Closed – for now

The Bear is closed for now but we are sustained by happy memories of good times with friends, and we look forward to the time when we can meet again.

The Bear Hotel – Coronavirus Precautions

Firstly, our thoughts go out to those around the world, who like us are affected by this unprecedented event.  We, along everybody else wish to express our appreciation to all those on the front line helping to fight this virus and keep us safe.

Here at the Bear, we are following the best government advice and going beyond to ensure the hotel environment is as clean as possible, regularly sanitising all surfaces within the hotel and encouraging the use of hand sanitiser which is provided for our guests.

The Bear has been a central feature of Crickhowell since 1432 and we are looking at all credible options available to us to ensure this remains the case, being here to support the community and our loyal staff and local suppliers who are at the heart and soul of our business.

Unless the government advises otherwise, we will remain open for business, taking all necessary precautions so customers may see some changes in the way we are operating.

Moving forward we are actively working on plans to be able to support those self-isolating, with more details coming very soon. If we can help anybody in our community please call or email us, we are here for you.

COMFORTING FOOD FOR UNSETTLED WEATHER

With the weather so changeable and the news no better, we have some comforting dishes for you at The Bear.  So if you are looking for places to eat in the Brecon Beacons, come to Crickhowell.

A new dish is crispy slow-cooked pork belly, cooked sous vide then crisped in the pan, accompanied by bread-crumbed pork cheek,  smoked macaroni cheese and wild garlic crumb.
Crispy Pork Belly

For meat fans, a new dish is crispy slow-cooked pork belly, cooked sous vide then crisped in the pan. This is accompanied by bread-crumbed pork cheek,  smoked macaroni cheese and wild garlic crumb.   There are also old favourites like lamb shank and soon-to-be new favourites like beef cheek.  Hearty meals for healthy appetites, with the reassurance that all our meat is sourced from Master Butcher Richards, just across the road.

For vegetarians, a new dish is a curry-roasted cauliflower, coriander cream sauce, jacket potato mash, crispy skins and a curried beetroot crumb.

For vegetarians, a new dish is a curry-roasted cauliflower, coriander cream sauce, jacket potato mash, crispy skins and a curried beetroot crumb.
Cauliflower colouring in the pan.

Our new Sous Chef, Trevor, says: “People want dishes with plenty of flavour and colour when the weather is like this, which is what we like to provide.”

You can choose whether to eat next to the log fire in our cosy bar, or in the refined atmosphere of our restaurant.

And with our 3-2 Special Offer (book two nights B+B and get the third with our compliments) there’s no need to drive, so you can enjoy a glass of wine, aromatic gin with Fever-Tree tonic or a real ale or two.

Right now, there’s no better place to stay in the Brecon Beacons than The Bear Hotel in Crickhowell.  Call 01873810408 to book your spring stay in Wales.

SPECIAL OFFER AT THE BEAR

SPECIAL OFFER AT THE BEAR. Treat yourself to a 3 day B&B break at the Bear in Crickhowell. Book any 2 nights before the end of May (excluding Easter or Bank Holidays) & get the third night with our compliments. Must be booked direct with hotel on 01873810408. #specialoffer

Best Walking Festival, Best Walkers’ Pub

Bear Walking Festival Blog

Come to Crickhowell for a fabulous week of walks and events, and eat and stay at the Best Walkers’ Pub in Wales.  Early March (7th-15th this year) sees the annual Crickhowell Walking Festival; 9 days of guided walks, talks and events in the beautiful Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.  And The Bear at Crickhowell is right at the heart of it; we were named Silver Medallist in the UK-Wide Walkers’ Pub of the Year 2019 competition run by The Great Outdoors Magazine, and the Best in Wales.  We are a venue for Walking Festival events, a luxurious place to stay and a stopping point for breakfast, lunch, dinner, real ale or gin and aromatic tonic.

