Café Bowes


The acclaimed Café Bowes is a superb place to spoil yourself, either whilst visiting the Museum or simply as a stand alone dining destination. 

Café Bowes serves high quality fare, featuring locally sourced ingredients. We are renowned for our homemade cakes and scones, and friendly efficient service. In addition to our lunchtime menu, breakfast, light bites and afternoon tea are available.

View the Menu

Celebrate this festive season at Café Bowes. Enjoy gourmet menus with both traditional trimmings and delicious special plates celebrating local winter produce! The Bowes Museum provides a beautiful setting to relax and enjoy your office party or celebrate the festive season with your friends and family.

Festive menu available from Saturday 1 December to Sunday 23 December 2018, Thursday to Sunday (12.00-3.00). Available for pre-booked parties of 4 or more. Tables of 10 or more maybe required to pre-book their food choices. For larger groups we can provide a private dining space and alternative dates. 2 courses £17.95 3 courses £21.95

View the Christmas Lunch Menu

Please keep an eye on this page for further special occasion lunches and dinners.

We have a monthly Café Bowes e-newsletter which highlights special offers and events coming up. If you would like to receive this, please email>

Entrance to Café Bowes is free of charge, you do not need to be a paying visitor to the Museum, and it is open daily from 10.00. Last orders 4.30. Closed only 25, 26 December and 1 January.