I often go to The Hours, as I like to support local independent businesses. And especially bookshops, as they struggle to survive in these days of cutprice, cut-throat supermarket and Amazon book sales. A visit to The Hours is always a pleasure. The range of books on sale is wide, there's always something interesting to buy, and in any case Leigh will always order a book for you. The food is freshly made and tasty: Nicky's warming soups and original sandwiches and salads are well worth the visit even if you don't want to buy a book. They and their staff are friendly and welcoming - and they don't seem to mind how long you sit reading their newspapers over your coffee. Since they opened The Hours, Leigh and Nicky have created a venue for events and groups - spoken word, music, visual arts and more - and without them the Brecon Women's Festival, the Brecon Arts Festival and the Klezmer Festival, to name just three, would not have taken place. I see them as creative, community-minded, generous people whose shop is a treasure and whose energy has revitalised Brecon. Thank you, Leigh and Nicky. Oh, and if you're a coeliac, you'll be very happy to know that there's always gluten-free bread available, and cake too, if I haven't already eaten it before you arrive!
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