

The reception at The Bear – your first contact with the hotel – has been refurbished.  Sue’s happy.

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REAL ALES AT THE BEAR THIS WEEK / 10 Oct

#realales at The Bear this week On now: Jennings Brothers Sneck Lifter 5.1% ABV To Follow: Marstons Empire 5.7ABV Greene King Abbot Ale 5% ABV BAA Brewery 2 Bridges 4.5% ABV Greene King IPA Reserve 5.4% ABV

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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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TEMPORARY RECEPTION / 03 Oct

It’s business as usual at The Bear – despite the old reception area being refurbished. Ashley and Simone (and Sue of course) are staffing a temporary reception area in the restaurant …we look forward to helping you.

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REAL ALES COMING TO THE BEAR / 02 Oct

Real Ales coming to The Bear: Wadworths Bishops Tipple 5% Cwm Rhondda Ales ‘Boyo’ 4.5% Rhymney Export 5% #beer #realale #camra  

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RECEPTION REFURBISHMENT / 29 Sep

The Bear reception, your first welcome to the hotel, will be getting a makeover over the next couple of weeks – but it will be business as usual as our friendly receptionists Sue, Simone and Ashley will move next door until the work is done.

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GUIDE TO THE CRICKHOWELL LITERARY FESTIVAL OCTOBER 1ST-9TH / Sep

There’s something for everyone at the Crickhowell Literary Festival – and here’s a handy guide. Guide to Crickhowell Literary Festival    

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CHRISTMAS FUNCTION MENU 2016 / 17 Sep

Where better to hold your Christmas party than in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of The Bear – in one of our function rooms or snuggled up next to a real fire. Here’s our Christmas Function Menu for 2016.  

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AUTUMN WALKING FROM THE BEAR / 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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GREENING UP THE BEAR FOR GREEN MAN / 12 Aug

We’re greening up The Bear for the As the first festival goers start arriving this week, The Bear’s lovely floral displays have changed colour. And keep your eyes open for more verdant changes as Crickhowell gets in Green Man mood.

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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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NEWLY REFURBISHED ROOM 38 / 17 Jul

The refurbishment of room 38 is complete – and doesn’t it look lovely? Room 38 is a small standard room, but as you can see there’s plenty of space – ideal for the weary business traveller. Please visit our website to book. The Bear has a rolling programme of refurbishing its rooms, keeping traditional styles […]

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PIMM’S AT THE BEAR / 14 Jul

What could be nicer when the sun is shining than a glass of freshly made Pimm’s and lemonade in The Bear’s beautiful gardens? Available by the glass or the jug – enjoy!               #pimms #pimmsandlemonade #pubgarden The Great Inns of Britain Wales in Style #breconbeacons

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THE BEAR IN BLOOM / 02 Jul

ll the hanging baskets are out and The Bear is in bloom. It’s been a huge task for Billy and the other handymen, but all the floral displays are now out – on the front of The Bear, in the gardens, up Standard Street and around the courtyard. Come and see and smell them for […]

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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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MRS H’S GARDEN – OPEN ONE WEEKEND A YEAR / 12 Jun

Once a year, Mrs H – co-owner of The Bear – opens her private garden at the rear of the hotel to the public. It’s part of the Crickhowell Open Gardens Scheme, which runs every year – unsually at the beginning of June.  Mrs H (now in her 90s) is helped by the gardeners at […]

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CRICKHOWELL OPEN GARDENS / 09 Jun

Come to Crickhowell this weekend and you will be in for a real treat. 20 of the finest gardens – including Mrs H’s private garden at The Bear – will be open to visitors between 11am and 5pm on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June. All we can say is, if you like these sneek […]

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ONLY THE FRESHEST HERBS FOR THE BEAR’S KITCHENS / 02 Jun

Now you can’t get more locally sourced than this! The Bear’s gardeners, Gail and Clair have recreated the herb garden to provide fresh herbs for the kitchens. There are fresh Chives and Chive flower heads for decorating salads, Lemon Thyme for fish dishes and violas for decorating desserts. Mrs H’s Garden – including the herb […]

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BUNTING AT THE BEAR / 31 May

The Bear is a blaze of red, white, blue and green in honour of The Queen’s 90th Birthday. We’ve joined the rest of Crickhowell in creating a splash of colour for the Royal occasion. #thequeenat90 #happybirthday          

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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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HALF TERM IN THE BRECON BEACONS / 18 May

There’s plenty to do in the beautiful Brecon Beacons this half term – and all within easy reach of The Bear.  The National Park have produced this handy guide. Things to do this Spring Half Term

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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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INTERIOR DESIGN AT THE BEAR / 02 May

Every room is indivdual at The Bear and we have a rolling programme of refurbishment.  This time, Room 9 is getting a makeover and the interior design  

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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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SPRING SUNSHINE IN THE BEAR’S GARDENS / 14 Apr

We’re enjoying some welcome sunshine and warmth today.  The tulips are almost open and they will brighten up the last of the narcissi Tete a Tete in the front wall.  We have chosen rockery (dwarf) tulips – Red Riding Hood, Johan Strauss, Oriental Beauty and Stresa.  A splash of red, pink, yellow and orange.  Amanda, […]

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SPRING MENUS AT THE BEAR / 06 Apr

Please visit our “Eat” page on this website to see our Spring Menus – or click below. Restaurant menu April 16 Bar Menu April 16 Afternoon Menu April 16  

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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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BRECON BEACONS VISITOR SURVEY / 22 Mar

We love the Brecon Beacons and we’d love to know what you think of them too.  So, The Bear is supporting Brecon Beacons National Park in a survey they are running over Easter and until March 2017. The survey is based on face-to-face interviews on-site and an on-line survey which will be available at: www.breconbeaconssurvey.co.uk […]

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POETRY IN CRICKHOWELL / Mar

Poetry fan?  Come and see the renowned poet, Carol Ann Duffy’s Shore to Shore Tour at Crickhowell’s independent bookshop Book-Ish on June 23rd, 7.30PM

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Easter – something to do whatever the weather! / 18 Mar

Easter is fast approaching and if you are looking for ideas to entertain the kids, look no further than this blog by Brecon Beacons Tourism. Many of these ideas are within easy reach of The Bear.   Easter in the Brecon Beacons-Things to do Whatever the Weather!

