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The Book Cafe

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21 Cornmarket, Derby DE1 1QH, England
+44 1332 294008
07:30 - 18:00
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Sun 09:30 - 17:00
Mon - Thu 07:30 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 07:30 - 23:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a beautiful cafe, We both had the meatball marinara which was very filling and a must if you visit. Was very disappointed a year ago when visited the cafe with the staff but it seems to have improved greatly.

Thank Simon B
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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250 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just the perfect venue for a special event! I had been looking for weeks for a place to host my 30th Birthday party and was unimpressed with the selection in the Derby city center. That is until I found the Book Cafe. We had been to the cafe downstairs before and the food and atmosphere were excellent, but had no... More 

Thank rainbowbirko87
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91 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here with a couple of friends early evening. There was live background music which gives it a lovely ambience. Service was first class, waitresses very helpful and smiling and eager to please. My friends ordered mains of steak and a posh margarita pizza (with a request of a little spice or chilli to be added). I ordered the Greek... More 

Thank Uma01
Derby, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food and drink were ok, but not amazing and have found recently that the prices are much higher than similar establishments nearby. I think they need to be more competitive on price to ked my business

Thank 97rose
Derby, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had my 30th Birthday party in the gin palace, which is upstairs of the book cafe. Had such a fantastic time!!! Staff for attentive to all my needs and were emailing me beforehand to get exactly what I wanted. They decorated the room with balloons and banners, which looked amazing. The food was delicious! Everyone messaged me the following day... More 

Thank Sarahredman
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this beautiful cafe on a wet Sunday morning. It has stunning architecture and more books that you can shake a stick at. It's cozy atmosphere and comfy seats were just what we wanted. Hungover and very worse for wear this lovely cafe was a god send. Food was excellent (both the greasy bacon bap and the healthy smoothies),... More 

Thank seehitch
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here twice now, once in the evening and once for lunch. Both times the place was pretty much full although we got in both times without waiting more than a couple of minutes. The staff are efficient and friendly, and there is a decent selection of food and drinks. There's a few minor niggles though which make it... More 

Thank HawkerFamily
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first visit to Derby in a long time, we were there to see a show and thought it might be a good idea to have a meal first. The restaurant was unique with books everywhere, although we had not booked in advance the staff found us a table and we had a most enjoyable meal freshly cooked... More 

Thank Trunkers
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Probably the best place to lunch in Derby. Visited with a friend last minute. Absolutely fantastic staff and delicious food. Really impressed! Can't wait to return!!

Thank looey101
Derby, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have many pleasant visits to the cafe in the daytime. The lunch choices, yummy cakes and wonderful Tea Pigs have given me many happy times with friends. So when I was asked to attend on a Saturday evening and saw the descriptions on the menu I was salivating. Sadly the reality did not meet the expectations. The staff were... More 

Thank Mandy J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 18:00
07:30 - 18:00
07:30 - 18:00
07:30 - 18:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Cornmarket, Derby DE1 1QH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Derby
  • Phone Number: +44 1332 294008

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?