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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. 

We are delighted to welcome back Ben Parnaby as our Head Chef and he will be offering a delicious new menu as well as takeaways which can be eaten in the Museum gardens.

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

View the Takeaway Menu


Café Bowes is taking part in the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme during August.
This offer will be valid 3 – 31 August 2020. So, from Monday 3 August anyone buying food or non-alcoholic drinks at Café Bowes on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday will automatically receive a 50% discount per person on their bill, up to a maximum value of £10.00 per person.
(Please note that discounts are not available on our takeaway menu, private parties and alcoholic drinks.)

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

Groups and Coaches 
The Bowes Museum welcomes groups and coaches, and has a dedicated Groups Co-ordinator to help you plan a fantastic day out, designed especially for your group. For more details about our Groups offers and menus go here

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 4.00. Closed only 25, 26 December and 1 January. Access is via a temporary entrance directly from the gardens on the right-hand side of the building. We are unable to take table bookings at this time.

*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.



Special Events

The Bowes Museum is open!

The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you!

You are able to enjoy the hugely popular Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World and blimey! Lucretia exhibitions as well as an exciting programme of family workshops throughout the summer holidays.

The health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers are our priority, and in line with the latest Government guidance on COVID-19 the changes we have made will help you to feel confident, safe and enjoy your visit.

Entry to the Museum has to be booked before you visit here or by telephoning us on 01833 690606. Details about what to expect when you visit are available when you click here.