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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 6 restaurants in Hay-on-Wye
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
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pixley
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We go there about once a month when in the area. Food always good and a but different, best place by miles to eat in Hay. Unfortunately they seem to have got carried away with the prices of their limited wine selection, now £21 a bottle for white which is way over the top and out of my price range,... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

My girlfriend and I both had a pear and ginger danish with a mocha, and enjoyed them greatly after a long day of browsing Hay's books. Cafe was very light and airy and nicely decorated, was also quiet when we visited so the refreshments arrived very promptly.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Popped in on a rainy Sunday afternoon, cafe is in a modern wooden-framed conservatory style building on the side of the book shop, with little courtyard garden. Loose tea for two was about £5 which seemed a lot, but was nonetheless lovely. Delicious Brownie and Creme Brûlée served with creme fraiche were about £3 each which seemed a lot more... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Lovely lovely food and great atmosphere. Service was top hole. Highly recommend indeed. The food is interesting and super fresh. Well worth dropping by when on the book shop.

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Birmingham
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We only popped in here for a coffee on a wet Saturday morning but would highly recommend the place based on the service we receive and the coffee/cake we enjoyed. The cafe is connected to Richard Booth's bookshop which in itself is a fabulous place to while away several hours; so being able to retreat for sustenance is a real... More

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Neath
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This cafe is very busy, we had to wait approx 20 minutes for a table. Efficient and friendly service and good choice on menu. We opted for salads which were very nice, but they could have done with a bit more dressing. Pleasant, airy seating area, would definitely lunch here again if visiting Hay-on Wye. The bookstore is amazing, I... More

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London
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10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Visited here many times for coffee and breakfast. Nice atmosphere and good menu for breakfast. Quite a short menu and won't be the cheapest in Hay but is well worth a visit. The coffee is excellent as is the Welsh rarebit. Dog friendly too.

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Asia
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

What an amazing place - the book store is reminiscent of an antique library with solid wood everywhere - and literally thousands of books. We picked up a couple of book poster prints. The restaurant was also good - and very busy - so best to make a reservation.

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Herefordshire, England
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

No waiting at midweek lunchtime, admittedly in low season November but still fairly busy. Pleasant service, clean open plan (including part of kitchen). Had 'light bites' menu - scrambled egg and black pudding on toast with grilled tomatoes. Coffee fairly good. Overall a great addition to the limited facilities in Hay.

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York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We just had a lunch of soup and some chips, both of which were excellent. It is also a lovely, airy space with a good atmosphere. However we were put off by the pointless 30 minute wait we had for a table, particularly when there were at least 3 empty tables in the restaurant???

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