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
Delicious hot roast beef sandwich...
Andrew S, Sheffield, United Kingdom
...with onion gravy and chips, a very filling meal in their cafe. Highly recommended. 3 year old grandson loved the kids section, including the ride-on ladybirds and the book lorry. We've been before and will doubtless go again when in the area. Oh and the selection of books is pretty amazing too!
Overpriced & greasy
sockmackenzie, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
My friend and I were working in Alnwick and decided to go for breakfast here. In short, it was overpriced and quite greasy. Left me feeling a bit queasy. Give it a miss, is my advice
You can still smell steam engines
This is an amazing place. It used to be good station and is worth visiting even if you are not looking for a second hand book of which their is an ample supply. You can have a quick coffee or visit the station buffet for more choise. I can't do this justice you must visit.
Val_from_Cumbria, Cumbria, United Kingdom
Which was best? Browsing through the myriad of well-catalogued books, or watching the model train drive round overhead, or reading the wise sayings that span the book stacks like paper bridges? This is one of a kind - well worth a visit, especially on a rainy day. There's something for everyone, and coffee in the buffet afterwards!
Heaven of books, culture, music and so on
gersonv180, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
This might be an even better place than the castle or the gardens. What a surprise, what a building, what a murals, what an atmosphere. Simply a great place to spend some hours, strolling around, reading a bit, sitting, having a coffee etc.