The Company of Books opened on Ranelagh's main street last November. It's a small space, but perfectly formed, with an elegant frontage (pictured). The books are well-presented, mostly single copies which have clearly been selected by an informed and discriminating eye. We spotted two interesting new novels, Emma Donoghue's Booker longlisted Room (likely to make quite a stir over coming months), and Catherine O'Flynn's The News Where You Are (we previously recommended her first novel What Was Lost). A couple more interesting ones - Sybille Bedford's intriguing Jigsaw: an unsentimental education, elegantly reissued by Eland Books, and Joe Moran's On Roads - a hidden history.
You're spoilt for choice for good coffee shops and lunch places in Ranelagh; Eatery 120 is very good and very close to The Company of Books. Excellent places, both.