Aardvark Cafe

Welcome to Aardvark Café - in the middle of the bookshop!

Our café is open 7 days a week: Coffee and croissant at Aardvark Café

9am-5pm weekdays

10-5pm Saturdays

10-4pm Sundays

apart from 1st January, Easter Sunday, and December 25th and 26th when we are closed.

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 have gluten-free cake available, and bread, and our homemade event soups are always vegan. Don't hesitate to call us if you would like more information about allergens or ingredients.

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.

Coffee & Walnut cake on plate

Our cakes are all freshly made by Jo Bebbington (of Curiositea in Church Stretton) and there is always a good range of treats often made with fresh local ingredients in season.

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 High Ground Coffees, which supplies us with excellent Fair Trade medium-roasted coffee.

The decaffeinated Colombian coffee is produced by the waterwash method, which preserves the flavour and ensures a better quality decaffeinated drink.

Marimba Melts 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, ice creams and much more.


   This is our own dark chocolate and ginger tiffin!

It may not look much, but it's very chocolatey - and gingery!





 Aardvark Café Menu

Homemade Cakes 2.50 per slice

Victoria Sandwich

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

Vegan Flapjack - £2.20 each

and other seasonal variations!

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

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


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 227g packs in the café.
We also sell Bassanio Coffee Beans, Price: £8.50 per pack of 500g.


Dark, Milk or White chocolate flakes melted into milk, with bitter cherry (for the dark hot chocolate) 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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