Oh the joy of a good cup of coffee whilst you tap away at your laptop, read, or chat with friends in a warm, welcoming coffee shop. One that has fabulous food and drinks that aren’t ridiculously overpriced; that’s buzzing, but not too busy, with nice background music that you don’t have to shout over. It needs to have great service and you shouldn’t feel rushed. It’s an elusive Utopia, but I’ve finally discovered such a perfect haven.

‘The Hours’ is an independent coffee and book shop which, in the short time that it’s been open, has proved itself a real asset to Brecon. It’s coffee and cakes are divine [I can particularly recommend the banana muffins!] and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.

Adding a bookshop to the cafe is an absolutely brilliant idea: they’ve a beautiful selection of hand-picked books, including a children’s section, local history and some gorgeous cookery books –they’re the sort of books that I actually lust after.

And ‘The Hours’ has yet something else to recommend it: the staff organise several special events every month, and seem especially keen to encourage writers and writing workshops. My family are regulars on the first Thursday of the month at 4pm when the wonderful storyteller Marion Oughton [http://storyteller-marion.blogspot.com/] visits to entertain children and adults alike with her fantastic tales.

‘The Hours’ really has made itself an invaluable part of the community in Brecon very quickly; it’s wonderful to see it pleasantly busy every time I go in there, it really does deserve all its success.

‘The Hours Café and Bookshop’ can be found at

15 Ship Street,




Leigh and Nicky, the owners, are on Twitter as http://twitter.com/#!/thehoursbrecon