Coffee&Cake@Barter Books, Alnwick

Barter Books is a truly fascinating place. A former Victorian railway station, it now houses what one newspaper called ‘The British Library of secondhand bookshops’ plus a cafe in what used to be the waiting rooms. They light the open fires if there is any sign of a chill in the air. There is even a fantastic model railway that snakes round a track above your head in the main bookshop.

The cafe serves breakfast, coffee, cakes, lunch and afternoon tea to book browsers and to anyone else who wanders in. Rock and I both have coffee and share a local favourite – Earl Grey fruit cake with cheddar cheese. Rich, moist fruit cake with mature cheddar – interesting and enjoyable. The service is great and the whole experience is fantastic.

If you love books, trains, coffee or cake – this is a great place to visit. If you love all of these things, this may just be your heaven!


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Wade and Rock are a UK based couple who love good food and wildlife and love travelling to find it. Wade does most, but not all, of the writing and the photography. Rock shares the eating experience and tells Wade when planned posts fall short on sense or style or taste. In the opinion of Wade (and many of our friends) she is also a fabulous baker. WadeandRockandFood mainly consists of reviews of restaurants and pubs we have recently visited. WadeandRockandWildlife and WadeandRockandPlaces are mostly photoblogs.

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