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The Hungry Bookworm

Abbey Street, Loughrea, Ireland
+353 91 870 585
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“tapas” (23 reviews)
“falafel” (13 reviews)
“mezze plate” (7 reviews)
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Cafe, European, Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Abbey Street, Loughrea, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an absolutely amazing experience here a few days ago, the staff went out of their way to make us comfortable and ensure that our food was perfect. So wonderful to have requests for vegan food answered with such enthusiasm! Loved every minute of...More

Thank Jesspeach5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this little gem on a Thursday afternoon in June with my elderly mom, best friend and my daughter. Both myself and my daughter are vegan and to say we were spoiled rotten is an understatement! The chef, a fabulous lady, had such enthusiasm to...More

Thank jonidinks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch last week in the Hungry Bookworm. Loved the name and the food was wonderful. We had the Thai fishcakes and a cajun chicken salad - both were served with fabulously fresh salads and were very tasty and freshly cooked. The service was...More

Thank VinceandMary
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend+i had lunch here yesterday.there was such a great choice.I have eaten here a few times+the food seems to get better+better.the portions are big but absolutely gorgeous.its a lovely place.looking forward to my next visit.

Thank Imelda B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've ate here a few times and each time is better than the last. The Falafel was delicious on my last visit. Its lovely to have somewhere that caters for healthy eating in the county. I'd rate The Hungry Bookworm along the same lines as...More

Thank Elaine D
Reviewed 19 May 2017

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...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 18 May 2017

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...More

Thank Gemralph
Reviewed 28 April 2017 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...More

Thank Vivienne M
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.More

Thank Jp G
Alice M B, Manager at The Hungry Bookworm, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

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...More

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.More

Thank makieuppieland
Alice M B, Manager at The Hungry Bookworm, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

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...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$30
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
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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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