Where Are The Best Coffee Shops For Readers in the UK?

Where Are The Best Coffee Shops For Readers in the UK?

Posted by Paul Gibson on

While the UK coffee scene is vibrant and continues to grow, Reading123 wanted to provide readers with a few destinations to visit that combine the two passions together.

Here is a fabulous selection of destinations to visit while on your travels around the UK, to satisfy those cravings and keep you all very happy.


South England

Pickled Pepper Books London

A colourful bookshop situated in Crouch End, London specialising in children's books, cafe and a small theatre in the back of the store.  A truly interactive experience with scheduled events like meeting authors, parties and small theatre productions.
A really awesome experience that will create lasting memories sure to reinforce a love for reading for the whole family.

Vintage Rose Cafe and Bookshop


This little gem is a coffee drinkers delight with fully trained and dedicated barristers situated in Storrington.  It was awarded cafe of the year in 2012 by readers of the West Sussex County Times. 

They also serve bespoke sandwiches and breakfasts and source local produce where they can, like Sussex Charmer Cheese and ham from Hutchings Butchers in Partridge Green.

South West

Avon Beach Company


A truly amazing location to visit situated on Avon beach Dorset.  A family business since 1934 open every day boasting over 6,000 titles to buy and read.  A mix of fiction and local history books from the area.

A traditional seaside retreat where you can grab a good book, coffee, fish and chips and rent a beach cabin to while away the hours.


Astley Book Farm & Coffee Shop

A converted farm, home to the second largest selection of second-hand books in the Midlands situated in the gorgeous Warwickshire countryside. Astley also has a warm family run coffee house with a large selection of locally sourced sandwiched, cakes and treats.

A great place to visit with the whole family throughout the year boasting a summer garden and a roaring log fire in the winter.

East Anglia

Diss Publishing Bookshop


Diss Publishing is a fantastic independent bookshop and cafe situated on the gorgeous bank of Diss Mere.  Established in 1864, offering a plethora of books, stationery, gifts and refreshments in what only can be described as the idyllic village setting.  Discover a new author sit down next to the tranquil mere with a hot coffee sweet sumptuous cake and you will only be distracted by the coming and going of the local wildlife, Enjoy!



Octavo Book Cafe and Wine Bar Cardiff Bay

Octavo Book Cafe and Wine Bar Cardiff Bay
A real gem to start with, offering three firm favourites, books, coffee and a glass of wine!
Situated in the cosmopolitan bay area of Cardiff where you can enjoy a walk around the bay, a boat ride in the harbour and then relax with a sumptuous glass of wine or coffee with practically any book you could dream of.
Recently shortlisted for the UK's independent bookshop of the year despite being only a few years old suggests they are well worth a visit.


North England

Barter Books in Alnwick

Barter Books in Alnwick
A second-hand books shop set in Alnwick’s old Victorian railway station, boasting buffet-style refreshments, this is a non-stop place of quirky inspiration with many nooks and crannies perfect for curling up with your favourite book, there are several rooms where you can grab a coffee and a bite to eat.
The shop has several themed rooms to be explored including an American diner-themed Skylight room, Red room, Greenroom and a fully restored 1887 walled in continental tiles, the Blue room is entirely inspired by stationmaster top hats and the fantastic Waiting Room has been fully restored to its 1887 state.



The Mainstreet Trading Company

A wonderful award-winning place to spend the whole day and go home refreshed and with some beautiful food from the deli.
Situated in the Scottish border village of St. Boswells in an old converted convenience store and barn to the rear.
A destination to go shopping for home and giftwares and then relax with a hearty meal, or coffee, cake and a thoroughly relaxing read. 

Northern Ireland

Culturlann MacAdam O Fiaich Belfast

Culturlann MacAdam O Fiaich Belfast
A stunning old church situated on the famous falls road incorporating cafe, bookshop (in Irish and English) and small gallery all in one. They have a wide selection of English and Irish food on the menu including vegetarian options. If you prefer a glass of wine they do let you bring your own!

Which Was Our Favourite?
It was very difficult to choose our favourite from the list above. There were countless others that we researched that didn't quite make the list.

All of the team at Reading123 were drawn to Scotland and the Main Street Trading Company because of their stunning attention to detail, overall experience and the glowing reviews from their customers.

Get out there and experience them for yourself this weekend and let us know which is your favourite. We would love you to send us a selfie and share your favourite cafe bookshops tucked away throughout the UK or internationally.


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