Scarthin Books, Cromford

June 18, 2013

This is the first of what will be four posts from my little wander up north with the accomplice. In some ways, this is the easiest, because it’s actually a bit of a cheat. The café at Scarthin Books is a lovely adjunct to the main attraction, one of the finest new and second-hand bookshops in which I’ve ever had the pleasure of finding myself. Situated in Cromford on the edge of the Peak District, near Matlock (and an easy drive from the M1), Scarthin Books has a well-deserved reputation and visitors will not be disappointed. The range and calibre of volumes is exceptional and the place keeps on revealing little nooks and crannies stuffed with rare or uncommon tomes, including a small collection of antiquaria in the loo.  Alongside this cornucopia of literary joy, the café serves a variety of vegetarian foodstuffs and pretty decent filter coffee. The flapjack was soft and gooey and a lemon cake had lovely, creamy, sticky icing. So do as we did, sit yourself down, pre- or post-browsing, and luxuriate in a rare treat of a place.

Scarthin Books, Cromford, Derbyshire, DE4 3QF

Website with details

Also on Twitter: @scarthinbooks

Scarthin Books

A view from the door to the cafe

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There is a patio.

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A tree has encroached; this is a good thing.

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Bespoke mug.





2 Responses to “Scarthin Books, Cromford”

  1. Glad you enjoyed it – it is a local hidden gem. Kids love it too

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