Great places to eat in Brecon


Brecon Cottages' Blog

Being a lover of good food I have frequented a few places in Brecon over the years and thought it was about time that a little write up was done on where is good to eat in the town. If you have been to some places in Brecon, we’d love to know about it, although we live in the area it’s always great when we have recommendations and find a new hidden gem.

Here are my top picks:

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Casa Café:

Good for: Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch

Type of food: Mixed-Healthy, Italian, American

Location: St Mary’s Street (behind St Mary’s Church in the center of Brecon)

Casa’s Café is one of my faves, and when I go in there its not often I don’t see predominantly local faces, which is always a good sign.

The food is a mix of Mediterranean, American and Italian, with a few healthy smoothies and…

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NEWS FLASH! New shower in the carriage!

So maybe not that exciting… but a definite theme was emerging in the lovely comments left on Canopy and Stars, so even though it’s off grid and, arguably, supposed to be a bit rustic, we thought it was time to upgrade!

We now have a gas shower, which you turn on, and hey presto! Hot water.  So very modern!

The only slight problem is that when it gets a few degrees below zero, we’ll have to swap it back to the old one as the pipes freeze up… but as we are closed from 1st December – 12th February, hopefully we won’t have to do that very often.

End of summer isn’t all bad…

Stevie and I are planning to do the Beacons Ultra Marathon in November. A 46 mile run around the Brecon Beacons.  Fortunately with just a couple of huge hills rather than being too hilly. We did a loop of the 2 lap course this weekend, and smugly agree that the Brecon Beacons is the most spectacular landscape in the world.

It starts at Talybont, but we joined the course at Cantref.

The Brecon Beacons from our side

The Brecon Beacons from our side

It starts with a relatively flat 12 miles or so to Llangynidr, along quiet roads, paths and the canal.

DSC_0896It then goes up a steep hill, which would be perfect for sledging down, but is less pleasant to run up. Judy is having a rest at the (near) top in this photo.

The Brecon Beacons

And a not-brilliant panorama from the top. I thought it would be award winning or something, but it was so bright and sunny I couldn’t see the screen.

Panorama from the hill above Llangynidr

Panorama from the hill above Llangynidr

And then along the side of the Talybont Reservoir – pretty stunning, but I got a bit lost after taking a wrong turn above Talybont Reservoir and rather than going back to where I went wrong, I battled with the undergrowth.

Talybont Reservoir

After the reservoir, there was the climb up The Gap, and then down the otherside, back to Cantref.  Exhausted… and that was only just over half what we’ll do in the actual race…

Nearly the end of the summer holidays….

This is the first summer holidays that seem like summer holidays because Rosie is in pre-school… so we have sampled some local activities, and here’s a round up….

Checking the sheep

Damning the stream

We had millions of picnics up the hill and lots of walks and damning streams – which is probably the highlight.

Feels like we have spent lots of time at the Mountain Centre – we did a pottery class, and glazed them today.  Rosie did pretty well, George painted himself, the table and almost flooded the place with the water machine.  It has the best coffee, a brilliant outdoor play area, a hill that the children want to run down repeatedly and an indoor play bit, which despite being quite small keeps them entertained for hours.

The library – We went to a pirate craft and activity day, run by Brecknock Museum.  Similar to the pottery, Rosie created a beautifully sequinned pirate cutlass, and George painted himself.

We tried tennis at the leisure centre – which was great, but might leave it a year before trying again.

We have been away quite a bit, so have only managed one of the local summer shows… but there is still time, so we might get to one of the September ones.  We had a great day out at Llanfrynach Sports Day.  The children loved the ball pit, the races, and we loved the pimms and the age -old (?) custom of singing to the chicken to encourage it to poo…

Camping on the Gower – just an hour and a half away. First time camping , as a family but we are already enthusiastically buying more kit for the next trip (this weekend), and hopefully without the amber weather warning this time.

Merthyr pool – half an hour away, and it’s a great one for children as there are 2 kids’ pools, one is about 18 inches deep, and you can walk in, like the beach. There is one in Brecon, but it hasn’t got the very very shallow bit and isn’t so warm.

We’ve also spent hours and hours playing outside. We have barely bought any vegetables this summer as for the first time our vegetable garden has produced more than a token amount of veg. The children quite like helping,and when they get bored they hop on the trampoline / swings / slide.

Danyfan library


It’s not that new anymore,  but at Easter we at last got around to clearing the front room of the floor to ceiling boxes to create the library.

Builder Dan knocked through the wall to the sitting room (it was a stud wall so it must have been just 1 room at some other point). We got 3 panel doors from Leominster reclamation yard and a kit for making them concertina doors.

Stevie made the shelves (with the help of noel who planed and cut them in his workshop and my parents who were roped in to help us finish it in the window between bookings) from trees cut down and that got milled when we first moved here.  Cherry or pear I think.

Ta da a a a a a!

High above Hay Sportive

Pam and I foolishly did the 67 mile ride today from Hay on Wye around the hugest hills in Herefordshire,  Monmouthshire and Powys. It was fantastic,  despite being driving rain and lack of preparation. The views in the last few miles down from the Gospel pass (highest road in Wales) were phenomenal.