The Crickhowell Walking Festival takes place in some of the finest countrysides in the UK

You can find details of the Walking Festival on their website: www.crickhowellfestival.com

There 84 walks and events in all with different grades of difficulty, ranging from One to Four Boots. 

  • As most of the walks take place on open mountain and moorland, appropriate clothing is required at all times.
  • This includes:- walking boots (not trainers), hat, gloves, warm clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers.
  • You will need to bring your own food and drink (preferably a hot drink for the 3 and 4 boot walks). The Bear offers packed lunches by arrangement.
  • You should carry a rucksack to put your spare clothing, food and drink and personal items in.

Don’t worry about boots at The Bear, we have hard floors, so they are not a problem, just try to wash them off as well as you can before you come in.  Your dog is welcome, too, we are very dog-friendly at The Bear.

We have hard floors, so dogs and boots are welcome.

If you want to come at other times of the year, The Bear is on the Eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, in the pretty town of Crickhowell.  We have the Black Mountains to our back and the Brecon Beacons in front of us.  We are at the head of a uniquely independent High Street, full of quirky, family-run businesses and winner of the Best High Street in the UK Award 2018.

We have three bars and two restaurants.  We have oak beams and real fires and we pride ourselves on our wide-ranging menu and speed of service if that is what you require (we won’t hurry you if you want a leisurely meal instead.) We also offer packed lunches by arrangement.

If you want to stay, we have 36 uniquely furnished rooms, some with four-poster beds and spa baths.  Dogs can stay in most rooms for a small extra charge. 

And you can start your day off with a hearty breakfast before venturing out on your organised walk.  We are serving a full breakfast each morning. Includes choice of cereals, fruit juice, fresh fruit salad, porridge, Greek yoghurt and fruit yoghurts to start followed by a freshly cooked breakfast from our extensive menu including Haddock, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or a full Welsh breakfast with bacon and sausages sourced from our local butcher FE Richards, just across the road. All this accompanied by fresh toast and croissants and Welsh preserves along with tea and coffee. Breakfast is complimentary for B+B guests and £12.95 per head for non-residents but  booking is essential by calling 01873 810408

So, we have it all one of the best Walking Festivals in the UK, one of the Best Walkers Pubs too: The Bear at Crickhowell.

Walking Festival Special Offer

WALKING FESTIVAL SPECIAL OFFER

Start your day off with a nice hearty breakfast before venturing out on your organised walk.
We are serving a full breakfast each morning. Includes choice of cereals, fruit juice, fresh fruit salad, porridge, Greek yoghurt and fruit yoghurts to start followed by a freshly cooked breakfast from our extensive menu including Haddock, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or a full Welsh breakfast with bacon and sausages sourced from our local butcher FE Richards. All this accompanied by fresh toast and croissants and Welsh preserves along with tea and coffee.
The cost is £12.95 per head and booking is essential by calling 01873 810408. Limited spaces.
We look forward to seeing you.

St Davids Day at The Bear

The Bear is a blaze of yellow for this St David’s Day weekend and we will have some special Welsh dishes on our Sunday dinner menu for the day itself, tomorrow.  #stdavidsday #crickhowellisopen #sundaylunch

Yellow floral decorations in The Bear
Daffodils outside the front of The Bear
A picture of The Bear surrounded by yellow flowers for St David's Day

IMPORTANT NOTICE

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Essential maintenance is taking place on Thursday 13 Feb in our courtyard. There will be no access to the car park between 10.30 and 4 pm. The gates will be closed. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. There is a pay and display car park in Crickhowell which is marked on the attached map.


Stargazing in the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons, home of The Bear at Crickhowell, is in an exclusive club as one of the few International Dark Skies Reserves in the world.

It means you can walk a few hundred metres from The Bear and, on a clear night, see the stars clearly. If you are visiting from a larger town of city, it is a sight to behold.

Read this article if you want to find out more and see some stunning starscapes. But before you do, book your room at The Bear on our contact page.