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Richard Booth s Bookshop Cafe

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££ - £££
Cafe, British, Contemporary
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44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AA, Wales
+44 1497 820322
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited yesterday for the first time, after a large breakfast we couldn't manage to eat much but the soup was one of the best onion soups I've tasted and the home made lemonade delicious. We definitely hope to have a return visit. The books were an amazing collection too. Well worth a visit.

Thank Brenda S
Ludlow, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our second family visit to this very special cafe. We were welcomed and served by Maxine who is an outstanding waitress. The food and drinks were exceptional in both quality and presentation. We enjoyed celebrating our daughter's birthday in this delightful venue and left feeling delighted with the whole experience. A beacon of culinary practice.

Thank Saab900man
Honley, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were recommended to try this by the landlady of the pub at which we were staying. Great location at the back of Richard Booth's bookshop. Restaurant looked busy but not quite full as we descended from the shop, but we were asked if we had booked in the same breath as that with which we were welcomed and then... More 

Thank PaulStaplesHonley
Mackay, Australia
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61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband had heard about Hay-on-Wye and was determined to visit... and I'm so glad he did! The whole town is filled with books and bookstores... our favourite and the most famous being Richard Booths bookshop! We could have spent all day wondering the the fabulous isles of words, sentences, paragraphs and stories...

Thank Petal1975
London, England, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Modern beautifully designed space behind this brilliant bookstore. Ended up dropping in every day of our holiday, though never a short stay because working one's way to the café through enticing shelves is challenging. Excellent coffee, clean simple modern cooking with twists on old favourites. Super Welsh Rarebit with chilli, home made Boston Baked Beans, and delicious small mince pies... More 

Thank 17Susie
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Had a dread for visiting this place, based on the 1 star reviews here. But we arrived before the lunchtime rush and had no trouble getting seated. I had Welsh Rarebit, for the first time and it was really good, and I had a small portion of chunky chips on the side, they were very good too, but for 3.95... More 

Thank brianboyle1973
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Outstanding in all respects - the food, the ambience and the service. Located within Richard Booth's amazing bookshop, the cafe is located at the rear and offers about 8 choices of mains plus desserts, snacks and drinks. We had venison pie with home cut chips, smoked haddock brandade and sloe/juniper cordial drinks - overlooking a nicely decorated courtyard in the... More 

Thank David M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Having been disappointed with our choice of lunch venue in Hay on our last visit a few weeks ago, we decided to try this cafe today and were delighted to have such an enjoyable experience this time round. We were greeted straight away, shown to a table and a carafe of water and glasses were immediately placed on the table... More 

Thank louiseholistic
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Visited for lunch while in Hay. Despite arriving late in afternoon, the full lunch menu including specials was available. Service was quick and efficient and the food was very good. As other reviewers have commented this is set in the Richard Booth bookshop , and to a potent combination of books and good food. We will certainly go back again.

Thank Paul C
Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Visiting Hay with family, we spent an age looking through rows and rows of books and then had a light lunch in the cafe. Staff really friendly and food delicious. We had the Welsh Rarebit and chips with aioli. Most definitely the best Rarebit I have ever tasted. A must visit if in Hay and you're hungry whilst book hunting... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AA, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Powys  >  Hay-on-Wye
  • Phone Number: +44 1497 820322

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