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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.

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New this Summer is The Gatehouse! Enjoy a selection of drinks, sandwiches, cakes and Ice Cream in the stunning grounds of The Bowes Museum.

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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.

*Café Bowes aims to cater for all dietary requirements. Please advise us if you have any allergies or if we can adapt any of our dishes to suit your personal requirements. We do have gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options.