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The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell

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Quinno _ left this review about Bear Hotel

An impressively grandiose pub-cum-restaurant-cum-hotel situated in the centre of picturesque Crickhowell, which is a 15th century coaching inn (see the ‘Post Horses’ sign above the entrance to the arched passageway). Whitewashed exterior with black trim and some nice frosted glasswork in the doors. I was rather taken with the hand-painted pub sign, depicting a somewhat humanoid bear looking pleased with his fishing catch, having used rod rather than paw. Inside holds a large, multi-roomed and rambling interior with plenty of cosily traditional touches such as original ceiling beams, raging log fire, parquet flooring, rugs, cigarette card collections, pewter tankard collection, wood panelling and a rather lovely grandfather clock. Four ales; 2xWye Valley, Box Steam Derail and Brains Revd James, plus a range of bottled Welsh ciders and an impressive single malt collection. The ales we tried came out well. Many of the rooms were set for dining but there were still plenty of places to sit and drink. Child and dog friendly. A point of interest was the abundance of geriatric staff. If you’re down this neck of the woods this well-worth diverting to.

On 15th February 2014 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Bear Hotel

A large and imposing pub/restaurant/hotel at the top of the High Street. Inside there’s three different bars areas as well as a separate restaurant. The left hand bar also looked to be geared up mostly for eating, and there was a plusher snug beyond this. The two main, adjoining bars contained a mixture of diners and drinkers. There was a reserved table right in front the bar, but this seemed to be just for local drinkers. I thought this was a nice touch, I can imagine some of the locals may get fed up with not being able to get a seat thanks to all the tourists.

Although quite sizable, it still manages to retain a certain charm. There’s a parquet wood floor with a number of rugs, some exposed stone walls, a couple of old fireplaces, one of which had a fire going, an old grandfather clock, a unusual wood panelled back to the bar and plenty of old pewter jugs hung on the wall.

Although very busy on a recent Friday evening, there were plenty of staff and the service was quick and efficient. Food was a notch above your usual pub grub, but £10 got me a pleasant enough curry with some decent, tender pieces of chicken, a poppadom and some pickles.

Beers on tap were Rhymney’s Bitter, Henry’s IPA, Rev. James and Bass. The solitary cider was Kingston Press.

On 14th March 2011 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Abergavenny, 7.21 miles, 2 hr 19 min walk (show)
Ebbw Vale Town, 8.56 miles, 2 hr 45 min walk (show)
Ebbw Vale Parkway, 10.1 miles, 3 hr 14 min walk (show)
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15th Feb 2014, 22:27
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15th Feb 2014, 22:27
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 14 March 2011 by hondo .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 March 2011 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No - Bottled Welsh cider available - last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
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