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“Surprising find”

Station Buffet Barter Books
Ranked #6 of 119 Restaurants in Alnwick
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $14
Cuisines: Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast
Description: Open every day except Christmas Day, 9:30-17:00. (Last orders for hot food, 16:00 Winter; 16:30 Summer) The Station Buffet is owned and operated by Barter Books - one of the largest secondhand bookshops in Britain and the home of the famous Keep Calm and Carry On poster. The inviting ambiance includes an open fire in three of the rooms, while the menu specializes in the owners' own preference for comfort food at its best - all of which is home-made, using local produce whenever possible. This ranges from soups to bacon sandwiches to Northumbrian rarebit to baked goods to die for! Also on offer: barista coffee, teas, hot chocolate - and, yes, wine, too!
Berkshire, UK
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Surprising find”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Went with some friends who have been before and had the recommended sausage bap. Great sausages and a generous portion..kept us going for the rest of the day. Open fires, casual dining and friendly service..and the ability to read the books you might buy whilst having a coffee or some lunch. What is not to like!

  • Visited October 2013
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Hinckley
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“Great cafe within a book shop”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Fantastic atmospheric book shop within the old train station and a lovely cafe situated in what used to be the waiting rooms-very cosy, had a lovely lunch, like the fact they try and use local produce. The fruit cake was fantastic, very good coffee, all of our party enjoyed the food they were served. Relaxing place to visit and spend time browsing.

  • Visited October 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good food”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

Such a lovely place, great idea combining books and food means you can stay all day!
Really enjoyed the toasted sandwiches and homemade cakes. Lovely tea and coffee. Friendly staff and interesting decor, can't wait to come again.

  • Visited August 2013
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Lunch in a bookshop? Heaven!”
Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

We came here to the bookshop on a wet and windy day. We were really looking forward to having lunch here too. It was more crowded than we last came. This place is a victim of its own success. The staff were working flat out but we still didn't have to wait long for our food, which was delicious. This usual combination of bookshop/cafe really works and you see it more and more, but the ambience of Barter Books and the Station Buffet is unique.

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Leeds
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great lunch spot!”
Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic book shop and a superb place to have lunch. Fantastic atmosphere, lovely food and service.

  • Visited October 2013
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