‘...a template for what an independent bookshop should be ’
– Country Life

Contact: 01547 530 744

Business Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tues - Fri: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sat: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Aardvark Café

Welcome to the Cafe in the middle of the bookshop!

Coffee with books and toy aardvark
For current job opportunities please see below

We serve Trumper's leaf teas, savorous ground coffees, melting Marimba hot chocolate, delicious homemade cakes AND light lunches

You can eat and drink inside, or in fine weather at our tables outside the bookshop.

Front of Bookshop May 2021 

For more information, and to book for group visits, call us on 01547 530744.

Booking needed for large groups of more than eight, please!

Our cakes are made by Chelsea and her team at Kingsland Village Shop and Tea Room:  the delicious gluten-free almond & fruit cake, coffee & walnut cake, Victoria sponge, chocolate cake and lemon drizzle loaf are all popular.

Light lunches / snacks: we usually have a range of soups, served with Bread2Bake bread from Ludlow, and we serve toasted sandwiches too, including gluten-free options. 

A special triple toastie outside!

Our Aardvark Coffees

We serve high quality ground coffees:  why not enjoy a cafetière of medium roast, flavourful coffee. 

At the moment we can offer you:
Colombian - mild, rounded, most enjoyable
Kenyan Blue Mountain - rounded, smooth, a delightful coffee                                 Brazilian Honduras  - a strong, full-bodied coffee, ideal to get you started on a cold day!

Marimba Melts Hot Chocolate

Smooth, creamy hot chocolate melts, made with real chocolate flakes: choose from Milk, Dark, White or Sugar-free chocolate. Can be served with cream and marshmallows if desired!

Trumpers Leaf Teas

We are delighted that Claire Trumper has continued to supply us with her delicately flavoured quality leaf teas. Try her English Breakfast blend, the subtle Earl Grey, the light Darjeeling or the special Green Tea and we think you'll agree!

We welcome everyone, and have disabled access to the cafe which is on the ground floor.

We are also dog-friendly! Dogs on leads and their well-behaved owners welcome.

Any questions, or to book for a group, please call us 01547 530744.

Bookshop and Café     opening hours 2024:

NB!    We will be CLOSED on

Sunday 31st March 2024   (Easter Sunday)

and then OPEN on

Monday April 1st 2024 (Easter Monday)

We are open 6 days a week:

Tuesday - Sunday

10am - 4pm

NB:  We are usually CLOSED on Mondays, apart from Bank Holiday Mondays.

 A Big Thank You!

We wish to thank all our customers, regular and occasional, and the many groups who continue to visit us, whether walkers, cycling clubs from Leominster, Knighton, or Ludlow, motorcycle groups from all over the country or even from time to time, vintage motoring societies.


 Introducing Byron, the youngest member of the Aardvark Team!

 Byron the dog in front of the art bookshelves

We are looking for a Café Assistant at Aardvark Books and Café!

Are you cheerful, practical, and excellent with people?
Do you enjoy preparing and serving food and maintaining a clean and orderly environment?
If you are interested  in joining our small, friendly team, you may be the person we are looking for!

The job is located at The Bookery in the village of Brampton Bryan, a large bookshop with a café at its centre. The role primarily involves serving customers and visitors to the café, but also assisting in the bookshop as needed.

Hours: 4 weekdays, (currently Tuesday -Friday) with willingness to work occasional weekend days.

Pay Level: at least National Minimum Wage, £11.50 / hour

Closing date for applications: 7th April 2024

Start date: Tuesday 16th April 2024

Permanent contract may be offered following probationary period of 6 months.

For more information, or to apply:

  • send CV + covering letter to Sarah Swinson, Aardvark Cafe
  • or, email ethelaardvark1@gmail.com with CV and covering letter
  • or, call 01547 530744

We are also looking for cleaning staff, with a few hours availability at weekends.


Please get in touch to discuss hours and rates of pay

  • Please send CV + covering letter to Sarah Swinson, Aardvark Cafe
  • or, email ethelaardvark1@gmail.com with CV and covering letter
  • or, call 01547 530744 for details.