We all know that independent bookshops are a dying breed, but they wouldn’t be if they were all as good as Jaffé and Neale.
“The cosy little cafe in this busy independent bookshop on the main square serves delicious cakes and coffees at tables squeezed between the bookshelves, or in the cosy upstairs reading lounge with sofas.”
Lonely Planet Guide 2020
A lifetime working in the Book selling gave us not only a passion for books, but an insight into what worked and what didn’t. We talked for a long time about starting our own business, but in fact when it eventually happened, it was all very fast. Jaffé and Neale book shop launched in 2006 in West Street, Chipping Norton. Our focus from the start was on good books and good customer service, and that hasn’t changed.
In 2006 we bought our current premises in the centre of Chipping Norton. The shop was big enough to realise the second part of our vision: a café which would form a bustling hub for the community; a place where people could meet and chat, surrounded by wonderful books.
There is little better than a good book, but great coffee and amazing cakes come pretty close. We are perfectly placed in the Market Square to watch the comings and goings of Chipping Norton, so whether you fancy a cappuccino or an espresso, mint tea or good old fashioned builder’s, grab a table and watch the world go by.
Jaffé and Neale café is stocked with Aga-baked cakes made by the rather brilliant Ceci in her local Chadlington kitchen, so you can fuel your bodies as well as your mind. From a classic Victoria Sponge to a delicious gluten-free Clementine Cake, we’ll always have something to appeal. If you’re in need of energy, our ‘fifty mile fruit cake’ (so named after it kept Patrick going on an epic fundraising trek) will hit the spot.
We also have a wide range of gifts, cards and stationery that have been carefully selected from a variety of beautiful brands.
We are fortunate to have a dedicated team who are all as passionate about books, and about Jaffé and Neale, as we are, and there is nothing more exciting to us than talking to a customer about what to read next.
If you haven’t visited us yet, and you’re planning a trip to the Cotswolds, do come in and say hello. We’d love to see you.
Patrick Neale and Polly Jaffé.