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YEAR OF ADVENTURE / 11 Mar

It’s the Year of Adventure in the Brecon Beacons and Visit Wales have come up with this great guide to family activities in this beautiful part of the world. Family Adventure Guide @VisitBeacons #WalesAdventure #EpicBeacons #BreconBeacons

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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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ST DAVID’S DAY AT THE BEAR / 28 Feb

The Bear is a blaze of yellow for St David’s Day. Come and dine among the flowers and try a bowl of our delicious traditional Welsh Cawl.   

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Guest Ales at The Bear / Feb

On at the moment is Timothy Taylor Landlord 4.3% ABV Being followed by: Moorland Old Speckled Hen 4.5% ABV Bullmastiff SOB 6.0% ABV Bullmastiff Special Reserve 6.5% ABV

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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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CRICKHOWELL WALKING FESTIVAL / 12 Feb

Crickhowell Walking Festival is just a few weeks away – with 9 days of guided walks around Crickhowell and the beautiful Black Mountains. Book yourself on a walk and get 20 per cent off a room at The Bear. We’re dog friendly so you can bring your pet too. More details at http://www.crickhowellfestival.com/‪#‎walking‬‪#‎crickhowell‬‪#‎dogwalking‬‪#‎hiking‬‪#‎outdoors‬Crickhowell 365 @totallylocallycrickhowell […]

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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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Fly Fishing near The Bear / 05 Feb

Some of the best fly fishing in the UK is to be found near The Bear and we have just the man to show it to you.  Professional Game Angling Instructor, Justin Connolly, of Justfishin.co.uk is a friend of The Bear and has access to fishing along the Rivers Usk and Wye.  If you stay […]

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BEAR BEERS – REAL ALES, GUEST BEERS / 07 Feb

On now: Bullmastiff Welsh Pride 4.6% ABV and Bullmastiff Special Reserve 6.5% ABV Next 2 on are: Bullmastiff Welsh Red 5.8% ABV (for the rugby!) and Wadworths Old Timer 5.8% ABV

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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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BEERS AT THE BEAR / 02 Feb

Guest beers at The Bear: Crystal Wheat Beer 6% ABV on now: To be followed by: Wadsworth Bishops Tipple 5% ABV Then: Bullmastiff Special Reserve 6.5% ABV 7 Steps to Play Baccarat Online

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Beers at The Bear / 15 Oct

Guest Ales at The Bear Crystal Wheat Beer 6% ABV on now. To be followed by: Wadsworth Bishops Tipple 5% ABV Then: Bullmastiff Special Reserve 6.5% ABV    

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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 WALKS TO AND FROM THE BEAR / 20 Dec

WORK UP AN APPETITE OR WORK OFF THE EXCESSES… YOUR CHOICE! The Bear is such a great place – superbly situated to allow you to work up an appetite for a Christmas meal or (if after the event) to work off the excesses! My favourite way of doing this is by walking… and one of […]

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CHRISTMAS CAROLS IN THE BAR / 22 Dec

There was a fantastic Christmassy feeling in The Bear’s main bar last night when Crickhowell Choral Society dropped in.  Thank you to them and to Bear local Kevin Walker for these pictures.  

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GUEST ALES AT THE BEAR DECEMBER 19TH / 20 Dec

Abbot Reserve 6.5 ABV just put on to be followed by Sharpe’s Nadelik 4.8 ABV.

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Christmas Opening Times / 30 Nov

CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES AT THE BEAR The Bear Hotel offers food, drink and a warm and friendly atmosphere right across the Festive Season with the exception of the following: CHRISTMAS EVE Food until 2pm, bar closes to non-residents at 3pm, reopens for all at 6pm CHRISTMAS DAY Lunchtime drinks only NEW YEAR’S EVE Food until […]

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Christmas Dinner at The Bear / 05 Dec

The Bear is serving traditional Christmas dinner in The Bar right the way through til the big day. Usk Valley turkey with all the trimmings, sprouts in creme fraiche, crispy potatoes cooked in duck fat, forcemeat stuffing and Christmas pudding with brandy sauce – why wait! The turkey in our traditional Christmas dinner won a […]

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Wines for your Christmas Dinner / 14 Dec

We asked The Bear’s Bar Manager, Roger Francis, to recommend wines for Christmas Dinner. Here are his choices. For red meats, Trinity Hill Syrah, Hawks Bay, New Zealand – blackberry, spice and peppery notes. For poultry, Martin Codax Albarino, Galicia, Spain – Zesty passion fruit, pear and citrus aromas. For fish, Omrah Unoaked Chardonnay, Australia […]

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Guest Ales at The Bear / Dec

If you love Real Ales, you’ll love these. Coming to The Bear’s Bar Charles Wells Winter Warmer 5%ABV aromas of nutty roast malts, caramel and dark fruits Greene King IPA reserve 5.4ABV citrus tones, dry bitter finish Sharpe’s Nadelik 4.8ABV piny hops and toffee nose Regimental IPA, 5%ABV an amber beer with a dry finish […]

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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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