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A roaring fireplace, a cup of coffee, and a good book: Pulp BookCafé is a novel way to spend a day.

The ultimate book lovers hideaway, Pulp BookCafé opened in May to bring Gold Creek a community hub and café with a literary twist.

Owned by Rebecca and Glen Larsen, Pulp (named after the pulp fiction genre, the material that books are made of, and orange juice pulpyes really) was born from Rebecca’s love of the written word.

 

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With eclectic and cosy interiors that include a wall of bookcases, a large leather couch (perfect for curling up on a Canberra winter day), and an al fresco area for when the weather’s a bit warmer (remember those good old days?), Rebecca describes the atmosphere as “the feeling of being in your mum’s lounge room.” 

“We kind of always wanted to open something that wasn’t a pub and wasn’t a café but something that was kind of like a community hub,” she explains. 

“We just felt like there wasn’t really anything like that in the north. It started out as my little dream of getting out of teaching and having a little book shop and then it kind of took on a life of its own.”

But unlike mum’s lounge room, Pulp not only offers a drool-worthy collection of books Rebecca and Glen have planned an all-day breakfast menu and delicious lunch menu to go along with your newest novel. 

 

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Bacon and egg rolls, bircher muesli topped with a saffron poached pear, and French toast with ricotta mousse and fresh berries are just some of the breakfast offerings while burgers, fish and chips, grilled halloumi salad, and a decadent Reuben sandwich are available for lunch. 

But the real highlight is the Pulp ploughman’s lunch: a large harvest platter with prosciutto, salami, focaccia, olives, and feta. Designed to be shared, it’s perfect for a long literary catch-up with friends. 

Keeping the vibe casual and fun (which sometimes includes spontaneous “daggy” dances in the middle of the café) all five members of the Larsen family are working on the floor at some stage of the week. But it’s Rebecca who carefully handpicks each book, making her the perfect person to suggest what you should add to your TBR pile next.  

“I do a lot of research and I read a lot of booksI try and read about 150 books a year!” she says. 

“Even though it’s books that I like or I’ve read or I want to read it’s still a really eclectic mix, but I won’t get every bestseller…I’m getting to know the people who come in and buy the books and what kind of books they like, it adds that personal touch,”

Strongly believing that “all stories are love stories”—which, incidentally, is Pulp’s motto—the Larsens try to infuse that personal touch with everything they do, making love the essence of the café.  

“We really want to form kind of a hub where we know the people and the people know us and that all stems from love,” says Rebecca. 

“I think every story really is a love story, even if it’s a tragedy and love is at the essence of everything. And that’s kind of what we wanted to have at the heart of the café.”

Available for bookings out of business hours for book clubs and functions and with a liquor license in the works, keep an eye on Pulp’s social media pages: your next book adventure might be accompanied by a warm dinner, some live music, and a glass of wine. 

Personally, we’re hoping for Tequila Mockingbird…get it? 

THE ESSENTIALS 

What:  Pulp BookCafé
When: 9 am – 4 pm, Monday to Sunday
Where: 6/18 O’Hanlon Pl, Nicholls
Web: facebook.com/pulpbookcafe 

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