Barter Books is one of the biggest antiquarian bookstores in the UK with a tremendous selection of books from antique to contemporary novels. The place is so big you could literally spend a half a day here easily, inside the building you will find the orginal waiting rooms with roaring fires and places to sit and browse the books, they do what their name suggests as well, you can take in used books and trade against new purchases.
Inside is the Station Buffet - Open every day except Christmas Day, 9:00-18:30. (Last orders for hot food is 18:00) The Station Buffet is owned and operated by Barter Books. The inviting ambiance includes an open fire in three of the rooms, while the menu specializes in the owners' own preference for comfort food at its best - all of which is home-made, using local produce whenever possible. This ranges from soups to bacon sandwiches and our own cutom made hotdogs to Northumbrian rarebit to baked goods to die for! Also on offer: barista coffee, teas, hot chocolate - and, yes, wine, too!
Back in April 1991, and in the face of a rather large overdraft, Mary Manley decided to open a secondhand bookshop - one that would be based on the swap system and called Barter Books. Her husband, Stuart, immediately took to the idea and suggested that Mary open the shop in the front room of what was then his small manufacturing plant, located in Alnwick's magnificent old Victorian railway station. From that time a joint partnership was formed that would eventually result in what the New Statesman magazine would call 'The British Library of secondhand bookshops'.
Open all year
With Disabled Toilet
olibot, Durham, United Kingdom
We called in here - to be honest wanted to go in for ages. What a lovely place - we had never seen so many used books. Loved the model train by the way...
Cafe fab after a long wander around the bookshopEnjoyed a sausage and bacon sandwich.Nice to chill out..highly recommend.
Huge but intimate and friendly. Books on everything. Coffee etc available all over. Staff helpful. Amazing use of old railway station. We spent 2 hours in there.
An eclectic mix.
sunlunlad, durham uk
What a lovely place to spend an hour browsing their huge selection of literature and reference books in this wonderful location. Long may they prosper.
Another Trip, Another Return
KreedofKrieg, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Barter Books, as I've mentioned in previous reviews of this establishment, is one of my favourite haunts to go to. There's a nice cosy feel to it, and anyone who is fond of books like me, its pretty much the Mecca of second hand book shops. It doesn't have that clean, clinical feel of chain shops like WHSmiths, but it does have that quality to the books, and, unfortunately, the same pricing too. If you come to Barter Books for a bargain, I'm afraid it won't provide you that, selling things at the same price at other retail shops. If you want to buy cheap, second hand, charity shops, and Amazon will be the best places to go, but I will say one thing, if WHSmiths or Waterstones haven't got it, Barter Books will.