Ten of the Best Brecon Beacons Cafes

Ten of Our Favourite Cafes in the Brecon Beacons

We’re lucky enough in the Brecon Beacons National Park to have towns that are not bombarded with the usual high street suspects of coffeeshop and cafe chains.  As a result of this, a variety of top quality independent food and drink hubs have emerged, serving great Welsh food and drink.  We have put together a round-up of some of our favourite cafes to visit when we fancy a quick cuppa or tasty snack.  We’d love to hear about your favourites in the comment section below.

1. Talgarth Mill, the Bakers Table.

There’s a real sense of community spirit when you eat at this café .  Visitors get a great insight to the rich, locally-produced foods made in the Brecon Beacons when viewing the menu.  Most foods come from within 30-miles of the café, including the wheat from a nearby farm which on arrival is milled into flour and baked into bread on site. Great quality food on the menu, including a really lovely leak and Black Mountains Smokery Smoked Cheddar bread.

2.  Pilgrims Tearoom, Brecon.

Set in the picturesque grounds of the Brecon Cathedral, Pilgrims is a café that is genuinely cherished by locals and visitors alike.  The fine, quality homemade foods served will make you jump up for seconds.   The charming varieties of foods go perfectly well with the feel-good setting.

3. Number 18 Bar & Café, Crickhowell.

Good quality coffee and cakes, ideal for a social catch-up. There’s a fine selection of delightful drinks that can be perfectly matched to each season.  The food menu showcases a great use of local foods.  Meals are served throughout the day from breakfast all the way through to dinner.  For the authentic Brecon Beacons food experience try the Welsh Laverbread Rarebit.

4. Booths Bookshop Café, Hay-on-Wye.

This café is a hidden gem in Hay-on-Wye, expect to eat some top quality cuisine, with some quite unique recipes.  The food will melt in your mouth and you’ll leave feeling very satisfied.  Enjoy an American style brunch or a high-class lunch, in a café that has an inspiring interior.

5. The Bridge Café, Brecon.

A quirky little venue that serves some authentic and rustic treats, in a casual and easy going atmosphere.  The café owners use their own vegetables  grown nearby, the food served is tasty and full of flavours.

6. The Hours Café and Bookshop, Brecon.
An intimate and relaxing setting, situated in a unique and traditional Brecon building. A Guardian journalist, who recently visited, quoted the café as “a place to stumble upon and cherish”.  There are some scrumptious sandwiches on the menu and some delicious cakes that balance a coffee or tea perfectly.

7.  West End Café. Llandovery.

Not really renowned for its quality food, but more for the atmosphere.  It’s a big stopping point for bikers.  This café could quite easily be the HQ of the Hells Angels of Wales on a busy Saturday and Sunday.  Great value for money and some nice homemade pies.

8. River Café, Glasbury-on-Wye.

Enjoy some fine dining or a laidback lunch on the picturesque banks of the river Wye.  The café has scored high praise from numerous restaurant critics including some very positive feedback from AA Gill.  Foods served include a hint of Mediterranean and some authentic Italian tastes, which seems quite suited for its waterside location.

9.  Talybont Drawbridge Café and Post Office.
The recently taken over café and shop is a prime stopping point in Talybont-on-Usk.  It has been transformed into a great social hub for the community and visitors alike.  A generous serving awaits you of hearty foods and drinks.  Also nice setting and with friendly staff.

10.  Ystradfellte Cafe (open from July 20th until September)
Near an area where visitors can have a nice day out strolling along rivers, waterfalls and viewing caves.  Visitors can now finish their day off with a well-deserved stop and bite at Ystradfellte Café.  An excellent selection of home cooked food awaits.

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10 Responses to Ten of the Best Brecon Beacons Cafes

  1. Andrew Morgan says:

    I dont know what its called but the cafe at cwmdu garage is the perfect spot to grab a breath on your way from crickhowell to talgarth it sould be on your list.

  2. Liz Matthews says:

    Would also suggest the Tea Room at Myddfai Village Visitor Centre where there is a great warm Welsh welcome and some lovely cake, if you are in Llandovery how about the cafe at the station also selling home made cakes etc.?

  3. Ian says:

    Don’t forget The Lounge in Brecon. Best coffee

  4. Cath Quarrell says:

    I can also recommend y Gegin Fach in the market arcade in Brecon.

  5. Sonja Davies says:

    Can’t believe Court Room Cafe Crickhowell isn’t on here Really lovely food and service.

  6. Thanks for putting this list together, helps whet the appetite! I haven’t been for ages but would recommend Shepherds in Hay.

  7. Don’t forget The Cafe @ YHA Danywenallt open Sat/Sun 12-5pm until September up near the Talybont reservoir, delicious coffee, fabulous Roast Dinner’s on Sunday’s, lovely baguettes and specials.

  8. sharon_on_wye says:

    Another is The Old Stables Tea Rooms in Hay-on-Wye with lovely tea, cakes and yummy preserves 🙂

  9. Tin says:

    I’m glad that the Baker’s Table at the Talgarth Mill is there. fabulous food every day and then absolutely spectacular guest chef evenings as well.

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