Situated within the stunning Bowes Museum, Café Bowes offers an idyllic setting for your requirements, be it morning coffee, afternoon teas, a delicious lunch or just a snack.
In the kitchen, Dawn Gibson creates beautiful food by sourcing the very best produce from local suppliers.
Suppliers include meat from Peats’ Butchers in Barnard Castle, cheese from Cotherstone Cheese and Teesdale Cheesemakers and fish from Hodgson’s of Hartlepool, among others.
The menu boasts delicious dishes including Bowes Rarebit, with ‘Old Peculiar’ Wensleydale cheese, Barnard Castle beer and bourbon & black treacle bacon; Pasta Bolognese made with both Teesdale fell lamb and rare breed pork; and not forgetting the ever-popular Smoked Haddock Chowder. Drinks include a Bowes Special G’N’T featuring Durham gin, beers from Barnard Castle Brewery just yards from the Museum or cider from Orchards of Husthwaite in North Yorkshire.
Alternatively, if guests are just after a light bite then there is a selection of tasty in house homemade cakes, biscuits and scrumptious scones that can be accompanied by a selection of teas, coffees and soft drinks or even a glass of bubbly.
Entry to Café Bowes is free.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Dinner 2-course||£10.00 average price per head|
|Lunch||£5.00 average price per head|
|Sunday Lunch||£9.00 average price per head|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good456
- NormaLakeMagnificent BuildingSunday, 3rd September 2023What a magnificent place to visit. Very French looking. The grounds are great for walking. We didn’t manage to get into the building due to the no dog policy but still good to visit. Didn’t manage to... Read full review
- Barb DUnited KingdomLittle Known GemThursday, 14th September 2023Great museum in lovely town. Very friendly informative helpful staff. Fascinating history of collection. Read full review
- 12rebeccagSouth Cave, United KingdomWonderful serene placeThursday, 14th September 2023What an amazing place - don’t fret about the entry fee it’s worth every penny ! The restaurant is also excellent and not overpriced - we had a wonderful day and will return Read full review
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
|2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
* Opens at 10am with last orders at 4.20pm.