Comfy, cosy, and creative places to curl up and read a book
Here at Muddy, we love getting lost in a good book, so here’s a list of some of our fave spots across Leicestershire and Rutland to enjoy a fiction and flat white especially on a rainy day.
The Rutland Bookshop, Rutland
Okay, so you might struggle to actually sit down in this off-beat bookshop, but that’s only because all three floors of this beautiful bookshop are chock full of incredible titles for you to explore. Opened in 1979 this is a family-run bookshop with a rich history of its own and the perfect place for visitors to discover new tomes. I recommend a natter with owner Lucy who can give you a fantastic bookish adventure across all of the quirky floors to find your next read.
Tip: Hop over to coffee house, Scandimania and make a start on your new book, whilst tucking into a freshly baked Scandi treat as the rest of the world passes you by.
Outerspace Cafe, Leicester
Disguised as as unassuming garden and home store, Outerspace actually feels like a secret city sanctuary. Green fingered gardeners will love the range of garden decor from ornate water foundations and to quirky garden accessories. In the small cafe, little stone buddhas are ready to welcome you in and tasteful neutral colours accentuate a gorgeous arrangement of hanging lights, mini-terrariums and ivy dangling from the ceiling making it a perfect, quiet and an uber zen place to hunker down with a bestseller and a cappuccino. Enjoy a relaxed read and try not to leave too green with garden envy.
Old Curiosity Bookshop, Loughborough
Inspired by the classic tea rooms of the 1930s Tina Walford has decorated the tearoom with original furniture from the era, complementing it with hand embroidered tablecloths, delicate bone china and sparkling silver teaspoons. The tearoom can be found at the end of a corridor of books (of course), making it the perfect place to hide away with your own book. Revel over the titles on offer, from vintage classics to contemporary fiction and non-fiction and enjoy a herbal tea or two from your dainty teacup.
Eye Kettleby Lakes Tea Room, Melton Mowbray
Part of a family-run fishery, this cosy tearoom is set amidst 150 acres of picturesque rolling Leicestershire countryside. The tearoom is actually quite spacious but still has an inviting, and intimate, pine-log cabin feel to it. Nab one of the comfy armchairs or sofa seats at the end of the restaurant and settle in with a hot chocolate and the latest book from one of our recommendations here. Gaze through the windows to enjoy tranquil views of nature whilst you stay warm by the roaring fireplace. If you’re visiting with a friend, order the afternoon tea while you discuss your recent reads between bites of home-made cakes and delicate finger sandwiches.
No. 56, Kibworth, Kibworth
Entering this charming little cafe feels more like walking into a treasure trove of wonders. Sure they serve up a delicious menu but what I didn’t expect to find was a whole host of beautifully wrought hand-crafted pieces for sale, or a full calendar of artistic workshops on pottery, embroidery, glass fusion and copper arts. You really do feel like you’re being welcomed by a community of warm and friendly artists. And there are lots of inviting cosy corners to choose from but we liked the small sofa in the cafe area, hidden from street view – ideal for adventuring between the pages.
Tip: Pop down the road and visit Muddy award-winner, Kibworth Books where you can spoil yourself with a classic or contemporary novel before settling down at No 56.
The Barn Tea Room at Rockingham, Market Harborough
This converted barn has an old school charm filled with quaint furniture, mismatched china and large vintage lampshades. Some of the fanciful crockery even sits in display cabinets alongside jars of homemade local honeys and condiments that you can buy to take home. Without a doubt the best nook to enjoy your book from here is from the comfort of one of the granny print armchairs which sits rather fortuitously in front of a crackling log burner.
Do you have any favourite spots to read a book? Let me know in the comment section below.
Words by Farah Ghouri