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Full Postal AddressBear Hotel, High Street, CRICKHOWELL, NP8 1BW [Map]
Telephone Number01873 810408Pub's Own Websitehttp://www.bearhotel.co.uk/ 
Opening Times11-15, 18-23 MO-SA; 12-15, 19-22:30 SU
FacilitiesAccommodation, Car Park, Evening Meals, Real Fire, Beer Garden, Lunchtime Meals, Quiet Bar

Strictly speaking a hotel these days but with a very friendly and welcoming bar. The building dates back to the 15th century when it was an important coaching in for the main road east towards London. Even today, a few steps from the front door traffic seemingly incessantly flows along the main A40. I'd passed it a couple of times before I realised that I should venture in to this fine establishment to taste the excellent ales on offer. This was one of the first pubs that I had recommended to me on this website way back at the end of the last century and it took a little time for me to organise myself to pay it a visit whilst. Very glad that I did and I quickly saw why this pub has won several awards.

The exterior of the pub during the summer months is adorned with anm impressive display of hanging baskets. Equally the garden to the rear is a real oasis where you can enjoy some food, drink and good conversation. The interior is equally impressive but in a historic sense, with low beams, old settled, several open fire places and lots of antiques. Five real ales are usually available - I went for the Brains Reverand James (abv 4.5), a moreish ale oozing with fruit and malt flavours. It went down well on a cold winter's night.

An excellent range of bar meals and more substantial options in the restaurant are served at lunchtime and during the evening. Lots of local produce available, from local sausages to fillets of Welsh Black Beef. Accommodation is also available, a bit beyond my budget, but I hear that the rooms are well-appointed and each is decorated in it's own individual style.

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