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The Hungry Bookworm

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Abbey Street, Loughrea, Ireland
+353 91 870 585
Tue - Sat 09:30 - 17:30
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Now, the west of Ireland didn't used to be the easiest place to find gluten-free food. The world still isn't the easiest place to find a bookshop that serves good food. So when we found the "Hungry Bookworm" we were happy bunnies! All the usual questions about preparation got all the right answers. And then. And then Angel came to... More 

Thank Richard B
Level Contributor
47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across this charming café by chance and were absolutely delighted to have found such a gem. We enjoyed a glass of wine and a plate of delicious tapas on a Sunday afternoon. The owner was extremely welcoming and friendly and we will certainly return if we are exploring the area again.

Thank Gemralph
County Galway, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The staff go out of their way in this little jewel of a restaurant. The food accommodates vegan veg and meat eaters. The dishes are so varied i was spoiled for choice. The ambience is wonderful and the staff are always friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating to all demands.

Thank Vivienne M
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
Reviewed 23 April 2017

title says it all. shockingly bad. where do you get your staff? am i real now? very poor show, says vegan friendly, till they plant chicken abortions before you.

Thank Jp G
Alice M B, Manager at The Hungry Bookworm, responded to this review

In the six years we have been in business we have never felt the need to respond to a review as we feel to respond to this one. We remember the two of you well and know that you are living in a local estate in Loughrea. We do not feel the need to respond to your comments that our... More 

Galway, Ireland
1 review
Reviewed 22 April 2017

our server, who identified herself a Lorna after she was repeatedly asked, showed absolute contempt and disregard for our well being. the food was bland, and surroundings more so. Avoid at all costs.

Thank makieuppieland
Alice M B, Manager at The Hungry Bookworm, responded to this review

In the six years we have been in business we have never felt the need to respond to a review as we feel the need to respond to this one. We remember the two of you well and know that you are living in a local estate in Loughrea. We do not feel the need to respond to your comments... More 

Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

It was a very busy day with a large group arriving just before us putting stress on everyone yet we were welcomed, kept informed and offered alternatives where needed. Travelling for an extended time means trying (forcing myself) to make good food choices where one can so Super Salad it was. What I got was an unexpected taste sensation -... More 

Thank cfma2000
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Evening tapas menu is fabulous. One of those menu's where you want to order everything. Ordered 4 tapas between two of us with side of chips which was more than enough and very reasonably priced. My favourite was the potted crab and the fish cakes were to die for!! Highly recommend this cosy comfy place for night out. 🍷

Thank Joanne M
Galway, Ireland
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

This place is beyond special! In this crazy, chaotic, stressful world we're living in, there's no better place to go. Sit back on a comfy couch, dine on sumptuous delights, chill out with a glass/bottle of wine and read a book. Thats right...there's books...a library of books! Alice and Angel are the perfect hosts. Food is to die for! Gluten... More 

2 Thank takemetothesales
1 review
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

A great place to meet, the food is out of this world "superb" the best vegetarian restaurant in loughrea Co. Galway

Thank Éirigh É
Level Contributor
45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Met 2 friends for lunch-good menu with healthy options.Food cooked to order-very well presented with great flavours. Staff very friendly.Would definitely recommend this restaurant and would return.

Thank Dublin_IrelandMaria

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 13 - USD 30
Cafe, European, Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Abbey Street, Loughrea, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Galway  >  Loughrea
  • Phone Number: +353 91 870 585
The Hungry Bookworm is a cool place to chill with a book and a glass of wine, or enjoy good company in our great atmosphere. Choose from a variety of delicacies on our very reasonable menu ranging from Spanish tapas to our chef's own variations on classic dishes from around the world. Our highly trained baristas will also be happy to make you any gourmet coffee or tea you feel in the mood for. So pop in, read a book and relax in the warm comfort of The Hungry Bookworm.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?