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“a creative treasure of a shop and cafe”

The Hours Cafe & Bookshop
Ranked #11 of 73 Restaurants in Brecon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, Soups
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Description: We are an independent Café & Bookshop located in the little wonky green Tudor building facing the library on Ship Street in Brecon. We serve breakfast from 10am-11.30am and then lunch from 12pm to app. 2-30pm though this is very flexible. We source as much produce locally as we can and everything is freshly prepared to order. We make our own homemade soups, stews, quiches and other tasty delights and have something to suit everyone's taste and pocket. We always offer soya milk, gluten free bread and cater for as wide a range of tastes and requirements as possible. Come along and say hello - a very warm welcome always waits at The Hours.
Reviewed November 24, 2013

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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Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

Quaint little store.
Nice little coffee shop eatery in the rear serving great sandwiches and soup ... On a cold day I would recommend the "hug in a mug" YUMMY

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Nicola B, Owner at The Hours Cafe & Bookshop, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

Many thanks for your lovely review - so glad you enjoyed your time with us!
One question though - what are the threatening signs?

Many thanks again and warm regards,

Nicky

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Reviewed October 24, 2013

I have visited The Hours many,many times, for coffees, teas, cakes, food and to buy books. And it is ALWAYS grand. The staff are so friendly and welcoming, nothing is too much trouble for them. The coffee is lovely, the food is wonderful, all freshly prepared (my faves include the egg and tuna salads, the homemade soups, the breakfast stack and the Raspberry Ruffle cake).
Great care with the bookshop side of the shop and the shelves are always beautifully presented, with a wide selection of genres and authors. Browsing actual books in a shop is such a pleasure, in these times of internet buying!
The Hours is the sort of place that fans of indie cafes and bookshops would dream of running, it's a credit to the hard work of the owners since opening that it has developed such a great reputation. And look out for the music / literature events held there throughout the year!

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Visited with a friend for coffee and cake and then a look round the exhibition upstairs. Very nice! The only disappointing thing was that I couldn't afford to buy all the artwork that I liked!

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

A little off my beaten track but I called into this café anyway as it had been recommended by a friend, Great food, coffee and a book to boot!! did not want to leave, a pleasant experience midway through my day.

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