Welcome to High Peak Bookstore and Café, formerly Bookstore Brierlow Bar.
  • 95% of books less than half price

  • An extensive and eclectic range of fiction and non-fiction titles

  • Dedicated children's room

  • Traditional and contemporary greeting cards

  • Fresh food in a friendly atmosphere

  • Fairtrade coffee and award-winning loose leaf teas

  • Large, free car park

  • Dogs welcome throughout the bookstore

  • Outdoor seating for alfresco eating in fine weather

  • Great selection of blues, jazz, classical, folk and big band CDs

  • Extensive range of local area interest books

  • Bird feeders and food for your feathered friends

Opening times

We are open 7 days a week:

Monday: 9.30am-5.30pm

Tuesday: 9.30am-5.30pm

Wednesday: 9.30am-5.30pm

Thursday: 9.30am-5.30pm

Friday: 9.30am-5.30pm

Saturday: 9.30am-5.30pm

Sunday: 10.30am-5.00pm

We are closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The Café

High Peak Bookstore Café is a great place to relax. We serve freshly-ground coffee, and excellent range of loose leaf teas, as well as a range of light meals, cakes and snacks.

We have recently opened our new kitchen, now serving paninis, sandwiches, soups, quiche and salad. The emphasis here is very much on 'home-made', including our own pesto, dressings, and soups.

The café kitchen is open between midday and 3pm serving lunch, but there are plans to eventually extend opening for breakfast and teas. Please check before you visit.

Throughout the day you can also enjoy our Gold Award winning loose leaf 'Novus' teas, our Fair Trade freshly ground coffee, and hot chocolate. There's also a range of scrumptious treats to choose from including cakes and cookies.

As well as hot drinks, we sell refreshing soft drinks with a twist on the traditional, such as cola, lemonade, milkshakes and juice.

The coffee shop closes half-an-hour before the bookstore.

About High Peak Bookstore and Café

High Peak Bookstore and Café opened in 2000, as 'Bookstore Brierlow Bar' on the site of the former Bagshaw's garage on Ashbourne Road, just outside of Buxton . Proprietor David McPhie brought his experience in selling books and records to Buxton, after his previous successes at Hassop Station, and the renowned record store 'Some Kind of Mushroom', in Chesterfield.

Originally Bookstore Brierlow Bar occupied half of the building. When the other half became available, David bought the site and extended the bookstore across all 5,000 square feet.

The bookstore's success happened almost immediately, and is partly down to its perfect location, in the heart of the Peak District, which is easily accessed from cities and towns including Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield, Chesterfield.

The popularity of the surrounding towns of Buxton, Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock, as well as the many outdoor attractions of the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorland, make High Peak Bookstore and Café an ideal location, and a destination on its own merits.

In the summer of 2016, the bookstore saw a key change, as David McPhie stepped back to semi-retire, handing responsibility over to daughter Louisa, who had been working as a teacher. Benefiting from the same energy and creative imagination that motivated her father, Louisa has embraced this opportunity, and has already made big changes to secure a bright future for the bookshop.

Louisa opened our coffee shop in September 2016. This has proved to be a real success, and a welcome facility for our customers. The coffee shop is managed by Louisa McPhie's friend, Lisa Hutchinson, who had also been working as a teacher before taking on the café manager role.

Our prime focus will always be on books though, and, working with bookstore manager Liz Mycock, and with some initial guidance from David, Louisa has now taken on the responsibility for book-buying – ensuring that we maintain our reputation for quality titles on a wide range of specialised subjects, our literature and children's sections – and non-book sales such as our greeting cards.

2017 has already seen further exciting changes, including the opening of our new kitchen to serve light meals at lunchtimes. Perhaps most noticeable is our change of name. We are now called 'High Peak Bookstore and Café', which more accurately defines the broader geographical and cultural position our customers recognise we occupy.

We'll keep our website updated with the latest news and events from High Peak Bookstore and Café, so make sure you bookmark us, follow us on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and of course visit us soon.

Liz Mycock, Louisa McPhie and Lisa Hutchinson of High Peak Bookstore and Café, Brierlow Bar, Buxton

Liz Mycock, Louisa McPhie and Lisa Hutchinson of High Peak Bookstore and Café, Brierlow Bar, Buxton


Two marvellous evening of entertaining history to enjoy this February.

A local history of Buxton On Tuesday, February 20th, come along to High Peak Bookstore and Café to enjoy a presentation on ‘A local history of Buxton and its surrounding area’, by Netta Christie of ‘Discover Buxton’. The presentation promises to be entertaining and informative, and begins at 7pm. Entry is £5 payable at the …

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High Peak Bookstore and Café
Ashbourne Road
SK17 9PY

Tel: 01298 71017


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