The Old Library Café

** UPDATE **

The Old Library Cafe will reopen for Crib Time on Wednesday June 8th

CribCornish dialect. A mid-morning break for a snack.

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Crib Time at The Old Library Cafe
Pay What You Decide

Crib Time at The Old Library Cafe is a trial run. As we start to take tentative steps away from the turmoil, we want to offer something to our local community. At intoBodmin we felt that people, although anxious and wary, needed opportunities to interact with others once again, to enjoy some physically distanced social interactions in a safe and pleasant environment, with nice food and drinks.


Starting back in May 2020, a couple of volunteers set about getting this space in order to create a productive veg garden and outdoor seating area. We hope you like it.

The cafe is being run by Grace. She is supported by a small team of volunteers who range from college students to retirees, and who do the cooking, make drinks and take your order. All the soups and cakes are made in our kitchen, and using produce from our garden wherever possible. The people who are using the cafe range from families with young children, tourists and regulars who come in daily, and everyone can expect a warm welcome. 

We are running this trial on a Pay What You Decide basis. This means that what you pay today is entirely up to you. You may want to pay what you’d normally expect to in a cafe, you may pay what you can afford, you may not pay anything or you may pay more. The cafe is here to serve the whole community and to support those who need coffee, cake and a chat. Whatever you decide, is fine by us, so long as you help us spread the word and encourage others to come and enjoy The Old Library Cafe.

Covid Safety:


Please be assured we have socially distanced tables inside and outside in our courtyard. We provide hand sanitiser, free facemasks if you forget yours, and track and trace systems. 

CAFE:  Weds, Thurs, Fri | 10:30am-2pm
BAR: Usually open during evening events
ACCESS: The Cafe is situated on the ground floor, with wheelchair access to the rear (to the right of the main entrance). The building has two disabled toilets and a baby changing facility.  

Price Guide

During Crib Time, you choose to pay whatever you like - but if you’re not sure where to start here are some suggested prices.


Help cover our costs

This is approximately how much it costs us to produce your food and drink.

Tea: 15p

Coffee: 50p

Cake: 80p

Soup: 80p


Help cover our overheads

This helps us pay our rent, utilities, staff and other overheads.

Tea: £1

Coffee: £2

Cake: £1.50

Soup: £3


Help us invest in the community

Any profit we make goes to help intoBodmin continue to deliver community work and develop new things, and allows us to continue running Crib Time at The Old Library Café.

Tea: £2

Coffee: £2.70

Cake: £3

Soup: £5

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The Old Library Cafe Garden

Our very own vegetable garden and outdoor seating area. Fresh produce from our garden is used in our dishes. From garden to plate - you can't get much fresher than that! 


Photos by Hayley Armour

Gardening Group
Each Thursday, 10-11am | The Old Library Garden | Free   

Come and join our small social gardening group as we help maintain and develop the Old Library Cafe Garden. Join the group of enthusiastic and friendly volunteers who look after the indoor and outdoor plants. No experience needed, just enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in! No need to book, just drop in on a Thursday morning between 10am and 11am to join in. 
To find out more about the art exhibitions and other fantastic events at The Old Library Cafe and beyond, visit the BOX OFFICE