A floor to ceiling treasure trove of all thing outdoors! From camping stoves and walking boots to GPS syatems and penknives – Crickhowell Adventure is really the place to go.
Jane, Jeff and their team really know the surrounding area and are always ready with recommendations should it be for gear or the best route to take up Pen-y-Fan.
Jane has been one of the instigators of Walkers are Welcome, Crickhowell, another scheme, alongside the ever popular annual walking festival, that has put Crickhowell on the walking map.
Odonnell bakehouse, ‘home of the Irish Stout Brownie’, is owned and run by Michelle & Darryl. They’ve only been up anjd running since April but boy have they mad an impression on us.
Their Our luxury handmade brownies are made using local produce including only the finest chocolate from Black Mountain Gold (also based in Crickhowell).
You can find them at Crickhowell Market on selected Saturdays every month and at Llangynidr Farmers Market on the last Sunday of every month. You can now order brownies from www.odonnellbakehouse.co.uk/
There’s simply no going back once you’ve tasted them!
Winner of many True Taste awards the Black Mountain Smokery continues go do the Brecon Beacons proud. With a range of smoked foods including everything from the infamous ‘Welsh Dragon Sausage’ to traditional Smoked Salmon (everything smoked fresh on site) they are a massive asset to the area. For those further away from their base in Crickhowell they also offer an excellent mail order service.
watch their fantastic promotional video (featuring Crickhowell) here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2eqnPk6Jts&feature=player_detailpage
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Situated at the top of the High street, Bacchus is a beautiful little cave of a shop, selling a wide range of quality wines, beers and spirits. Bacchus stock A bewilderingly wide range of Welsh ales alongside Welsh cider, Penderyn Malt Whiskey, Brecon Gin And Danzy Jones to name but a few local products.
You can also rent DVDs alongside those must have film watching snacks.
The Oriel CRiC Gallery upstairs in the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre is a beautiful space which showcases creative excellence at its best.
To support, exhibit and promote original and inspiring contemporary art and craft, the gallery presents a changing programme of 6 exhibitions per year by local and visiting artists and designer makers. In keeping with its aim of promoting, celebrating and encouraging participation in the visual arts, the gallery has initiated an art trail of open studios and galleries which runs annually during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. (24 – 26 May 2014).
Book-ish has been on the High Street for 3 years now and is well loved by locals and visitors alike. Emma hand picks all the books on the shelves (point blank refusing to stock chick lit) and searches high and low to find quirky gifts, stationary and traditional toys. Whenever you visit Book-ish you always see something new, and if you’re a lover of all things booky, you have to have right there and then.
Book-ish can order any book and goes to great lengths to find out of print titles for special customer orders. Their customer service is excellent and you can always be assured of a friendly chat with whoever is behind the counter (Emma, Gemma or Jane)
It’s a true community bookshop which regularly runs events on all manner of subjects, from poetry workshops to Gardening talks. They also support many local initiatives and raise money for their nominated charity ‘Book Trust’ through quizzes and the 5p carrier bag charge.
A little known fact……They can also sell you e-books!
23, High Street,
Purveyors of Finest Quality local meats
Located in the picturesque Brecon Beacons National park and started in 1975 by Mike Cashell. He believed and instilled that quality produce and quality serice is second to none – and so it still is at their shop on the High Street. Cashell’s source a spectacular range of the finest quality local Welsh produce, from small producers, priding themselves on the highest level of customer service.
There’s a wonderful delicatessen with a delicious and vast array of cheeses, smoked and cured meats and fish, vegetables and dairy products sourced locally to us in Wales and beyond! They also boast a fine selection of tempting pickles, conserves, oils, sauces and coffees to tease all fine pallets ensures that all your requirements are met! You can even buy fish here.
Cashell’s is always bustling, with lots of banter and local news being traded – it’s a pleasure to visit.
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Phone: 01873 810405
Grenfells is a High Street institution. Not only do they pretty much sell everything you would ever need from a general stores, they go out of their way to provide excellent customer service.
Ray, Darren, Annie, & Sandra are the usual faces you see in the aisles, always ready for a chat and joke. The whole shop is geared up to serve the Crickhowell community, the doors are festooned with posters of community and charity events. You can even buy cards and calendars featuring photographs that Ray has taken himself.
There’s a free local delivery service which is a lifeline to the more vulnerable in the community – especially in bad weather.The family also organise Santas visit to the town every year along with the Christmas lights switch on.
Crickhowell would be a much poorer town without Grenfell’s.
When a bunch of people decided to make a one-off collection of tools for One World Week back in October 1983, little did they imagine that they would be still here 30 years later! It’s a one off operation – there’s nothing else quite like it in Wales and despite its global reach the charity is still very community focused.
Based in the courtyard of Upper House Farm, TOOLS FOR SELF RELIANCE CYMRU collect old and unwanted hand tools and sewing machines, from all over the UK. They clean repair and sharpen them, and send tool kits to grass roots community groups in several African countries. At present TFSR Cymru concentrates its efforts on Tanzania.
In the past 31 years they have sent over 600 tool kits (each valued at over £1,500) to craftsmen and women in rural communities of Africa. Tools mean work, and the chance to shape the future is just as important to a young person in Tanzania or Ghana as in Britain.
The gardening tools that aren’t sent are sold from their workshop in Crickhowell to meet shipping costs. As we all know, old tools were made much better than new ones and the shop is a fascinating place with many weird and wonderful tools.
Opening Times for Sale of Tools, and Dropping off Tools:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 2 pm
Saturday 10.30am – 12.30pm
The Workshop, Upper House Farm, Standard St, Crickhowell.
Deb’s Kitchen is one of a group of small enterprises in The Courtyard off Standard Street, a bit away from the main streets, but well worth the walk as Deb’s Welshcakes are the stuff of legend. There is usually a dish of the day plus a variety of home-made quiches, salads, and soup plus a selection of cheeses – the sausage rolls are addictive.
There are tables inside and out, on a nice day the courtyard is sunny and peaceful and a good place to relax. Debs offers a takeaway service which is perfect if you’re planning a day out on the hills and mountains.
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Phone: 01874 730227
Totally Locally was created, and continues with passion, to celebrate the fantastic shops, businesses and people that we have in our local areas. These are the Hidden Gems in our towns that make the place that little bit different, that little bit more colourful, and that little bit better to live in. They are all there in every local area – it is just probably that we have forgotten them a little in our rushed lives and our obsession with the Supermarkets.
The team in Totally Locally Crickhowell are already collecting the Hidden Gems that make your town special. We’ll profile them on this website with some cracking photos. There’ll be some you know, and some that you’ll discover for the first time. It’s about being a tourist in your home town.
Tell us about your Hidden Gem in Crickhowell.