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'.
Open all year
With Disabled Toilet
AlBright2, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Barter books is, quite rightly, a North East institution! A heaven for book lovers; I could easily spend hours at a time here exploring the bookshelves for hidden treasures. The food in the cafe is also brilliant and is worthy of a visit on it's own. Whoever runs this place is getting it absolutely right!
Honest Tea feels good.
leaderwithnotitle, Tynemouth, United Kingdom
Have now ate there three times. I do love most the fire and the fact you can make yourself a tea or coffee and buy a home made biscuit and pop some coins into the honesty box. That's a super common sense option to having to line up and wait to be served and give them a table number and later find someone has taken your table whilst you were ordering. So well done there. Keep the fire going.
One of my favourite places.
GrannieCath, Doncaster, United Kingdom
If you are a booklover, this is sheer heaven ! Sit a while beside the roaring log fire, browse the books and drink a fab cup of coffee.
I visited here with my partner as a completely random trip after we found their leaflet in a cafe. So pleased we decided to drive here, we spent hours looking through the books and even then we could have happily stayed longer. It's a lovely place to visit, perfect for history and book lovers. We will be going again.
Bacon and books
mattjones1949, Northumberland, United Kingdom
This is a place definitely worth a visit especially if the Northumberland weather is disappointing. A huge selection of books covering every subject and taste.The cafe serves up wonderful bacon and sausage sandwiches besides other tasty food and drinks You can easily spend a couple of hours.Other plusses are a roaring fire and you can bring a well behaved dog.A rather different tourist attraction worth a detour .