Aardvark Cafe

Welcome to Aardvark Café!

Our Café in the middle of the bookshop is open 7 days a week: 9am-5pm weekdays, 10-5pm Saturdays, 10-4pm Sundays. (Opening hours are the same as the bookshop). Thinking of bringing a group of 10 or more? Please call us ahead to book, 01547 530744

Even if you don't like books, there is always a reason to come to Aardvark!

If you wish to book a special occasion tea or coffee party, or light lunch (soup and toasties) - please call us 01547 530744 to discuss your requirements. NB Booking essential for groups of 10 or more.

Please inform us of special dietary requests. We usually have gluten-free cake available, and our homemade event soups are always vegetarian, and often vegan. Don't hesitate to call us if you would like more information.


Valentine's heart-shaped eclairs

Coffee & Walnut cake on plate We are pleased to say our Aardvark Café remains a popular venue where you can order your tea, coffee and cake, or a light soup lunch, perhaps with a croque-monsieur, and have them brought to you as you browse among the specialist art, cookery and gardening books in the bookshop downstairs.

Our cakes are all freshly made at home by Dawn Howe (of the Chic Brocante), and there is always a good range of treats often made with fresh local ingredients in season.

Amongst Aardvark Café specialities are the popular dark chocolate and stem ginger tiffin and gluten-free almond cake, as well as the classic Victoria sandwich, coffee and walnut cake, carrot cake and lemon drizzle cake.Special diets: we always aim to provide a gluten -free option in the café, and we can cater for special diets, if you call in advance of your visit.

For a light lunch or snack, try our Aardvark Croque-Monsieurs!

Or, Cheese and Ham Toasties in English (we just call them Crocs)- have them with soup, or just served with a little homemade chutney. Mmm, tasty!
And if you like a tomato twist, why not try our Croque Royale - Cheese, ham AND tomato! - for £3.70

We serve fine leaf teas and excellent quality coffee from local suppliers:

Teas are provided by Claire Trumper of Trumpers Teas, a local tea merchant in Hereford, whilst Coffee comes from Highground Coffees, which supplies us with excellent Fair Trade coffee. The decaffeinated coffee is produced by the waterwash method, which preserves the flavour and ensures a better quality decaffeinated drink.

Melting Hot Chocolate, and more soft drinks...

We now have Marimba Melts delicious Dark, Milk or White Hot Chocolate, and we do a wicked Junior Hot Chocolate with whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate buttons!

Popular in summer are Organic Appleteme apple juice, bottled soft drinks and much more.






Cakes at Aardvark Café 2018:

Homemade Cake Selection: (£2.50 per slice)

Cakes made by baker extraordinaire Jo Bebbington of Curiositea Tearooms, Church Stretton.

Our cake selection usually includes the following:

Victoria Sandwich

Fruit, Nut and Seed Flapjack

Gluten-free Almond cake (with seasonal fruit)

Coffee & Walnut cake

Dark Chocolate and Ginger Tiffin (our own recipe!)


Dairy-free Carrot Cake

Lemon Drizzle loaf

and other seasonal variations!

Aardvark TEAS - Leaf Teas and infusions £2.30

Leaf teas supplied by Trumpers Teas, Hereford:

English Breakfast (a blend of Kenyan, Assam & Ceylon)




Earl Grey

Green Tea (Chinese Pi-Lo-Chun)

Lapsang Souchong

Malawian Oolong


Rwandan White Tea

Aardvark COFFEES - all at £2.50

Ground Coffees supplied by High Ground; Fairtrade, medium roast, flavourful ground coffee.

As well as Cappuccino, Latte, Americano and Espresso coffees, we serve cafetières of High Ground Coffee (in order of strength of flavour, mild to strong):

Papua New Guinea - mild, unusual, morning coffee

Colombian De-Caffeinated -The "Lord Byron": a special water-wash decaffeinated coffee, no chemicals used.

Colombian - mild, rounded, most enjoyable

Kenyan Blue Mountain - rounded, smooth, a delightful coffee

Sumatran - perhaps our most popular medium-strength coffee

Brazilian/Honduras blend - strong flavour, full-bodied.

If you like our Aardvark Coffees, you can buy a 227g pack in the café for £5.50. We also sell Bassanio Coffee Beans, Price: £8.50 per pack of 500g.


Marimba Hot Chocolate Melts - Dark, Milk or White chocolate, with bitter cherry (for the dark hot chocolate) or hazelnut syrup if desired!

Junior Hot chocolate with any or all of the following: cream, marshmallows, chocolate flake bar...

SOUPS (served with Swift's bread, and butter) £3.70

Selection subject to availability, we usually have a selection of 3 or 4 different soups.For our events, homemade vegan, gluten-free soup is usually available.

Gluten-free bread is available, please ask.


£3.40, or £3.70 for a Croque Royale

Our toasties with tasty cheese and juicy ham are served with a choice of chutney. Made with Swift's Bakery granary sliced bread. Can be varied: cheese only, ham only, cheese & tomato, ham & tomato, or the Croque Royale combination of Cheese, ham AND fresh tomato... excellent value as a lunch snack, or at any time of day!





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