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Richard Booth s Bookshop Cafe

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44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AA, Wales
+44 1497 820322
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Hi was there on the weekend and this place had come highly recommended by a friend and whilst the bookshop was lovely and the staff in the bookshop themselves were terribly helpful and friendly the same cannot be said for the staff in the cafe. The lady who acted in a maitre d' role was rude and treated potential diners... More 

Thank Librarygirl1902
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an amazing bookshop that went downstairs, upstairs and back (and back) from it's shop front. It went on for ever and, if you're into books you'll be in heaven. Good selection of cards too and a nice touch is the bookmark with every purchase. I had to be restrained from spending a fortune!

Thank Fiona F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like books, and Hay-on-Wye, you'll already know about the very special literary emporium that's Booth's. It was the first time, however, that we'd tried their new cafe. It reminded me a bit of the model of Valvona & Crolla in Edinburgh, in which a famous deli adds a cafe on - and this is a great example of... More 

Thank Beah1
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose to eat here based on the great reviews posted here. After a long day perusing this quaint town it was good to be able to sit down and eat some delicious food. The cafe was busy when we were seated but luckily got a comfortable table with a lovely window view. Staff were happy and genuinely helpful with... More 

1 Thank AndrewJMoor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Afternoon snack- French onion soup, chef made, cherry and almond cake with cream also home made. Well executed by professional waiting and kitchen staff. Open kitchen to watch the chef working away. And the attached book shop is a delight to browse and buy. And they found my hat!

Thank Cinders014
Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I do quite a bit of travelling around the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains, which means I get to sample different places to eat. Booth's Cafe is one of those places; I just love eating in when I come to Hay. The food there is a mix between light bights and well made delicious naughtiness. If I could, I would... More 

Thank Lucy G
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 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
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 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

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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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?