Barter Books

Alnwick Station
Wagonway Road
NE66 2NP

01665 604888

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Barter Books is one of the biggest antiquarian bookstores in the UK with a tremendous selection of books from antique to contemporary novels. The place is so big you could literally spend a half a day here easily, inside the building you will find the orginal waiting rooms with roaring fires and places to sit and browse the books, they do what their name suggests as well, you can take in used books and trade against new purchases.

Inside is the Station Buffet - Open every day except Christmas Day, 9:00-18:30. (Last orders for hot food is 18:00) The Station Buffet is owned and operated by Barter Books. The inviting ambiance includes an open fire in three of the rooms, while the menu specializes in the owners' own preference for comfort food at its best - all of which is home-made, using local produce whenever possible. This ranges from soups to bacon sandwiches and our own cutom made hotdogs to Northumbrian rarebit to baked goods to die for! Also on offer: barista coffee, teas, hot chocolate - and, yes, wine, too!

Back in April 1991, and in the face of a rather large overdraft, Mary Manley decided to open a secondhand bookshop - one that would be based on the swap system and called Barter Books. Her husband, Stuart, immediately took to the idea and suggested that Mary open the shop in the front room of what was then his small manufacturing plant, located in Alnwick's magnificent old Victorian railway station. From that time a joint partnership was formed that would eventually result in what the New Statesman magazine would call 'The British Library of secondhand bookshops'.

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Best sausage sandwich

Carolyn C, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Love the sausage sandwich with onion marmalade and mushroom soup made from local produce . Gets very busy becouse it's so good . Love the rooms and real fireplaces


_meggan_coleby, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
We went into barter books as there was a big thunder storm and we needed shelter we ended up getting a good book and sitting by the fire

Great place to while away a few hours!

GOMS2013, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Fab place to browse (a vast number of) books in a converted railway station building! Plenty of seating and comfy chairs around open fires all add to the atmosphere of the place and that is before you see and hear the toy trains running around the tops of some of the book cases! A good cafe and warm 'waiting room' are part of what makes this place special. Put an afternoon aside, browse some books and maybe buy one of two!

Simply great

olibot, Durham, United Kingdom
We called in here - to be honest wanted to go in for ages. What a lovely place - we had never seen so many used books. Loved the model train by the way...

Fab Food

CuddlybearHarrogate, Harrogate
Cafe fab after a long wander around the bookshopEnjoyed a sausage and bacon sandwich.Nice to chill out..highly recommend.

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