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
Love a good bookshop
Have long been a fan of this book shop Great atmosphere love the honesty coffee to Cafe looks good too Could do with better loos though
Book browsing on a wet day.
Helen T, Thirsk, United Kingdom
What an amazing book shop this place is!!! Shelf, after shelf, area , after area of books, books and more books. So many books, it was a case of.........where do you look first. You could easily spend half a day in this book shop, log fires, coffee shop, chairs to sit down on, children's area.Trains run along the tracks above your head, round and round , this way and that, a real joy for model train enthusiasts. If you are not that keen on reading and books, a visit here and you sure will be! It will be hard to come out without a purchase and cheap they are too. Very impressive place to visit and a real gem in Alnwick.
Chill out place
justmeandmycat2018, Hertford, United Kingdom
Friendly staff and laid back atmosphere. Open fires complete with dogs laid in front of it. Cosy and chilled. Great books too. Oldyworldy feel and something for everyone. Love the model train traveling above the books.
Heaven on Earth!
27joanna, Killearn, United Kingdom
Having read about Barter Books for many years I finally visited this week and was overawed by the size and sheer beauty of the building. The layout and decor of the old railway station is a work of art in itself besides the sheer range of books on offer. A fantastic experience which I hope to repeat soon. The Station Buffet also worth a visit, a comprehensive menu to tempt all tastes (although the bacon rolls are fantastic)
Christmas Eve treat!
Jan T, Peterborough, United Kingdom
Visited here for the first time with family on Christmas Eve, a book lovers delight so many books and so little time to browse! Beautiful old station building with very welcoming staff. We ate in the cafe and all our food was excellent and brought out freshly prepared and hot. Will definitely return when next up in Northumberland, such a shame we live over 200 miles away as I know where I'd be popping in for coffee and a read!! Keep up the fantastic work!