The Bear Hotel
On the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Bear Hotel is an idyllic hideaway for a weary traveller. With some of the finest Welsh countryside walks starting from the doorstep, the Bear is the perfect base for walkers, while its welcoming atmosphere, fantastic food and intimate interior make any stay a memorable one.
This historic former coaching inn dates back to 1432, and has a delightful cobbled forecourt, an archway into the inner courtyard and 19th century stagecoach timetable in the bar, as reminders of its significant past.
Effortlessly blending comfort and luxury, The Bear is just two and a half hours from London, less than a two-hour drive from Birmingham and under an hour from Cardiff. And if you’d rather arrive by rail, regular trains serve Abergavenny from the mainline hubs at Birmingham, Manchester, Newport and Cardiff.
The Bear offers a stunning selection of over 30 rooms, with choices to suit families, business travellers, couples and individuals alike. Rooms within the hotel and the renovated courtyard, which is alive with vibrantly coloured hanging baskets in summer, are individually furnished with carefully chosen fabrics and all modern comforts, whilst some feature luxurious touches such as whirlpool baths.
Food & Drink
The Bear’s restaurant is famous for its carefully chosen cuisine, and prides itself on utilising a wide array of locally sourced ingredients, to come up with some delicious seasonal dishes. Meanwhile, the award winning, cosy, low-beamed, dog-friendly bar is the social hub of the pretty little town of Crickhowell, especially in winter when a roaring log fire is the perfect riposte to a fantastically frosty Wales
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Meet the Chef
Head Chef of The Bear, Crickhowell Iain Sampson was named the best chef in Wales in 2010.
He began his career at The Ritz in London where he gained many skills in the trade. Iain’s menu offers a wide range of locally sourced ingredients, beautifully cooked to a very high standard to suit traditional tastes or those guests with an appetite for finer dining.
The Brecon Beacons have become a centre for top quality organic producers and artisan food makers and produce from many of them appear on The Bear’s imaginative menus.
Situated in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park and a stone’s throw away from the Black Mountains, The Bear Hotel is encircled by stunning scenery.
The vibrant, blooming inner courtyard provides the perfect, picturesque place to dine al fresco on the locally sourced, award-winning food.
Out & About
The Bear Hotel sits on the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the perfect idyllic getaway for travellers and walkers alike. The scenery is beautiful and diverse, with rugged yet rolling valleys, wild forests and spectacular lakes.
The beautiful ruins of Llanthony Priory are situated about half an hour’s drive away in the picturesque Vale of Ewyas and are all that remains of one of the greatest buildings of medieval Wales. The perfect spot to take the dog for a walk and soak up the serene scenery.
A trip to The Bear Hotel would not be complete without visiting the nearby Black Mountains, with remarkable views across the Wye Valley. There are walking routes for all abilities, a particularly popular route is Waun Fach, a linear route which offers walkers the chance to traverse the fine ridge of Y Grib.
Recommended Local Attractions
- Llanthony Priory – 35 mins
- The Brecon Beacons – 5 mins
- Black Mountains – 40 mins
- Crickhowell – on the doorstep
- Abergavenny – 15 mins
All timings denote typical journey time by car, unless specified otherwise.
With a charming atmosphere and characterful rooms, the inn is the perfect setting for a relaxing break with your four-legged friend.
There are 30 dog-friendly rooms at The Bear including Standard and Courtyard rooms and up to two dogs can stay at no additional cost, with no restriction on the size of your dog.
Your canine companion will be welcome anywhere apart from the formal restaurant but you can eat in the bar and still enjoy award-winning food. Even your pooch will be pampered with a serving of chicken for dinner!
T 01873 810 408
Map & Directions
Please click the map below for directions.
By car – for sat nav use NP8 1BW
Abergavenny Railway Station – 15 mins
Newport Railway Station – 45 mins
Hereford Railway Station – 45 mins
Cardiff Airport – 75 mins
Bristol Airport – 75 mins