WALKERS PUB OF THE YEAR – SILVER AWARD

We are thrilled to announce that The Bear has won the Silver Award in the UK-wide The Great Outdoors Walkers Pub of The Year category. And it’s a double celebration for Crickhowell, because Crickhowell Adventure just two doors away got the Independent Retailer Bronze Award. Happy New Year and thank you to everyone who voted for us.

FESTIVE OPENING HOURS 2019/20

Stephen and Samantha would like to wish all their customers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2020

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR OPENING HOURS AND FOOD SERVICE

                                                RESTAURANT                           BAR MEALS

TUESDAY          24th Dec            6.30pm to 9.30pm        X          12 noon to 9.30pm

WEDNESDAY     25th Dec            CLOSED FOR BOTH FOOD AND DRINKS

THURSDAY        26th Dec            6.30pm to 9.30pm        X          12 noon to 10pm

FRIDAY            27th Dec            6.30pm to 9.30pm        X          12 noon to 10pm

SATURDAY        28th Dec            6.30pm to 9.30pm        X          12 noon to 10pm

SUNDAY           29th Dec            12 noon to 2.30pm       X          12 noon to 9.30pm

MONDAY          30th Dec            6.30pm to 9.30pm        X          12 noon to 10.00pm

TUESDAY          31st Dec            GALA DINNER               X          12 noon to 2.15

                                                                                                6pm to 10pm

THE BAR WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 3PM AND 6PM ON NEW YEARS EVE TO ENABLE THE STAFF TO SET UP TABLES FOR THE EVENING FESTIVITIES.

WEDNESDAY     1st Jan               CLOSED                                    12 noon to 10pm

Gift Vouchers at The Bear.

Can’t decide what to buy that special person for Christmas? How about a voucher to spend on a meal or a stay at The Bear? They are available for any amount from reception or call 01873810408. #Giftvouchers#present#Christmas#Crickhowell

Good Dogs Welcome!

We love dogs at The Bear, but we are also well aware of the need for responsible dog ownership in the Brecon Beacons. Here’s a helpful article written by one of the National Park’s Ambassadors.

Gin of the Week

Gin of The Week at The Bear. This week: Whitley Neil Parma Violet Gin, served with lavender sprig, blackberries and Indian Fever-Tree Tonic. Delicious.

Real Ales at The Bear

On the guest pump, Gower Gold from the South Wales Coast. The brewers say: “t has refreshing citrus flavours and the lovely aroma of the cascade hops. Brewed since December 2011, this beer has become an all-round firm favourite. Gower Gold clocks in at 4.5% abv and is available all year round.” We say “delicious”. #gowergold #realale #thirstquenching

GINS AT THE BEAR – FULL LIST

Here’s the full list of Gins at The Bear.

A Bit Of History

Gin gets its name from the Dutch word for juniper, which is genever.

It is juniper that sets gin apart from all other types of spirits, as it is juniper that officially must be the predominant flavour for a spirit to be classified as gin. Gin, like so many things was originally produced as a medicine and this along with it’s pleasing taste made it high in demand.

Gin gained in popularity during the war, when British soldiers fighting on Dutch land were aided with “Dutch Courage” by drinking gin. When gin became more popular in the United Kingdom many produced their own at home as the distillation was so such a simple process and could be done almost anywhere.

It wasn’t until the 18th century in South America that tonic water also became known for its medical properties however the taste despite it health benefits was not pleasant. As a result, British colonies in India started adding gin to the tonic to improve the taste and add an extra kick and this was the birth of the Gin & Tonic.

 Unlike other spirits the range of botanicals and spices that can be used to enhance the flavour of Gin is still growing and for this reason Gin has become the most popular spirit in the United Kingdom.

So sit back and enjoy your choice from our varied selection of Gin’s here at The Bear Hotel.

GIN OF THE WEEK

One of our ‘Gins of the Week’

Every day is Gin Day at The Bear, and every week we will be featuring a different ‘Gin of the Week’ from our menu of 20 Welsh, exotic, botanical and aromatic gins from around the world.  Each featured Gin will be garnished to complement its unique taste and matched with a flavoured Fever-Tree tonic water.

The Gin of the Week feature is being introduced by our Assistant Manager, Williams Garcia.

The Gin of the Week feature is being introduced by our Assistant Manager, Williams Garcia, who has recently returned from a spell working for Tom Kerridge at the Hand and Flowers in Marlow, which is the only pub in the UK with two Michelin Stars.

While there, Williams picked up a taste for Gin and learned which garnishes go with which drink. “I would start at one end of the Gins and had to recite, in order, which garnish went with which Gin,” he said.  “If I forgot, I had to start again, at the beginning.  That made me learn them pretty quickly! “

Before Williams went there, he said he didn’t like Gin.  “But now it is my favourite drink.”  Gin is such a flexible drink, and there are so many aromatics which can flavour them.  The main one is juniper berry, but after that, you can use anything you please. You can use lemon, lime, orange, coriander, cucumber, cloves, cinnamon and many more flavours.”

Three of Williams’ favourite garnishes are dehydrated fruits, frozen fruits in ice cubes and cinnamon sticks, complimented by Fever-Tree tonic and finished with The Bear’s signature, a sprig of Rosemary. 

“The garnish is to enhance the flavour, not alter it too much, but also to enhance the experience.  Before you drink a drink, you want to feast your eyes on it, then you smell the garnishes, and then you drink it, the garnishes give you such a whole wonderful experience.”

Valentine’s Menu

If great food is the way to your Valentine’s Heart, then head for The Bear! Our Valentine’s Specials Menu is full of the food of love – sharing dishes, foods to give him or her ‘that loving feeling’. The Menu is available from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th of February. Call 01873810408
#valentines #crickhowell #foodoflove CRiC The Great Inns of Britain Welsh Rarebits Collection