Book and Kitchen is a bookshop with a small cafe, art gallery and events space, hosting literary evenings, supper clubs, music nights and more. We opened our doors on the wonderfully-named All Saints Road in the spring of 2013, and our aim is to combine the literary and culinary in a fresh and modern setting.
We are a neighbourhood bookshop integrated in the thriving local community, through the host of events and activities across all age groups and interests.
Book and Kitchen isn’t just a retail space selling books. It is also a social hub where people can flick through a second hand book over a coffee, enjoy a salad with a game of backgammon or get stuck into a random discussion with other visitors. We live by the motto Eat, Drink, Read, Talk.
Specially designed over two floors to have a welcoming environment in an informal setting – it feels more like an eclectic study than a shop. This is reflected in the books we stock (from fiction, non-fiction, philosophy through to cookery and children) which grows organically with the shop based on our interests and customer suggestions.
We have many returning customers who use the space to just think and work either downstairs in the cafe or, if it’s sunny, on the outside terrace. Some people are in love with the books and some just love to eat!
We joke that pretty much everything you see at Book and Kitchen is for sale!
You can buy a piece of original art from one of our resident artists or choose from a great range of prints from artists such as Tor Freeman, Helen Hancocks, Caroline Binch, Sabrina Rowan-Hamilton and one off photography prints by Ben Buchanan and Alastair MacNaughton.
There’s also a selection of decorative items – such as Melody Rose’s beautiful up-cycled ceramics and Peter Ibruegger mugs – which make great gift items.
In addition, if you are looking for bespoke services – we have a Library Service that can design a starter kit of books for adults, special interest or children that are unique and can form the building block of a growing library. With our Library Design Services, we can help our customers to design a modern and eclectic environment for their study, library or reference center including furnishing and book selection. Or if it’s the shop itself that catches your eye then come and talk to us about private hire.