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The Book Rest

18 The Parade | Ex8 1rw, Exmouth, England
+44 1395 262490
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good39%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“quiche” (11 reviews)
“cakes” (20 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
18 The Parade | Ex8 1rw, Exmouth, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic place to enjoy a delicious homemade menu, very reasonably priced and served by friendly staff. We've just popped in on a wet and cold day and enjoyed cauliflower and fennel soup (me) and spicy parsnip (husband). Absolutely delicious. Would highly recommend a visit.

Thank gotthetravelbug55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hardly noticeable and above a great book store this cafe is a real gem. A very wide range of drinks- both hot & cold- and a delicious selection of snacks and food. The service is efficient and friendly and the place exudes a great atmosphere....More

Thank David C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You’d pass this book shop and not necessarily know that there was a little gem upstairs. We came with our 2 kids under 3 and there was a fenced play area for the kids, with books and toys. We just had tea and cake -...More

Thank Ruth995
Christian P, Owner at The Book Rest, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much I will pass it on to the team

Reviewed 11 October 2017

I can only echo what others have already said. Great selection of meals, salads, sandwiches...and cakes. Friendly staff, and great to sit and eat (on the sofa's) and watch the world go by for a bit. Not a great fan of their coffee though but...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

This is my favourite place in town - with the grandchildren or without. If I'm on my own a comfy chair by the window with a newspaper is great. Keen not to go to the popular chains for my coffee fix I tried a few...More

Thank Vanessa C
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Through the book shop and up the stairs into a lovely bustling place. Very child friendly. Staff are excellents and the coffee was the best my partner had ever had, I had the vege breakfast which was delicious and very reasonably prices. A wide range...More

Thank Teresa A
Christian P, Owner at The Book Rest, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thankyou so much, I will let the team know

Reviewed 16 July 2017

It is a Book Shop with Restaurant above, specialising in organic, vegetarian, vegan options and offers a cordoned off nursery/child friendly area catering for young families. It is situated in the middle of town allowing easy access and is known for its comfy informality

Thank David W
Christian P, Owner at The Book Rest, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017


Reviewed 13 June 2017

Great food. everything is freshly made - homemade quiche, scones and cakes etc. I would never think to order quiche elsewhere but theirs is so good I always have this with a choice of their gorgeous salads. Good for children too as there is a...More

Thank n0teasilypleased666
Christian P, Owner at The Book Rest, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017


Reviewed 10 June 2017

myself and my mum went into the book rest cafe for the first time. I must say what a lovely place to be. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Myself and my mum both had hot chocolates and they were the best hot...More

Thank Tom N
Christian P, Owner at The Book Rest, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thank you that's lovely I will pass it on to the team

Reviewed 4 June 2017

I admit, given the choice in Exmouth for a coffee and cake this is my first port of call! An independent book shop with a nice café upstairs. Seating at a table for a meal or comfy couches for a chat and a coffee. The...More

Thank Dave M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 The Parade | Ex8 1rw, Exmouth, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exmouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1395 262490
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A large, comfortable coffee shop with access hidden at the back of Best Books. An eclectic mix of tables and large comfortable leather sofas incorporating an enclosed area for parents of toddlers to relax in comfort. The food and cakes are lovingly made by the Book Rest Baker and prepared on site by our friendly team. We cook breakfasts to order from 8.30am until 11.30am. There is a spacious quiet area with picture windows overlooking the street, ideal for people watching. We aim to provide a unique, relaxing atmosphere with the highest quality, freshest food, excellent service and reasonable prices.
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