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Scarthin Books

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$$ - $$$
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The Promenade | Scarthin Cromford, Matlock, England
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
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England, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you visit this popular bookshop you may wish to partake of refreshment, after a hour or more of perusing all manner of books covering every conceivable subject. If this is for you, find the staircase and go up, and up and up, until you reach the top floor. Here you will find small cafe which probably seats a dozen... More 

Thank TruthfulReviewInfo
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191 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

A brilliant bookshop with lots of new and second hand books but also a wonderful little cafe selling vegetarian and vegan food. I am not a veggie but still greatly enjoyed the food.

1 Thank WillStaffordshire
Kent, England
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402 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

I'm not sure if I'm reviewing a cafe or a book shop here but the combination works a treat. There is a magnificent selection of books, so much more than is stocked at your average WH Smith's and a great little coffee bar to sit and enjoy your purchases.

Thank Stephen S
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

There is a second hand bookshop in Venice that claims to be the 'best in the world' - I was there recently and it isn't a patch on this amazing place. Millions of used books (and a fair few new ones) over many floors, all categorised and mostly in great condition and reasonably priced. Add to this a pretty building... More 

1 Thank Barmee
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Great book shop with just about every title of book imaginable. Relaxed atmosphere. Recommended tea rooms too.

Thank Ruth A
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I have never visited such a well stocked, well organised used (and some new) bookshop. There really is something for everyone in this shop. The staff were friendly and the cafe looked good (I didn't use it but it looked good). Huge music section (books and music) which particularly interested me.

Thank Gavin W
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110 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Feed mind and body in one place. A fantastic indie bookshop and a vegan/veggie cafe hidden behind a false bookcase for a door (all very 'Scooby Doo' - I love if!). Any visit to Cromford is incomplete without lunch and a browse here. You can't get this sort of service on line! Treat yourself to a trip out to delightful... More 

Thank MiriamWakefield
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82 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

In lovely surroundings, new and used books, helpful staff. Haven't been in the restaurant so can't comment on that. Super original bathroom if you need the loo!!

Thank photosrme
Derby, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

OUtstanding food, all vegetarian, freshly prepared. Seating is at a premium, so early or later lunch is more easily achieved. Well informed boards help you choose, but every part on those is excellent. Be patient, as each plate of food is prepared at the time of ordering. Several cakes are on offer, again for the vegetarian palate. Service is friendly... More 

York, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

I love this place and anyone else who loves books will too! The whole shop is crammed with books - from floor to ceiling, up the stairs, in every nook and cranny it seems. It gives the sense of discovery of finding that special edition you have hoped to lay your hands on one day. Much of it is second... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Promenade | Scarthin Cromford, Matlock, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Matlock

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?