Coffee at The Bookcafe, Derby

Corn Market, Derby DE1 1QH, UK
The Bookcafe is one of the jewels in Derby's independent cafe crown. A cafe by day, a bar and restaurant in the evenings, it's got a certain charm that makes it pretty unique.

Firstly, let's talk about the decor...

When you walk in you're greeted with countless books adorning shelves that line the walls of the cafe. It's very spacious inside, with plenty of different seating options: tables, sofas, or ridiculously comfy chairs with the plumpest of cushions.

As you can already see, the decor is nothing short of beautiful, with a huge chandelier hanging from the ceiling, and also vintage bits and bobs dotted about the place. Part of the charm of The Bookcafe comes purely from the stunning decoration; it gives it something you just can't emulate in a coffee shop chain.

Apparently, the Grade II listed building where Bookcafe resides used to be a bank. Bookcafe moved there in 2009 and restored it to its former glory. (And let's face it, they've done a fantastic job, haven't they?)

The atmosphere is really relaxed in there. Unlike a lot of cafes, there aren't countless people tucked away in corners, tapping away at keyboards. On my visits there, I've noticed the lack of worker bees. Bookcafe doesn't really seem to attract them. (There's probably a good reason for that, which I'll get on to in a minute.)

Coffee at The Bookcafe, Derby

The cappuccino was perfect by my (picky) standards. Not too bitter, not too milky. Just right.

My drink was competitively priced, coming in at £2.25. Looking at the menu, the food is slightly expensive, but you're paying a premium for locally sourced ingredients.

Admittedly, I haven't sampled the food that The Bookcafe has to offer, but I've heard and seen nothing but great things about the menu.

What's The Verdict?

I personally really love this cafe. It's just different. Bookcafe oozes charm, and it's not just a carbon copy of other places.

The cafe also transforms into a bar and restaurant on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm. So, if you can't make it for lunch, or coffee, you're not going to miss out.

The only criticism I have is that you only get 15 minutes free wifi. In a way, that's a good thing, because it forces us off our devices and encourages us to spend more time with our noses in the many books dotted around.

All in all, it's a really great asset to the city. If you haven't been already, what are you waiting for?

Pssst: The Bookcafe also has a secret floor, which is home to The Gin Palace. (Maybe that's inspiration for another post, eh?)

The Bookcafe
21 Cornmarket,

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