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About Us

We would like to offer you a warm welcome to our website.

We are an AWARD WINNING INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP & COFFEE BAR with an OUTDOOR TERRACE, in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. We have lovely books, cards, and gift wrap for all occasions, as well as prints, toys, maps, diaries, calendars and a miscellany of other gifts.
You can come and enjoy delicious cakes, light lunches and drinks in our friendly, comfortable cafe & relaxing garden Terrace, with FREE WiFi indoors & out! We also organise a host of book related events every month, such as our Bloomin' Words Cabaret evenings, and regular storytime for children every week. You can join our loyalty card schemes for books and the coffee bar to gain offers and discounts, and receive our monthly e-news.

Set in the heart of Yorkshire, White Rose BookCafe is a family business based in Thirsk. Sue Lake and her late father Steve Clements opened the shop in Thirsk in October 1995, to offer a modern, quality bookselling environment. Sue’s sister assists in the running of the bookshop, along with eight other great members of staff.

Our investment in technology gives us access to all British and American books in print, and enables us to dispatch orders at lightning speed; usually overnight! Many a local reader has been amazed when their lunchtime book order has been in the shop the next morning!
As locals we specialise in the best maps, walking guides and local interest titles for the area, as well as prints, cards and calendars.
We reward our regular customers with our Privilege Cardholders Discount Scheme, and our new Coffee Bar loyalty card is proving very popular too!

All our staff aim to offer fantastic customer service and
go that 'extra mile' to help and advise you.