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Richard Booth s Bookshop Cafe

44 Lion Street | HR3 5AA, Hay-on-Wye, England
01497 820322
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Ranked #1 of 8 restaurants in Hay-on-Wye
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Most recent review
- Jul 15, 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
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ROMSEY
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Excellent bookshop, but this brief review concerns the cafe. Pleasant surroundings and clean. Friendly, efficient service. We just stopped for a coffee and a snack, but all the food we saw being served looked delicious. The coffee is exceptional, and the Danish pastry, the best I have ever eaten. Would definitely go again if ever in the area.

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Penarth - Vale of Glamorgan - Wales
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72 reviews 72 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Richard Booth more-or-less created Hay-on-Wye (called 'Way on High' by a percentage of the locals) as 'the town of books' and a visit to his shop and Cafe are a walk into a remarkable history. Ask to listen to the Hay National anthem or enquire as to the identity of the first lady of Hay. You will be sure of... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Old agricultural hall renovated across 3 floors in wood. also has cinema at rear. Great selection of titles some of which were only published a week or so ago. Can see why this place is a successful business model. Could not understand how the remaining book shops stayed solvent, given their poor and tatty selections!

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

A great atmosphere for lunch in a part courtyard so you feel outside. Good service and lovely food. The bookshop has an amazing choice too.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The bookshop behind which this cafe is located is itself wonderful. All woody with its wooden floors and wooden shelves. It is the sort of bookshop you could spend quite a while in. We visited on a Sunday morning on the last day of the Hay Festival and its fair to say the cafe and indeed all of Hay was... More

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Bristol, UK
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The most amazing bookshop! What a great place for book lovers, even my book hating daughter enjoyed it.

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

A wonderful find in the centre of Hay-on-Wye. One of the finest book shops I've come across and then to discover the café/restaurant. Do try the Welsh Rarebit, which I vote as the best in England. Wonderful.

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United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

What a lovely gem, a little bistro at the back of a lovely old bookshop. We all had Welsh rarebit, which was delicious. I would definitely eat their again.

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This cafe/restaurant is now open Fri-Sat till 9pm. Can only speak for evening meal. The first thing you notice is that pretentiousness is taken to surreal levels.With hardly anyone there, you are still asked to "Wait to be seated". If you can smile at this, the food is tasty and well-cooked even if the portions could be larger. But they... More

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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Great food, been twice in the last few weeks, shame the staff don't smile. Next time going to try the evening Menu.

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