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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
- Aug 18, 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
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English first
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My daughter and I enjoyed the brunch menu in the beautiful, airy cafe in Booths last week. I particularly enjoyed the Rarebit (having tried an inferior version in a nearby restaurant). Prices were reasonable and services was very good. The cafe looks incredibly well-organised!

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pixley
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Have been there many occasions, never anything to complain about as is the best place in hay to eat in my view.my last 2 visits found it not as good, especially sunday when a friend and i desperate for something to eat called in around midday. We ordered stuffed pepper with rocket. Frankly if we hadn't been so hungry both... More

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Vancouver BC
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Hidden in the back of a very good bookshop, this cafe is bright, airy in the summer. The staff is very friendly and welcoming. Their recent expansion of the seating area was not coupled with an expansion of the kitchen and this is why patience or good timing on your part is required. The menu is not extensive however the... More

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ROMSEY
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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