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Richard Booth s Bookshop Cafe

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££ - £££Cafe, British,
44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AA, Wales
+44 1497 820322
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (14 reviews)
“welsh rarebit” (38 reviews)
“pancakes” (7 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AA, Wales
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Called in lunch time for a snack. Had scones and coffee. The scones were very good and were enormous, almost too big. Good coffee and service was speedy and staff were polite. Not the cheapest scones and coffee but they were good quality.

Thank Ralph T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice breakfast but small, almost £10 per portion and also very limited menu, if I had waited until later would had to wait for a long time. Chairs are uncomfortable, like the ones I had in infant school. Really nice staff. Free table water which...More

Thank medieval l
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After buying a few books we had an excellent coffee and amazing cakes. Try the cherry and almond cake served with cream...the best I've ever tried. Welcoming staff, efficient and friendly service. A great place.

1  Thank Nellie298
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I were visiting Hay on Wye and went into Richard Booth's bookshop to look around and to come across the cafe hidden in the back. The lunch menu was minimal- nothing really caught my eye, the waitress told us of the soup...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Helpful, happy and friendly staff. Very good range of tempting light lunches and incredibly good cakes. Excellent coffee, too! Will visit whenever in town. Thank you !

1  Thank JackSpratsWife
Reviewed 10 March 2018

Great find at the rear of the bookshop. This is a very popular venue so be prepared to make a 20 minute booking and use the time to look around Hay . It was well worth the wait as the food was very good ....More

1  Thank Springer114
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

What a wonderful place. Children loved bookshop and the cafe served interesting and tasty food. Great place to while away time on a cold February day!

2  Thank Tony H
Reviewed 23 February 2018

We were visiting the bookshop, which reminded us rather of Livaria Lello in Porto - the inspiration for much of the architecture of Hogwarts in Harry Potter - seemingly miles and miles of floor to ceiling bookcases, tables with displays on; a warren like environment,...More

2  Thank FiftyFifty5050
Reviewed 19 February 2018

We were really excited to visit this bookshop because of its size renown and it really is impressive. A wide selection of both new and second hand books. It's a great looking place. We visited the cafe which was busy so looked around for 20...More

2  Thank Krisyyy
Reviewed 12 February 2018

You can't book here and its popular so expect to have to wait for a table. Lunch is delicious and tea is also great as they usually have by far the best cake in town.

1  Thank Claire D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, 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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