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High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (formerly Bookstore Brierlow Bar)

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Address: Ashbourne Road | Junct of A515 and B5053, Buxton SK17 9PY, England
Phone Number:
+44 1298 71017
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Today
09:30 - 17:30
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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High Peak Bookstore and Cafe is one of the country's largest independent...

High Peak Bookstore and Cafe is one of the country's largest independent bookshops, offering incredible breadth and depth of titles and subject areas, for both general and specialist booklovers. Knowledgeable, friendly staff are on hand at all times, in a spacious, relaxing atmosphere in which you can browse at leisure. ***New Cafe*** We are very excited to announce that High Peak Bookstore Cafe is now open for business! Come and join us for a freshly ground coffee (we are proud to serve Fair Trade), or sample one of our Gold Award winning, loose leaf Novus teas. We have scrumptious home made cakes and we serve light lunches such as salads, sandwiches, soups and paninis. Do come and see us soon! High Peak Bookstore and Cafe boasts a large, free car park with picnic tables, and the rivers Dove and Manifold are just a short distance away. We also welcome coaches and appointments are not always necessary.

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Popped in to the bookshop for a few cards from their massive selection of reasonably priced but quality cards and ended up enjoying a fabulous lunch with a friend. I had the soup... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in to the bookshop for a few cards from their massive selection of reasonably priced but quality cards and ended up enjoying a fabulous lunch with a friend. I had the soup of the day (broccoli and Gorgonzola) and she had homity pie with a beautiful salad, paired with delicious coffee I cannot praise this gem of a bookstore... More 

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1 Thank leonajh
BookstoreBrierlowBar, General Manager at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (formerly Bookstore Brierlow Bar), responded to this review

This is such a lovely review...thank you so much. We try our best to make our customers feel welcome and to provide as wide a range of books and cards (at reasonable prices) as we can. We hope to see you again soon and thank you once again for your kind words. More 

Matlock, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a local we spend easily in excess of £200 a year at Brierlow Bar but a trip yesterday has made me reconsider my loyalties. Recent changes have improved the range of drinks and food which in many ways is a good thing since there are few other places to get a cuppa nearby. However this seems to have come... More 

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Thank HappyHen50
BookstoreBrierlowBar, General Manager at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (formerly Bookstore Brierlow Bar), responded to this review

I am sorry that you had a disappointing trip to the Bookstore. 20% of our Bookstore is now a cafe, however, we still have the same number of book titles that we had before the, generally well received, Cafe was added and even more greeting card lines have recently been added. We check most of our titles against prices on... More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled across this bookshop gem on our way to a hotel for a weekend away. Super shop full all fantastic books about everything. We could have stayed for ages and bought loads of books. We ended up buying 4 books. Loved this shop wish it was nearer. If you love books you will love this shop x

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1 Thank mandyarmer
BookstoreBrierlowBar, General Manager at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (formerly Bookstore Brierlow Bar), responded to this review

We're so glad that you loved our Bookstore and hope to see you again one day, thank you for your lovely words. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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1,089 reviews
280 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 432 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good value selection of books. Located in some of the most beautiful countryside. Very friendly helpful staff.

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Thank JANETDENISE
BookstoreBrierlowBar, General Manager at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (formerly Bookstore Brierlow Bar), responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We always try our best to be friendly and helpful with our wonderful customers. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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172 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every one of my trips to Buxton is rounded off by a visit to this large independent bookstore. What a wonderful selection they have on offer - just about every subject you could imagine and all at a most affordable price. We love to spend some quiet time browsing the shelves and normally find an armful of books to stock... More 

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1 Thank bookworm7476
BookstoreBrierlowBar, General Manager at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (formerly Bookstore Brierlow Bar), responded to this review

How lovely it is to read such positive things about our Bookstore and Cafe! We're delighted that you enjoyed your trip and hope you'll visit again soon. Thank you. More 

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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Called in today with my 5year old daughter for a little treat. We had a fantastic light lunch. Staff we're so friendly and welcoming. The menu was just enough for lunch time. The cakes were amazing. My daughter loved it because we then went on to choose a little book with her pocket money. Very reasonably priced books and lots... More 

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1 Thank Bev C
BookstoreBrierlowBar, General Manager at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (formerly Bookstore Brierlow Bar), responded to this review

It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your daughter...we're so pleased you both enjoyed your afternoon and we hope to see you both again soon. Thank you. More 

Stonehouse
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

We passed their big sign on the A515 just out of Buxton. Being bibliophiles, we decided to explore and it was very well worth it. The place is large with a great selection of interesting books on all subjects, many of them reduced to most affordable levels. Some of the large format books were especially good bargains. All subjects are... More 

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Thank BarryStonehouse
BookstoreBrierlowBar, General Manager at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (formerly Bookstore Brierlow Bar), responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review, we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our Bookstore, we hope to see you again soon. More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

My family & I have visited Brierlow Bookshop many times and we usually find something interesting to buy among its many bargains. We always used to say that the place would be perfect if only there was a cafe. So imagine our pleasure when we visited yesterday to find that a cafe had recently opened! We took a menu and... More 

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Thank Kate M
BookstoreBrierlowBar, General Manager at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (formerly Bookstore Brierlow Bar), responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your review, we shall take your comments into consideration. More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Take an excellent set of books, well displayed and add comfy settees amply provided then add a café with good food. Put it all together with helpful staff and you have the Bookstore.

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Thank Iansheffield_13
BookstoreBrierlowBar, General Manager at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (formerly Bookstore Brierlow Bar), responded to this review

What a splendid review! Thank you so much, we really appreciate the kind words. More 

Buxton, England, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

As of Saturday April 8. 2017, the bookstore has a fully operating café with nice food...cakes...coffee and teas. I went in there today and had a reasonably priced lunch. It offers a nice selection served by very friendly staff. I would highly recommend it.

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Thank Dennis B
BookstoreBrierlowBar, General Manager at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (formerly Bookstore Brierlow Bar), responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time to review our new cafe. More 

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