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Scarthin Books

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The Promenade | Scarthin Cromford, Matlock, England
09:00 - 18:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
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Kent, England
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396 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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 

Thank Barmee
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6 reviews
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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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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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109 reviews
69 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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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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80 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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86 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 

Thank carleton23
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

This placeis a quaint book shop oozing with character ....reminiscent of a crooked house in a child's fairy tale , especially whilst negotiated the old staircase . I loved the selection of second hand books. They also sell new books and gifts . Small selection of fabulous pottery too . Cafe upstairs is fascinating as vines grow into the ceiling... More 

Thank Juliet T
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Had a really lovely lunch here today with a friend. He recently turned vegan since when I've found it near impossible to book anywhere on our travels for us to eat, at least anywhere that would give him much choice! A great menu of fresh-tasting home-made (I'm sure) delights were in store for us. A friendly welcome from the staff,... 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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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?