Book browsing heaven

With a welcoming café

In the heart of the Peak


Opening times

Monday - Satuday 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Sunday 10:30AM - 5:00PM

Café closes 30 minutes before closing time
We are closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


Find us

High Peak Bookstore and Café
Ashbourne Road, Buxton. SK17 9PY

The Shop

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


Large, free car park


Dogs welcome throughout the bookstore


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


Disabled accessibility with a wheelchair accessible toilet

The Café

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

Serving paninis, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, soups, Homity pie and salad, the emphasis here is very much on 'home-made', including our own pesto, dressings, and soups.

The café kitchen is open:

Monday - Satuday 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Sunday 10:30AM - 4:30PM

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

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

View our menu here.

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0129 871017

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About Us

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.