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All 8 Hay-on-Wye Restaurants

Richard Booth s Bookshop Cafe

44 Lion Street | HR3 5AA, Hay-on-Wye, England
01497 820322
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Ranked #2 of 8 Restaurants in Hay-on-Wye
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
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English first
Market Rasen, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

What a fantastic place this is. We had visited Hay for the bookshops but had decided in advance to try this venue for breakfast, as we were not staying in a B & B (as we usually do) but were staying in self-catering, and the café had been highly recommended on various sites. Those sites were NOT WRONG. The café... More

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
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114 reviews 114 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
37 helpful votes 37 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
164 helpful votes 164 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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8 reviews 8 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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