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The Book Rest

18 The Parade, Exmouth EX8 1RW, England
+44 1395 272888
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good35%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“quiche” (12 reviews)
“cakes” (24 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
18 The Parade, Exmouth EX8 1RW, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a long term vegan I am delighted that the Bookshop Cafe gets better and better. I visit most days for coffee and sometimes lunch - most scones are vegan including cheese option, lunch can be vegan mac and cheese or soup or salads. Always...More

Thank Sareda35
Christian P, Owner at The Book Rest, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you I shall tell the team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I come to the bookrest often. The service is always good. The quality of the food is fab - all homemade and made to order. Love that there are healthy choices (alongside the yummy cakes) Love the slimming world friendly breakfast Really good coffee

Thank Lisa B
Christian P, Owner at The Book Rest, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you I shall tell the team

Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Stumbled upon this cafe ABOVE the book shop. It’s HUGE and has a massive menu ! Breakfast lunch coffees cake ice cream... we had lunch .. and cake ! A smashing fenced play area where parents can sit at a table and the toddlers and...More

Thank doowopwells
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Popped in with my brother. Cafe is above the bookstore. We sat on a sofa overlooking the street. Had 2 very nice Americanos with hot and cold milk. After big meal previous night couldn’t eat any of the large selection of nice cakes. Good service...More

Thank MikeMason
Reviewed 25 September 2018

The breakfast was very good but what struck me more was the amazing array of cakes that they had along the counter. I was soooo tempted but couldn't - I would have been too greedy! This place might be hard to find as the entrance...More

Thank Shaun D
Christian P, Owner at The Book Rest, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Thank you

Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

We were looking for a cafe with plenty of space where we could play cards without causing too much disturbance to other customers. This was perfect. Plenty of choice of seats - sofas or upright - and there is even a "quiet corner" away from...More

Thank helsa417
Christian P, Owner at The Book Rest, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2018

Thankyou, I will pass it onto the team

Reviewed 6 August 2018

I visited the book rest last week to have lunch with two friends and their child. It is mainly vegetarian and kid friendly. The food is very fresh and healthy with an extensive menu and a specials board. The smoothies are superb. There is a...More

Thank SimonC4001
Christian P, Owner at The Book Rest, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Thank you, I will inform the team

Reviewed 19 June 2018

The food is always home made and very tasty. There is a childrens play area which is visible from most tables so parents can have something to eat and drink whilst the children enjoy themselves.

Thank Noteasilypleased666
Christian P, Owner at The Book Rest, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Thank you I will pass this onto the team

Reviewed 9 May 2018

Visited this venue when shopping in Exmouth and loved it!The owners clearly love what they are doing and serve tasty interesting food in an unexpected, delightful environment. I can't wait to go back!

Thank heatheralison2018
Reviewed 15 April 2018

I recommend the Slimming World Breakfast at the Book Rest. Great care taken to prepare the food for those wishing to food optimise with Slimming World. Nothing missing from a "normal" breakfast. Friendly atmosphere with attentive staff.

Thank wendell428
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 The Parade, Exmouth EX8 1RW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exmouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1395 272888
  • E-mail
A large, comfortable coffee shop with access hidden at the back of Best Books. An eclectic mix of tables and large comfortable leather sofas incorporating an enclosed area for parents of toddlers to relax in comfort. The food and cakes are lovingly made by the Book Rest Baker and prepared on site by our friendly team. We cook breakfasts to order from 8.30am until 11.30am. There is a spacious quiet area with picture windows overlooking the street, ideal for people watching. We aim to provide a unique, relaxing atmosphere with the highest quality, freshest food, excellent service and reasonable prices.
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