A home for the Big Bairn

Dundee bookworms rejoice; your favourite bookstore is back, now with added tea

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A home for the big bairn

There’s nothing sadder than when the shutters go down on a much-loved local institution. When news arrived that Douglas Hill’s book emporium Big Bairn Books would close, Dundonians gave a collective sigh – only to raise a cheer when fellow independent, Madigan’s Food Emporium, stepped into the fray to reveal their tearoom and deli would keep the bookshop alive.

Now renamed Madigan’s Tearoom & Bookstore, the café offers up a tasty array of sandwiches, cakes and soups, as well as the chance to relax and enjoy the books on offer. Wendy Scullin, who runs the tearoom, says customers are enjoying the extra twist on the original café design: ‘We thought the books would make an interesting addition. We still function as a tearoom, but it’s nice to see people come in to enjoy the books now too.’

Madigan's Tearoom and Bookstore

25 Castle Street, Dundee, DD1 3AA

This quirky little tearoom brings a slice of the boho to Dundee city centre. Offering excellent soups, sandwiches, cakes, good value afternoon teas, jacket potatoes and sharing platters, the owner sources locally, with coffee in particular coming just a…

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