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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Join us in the lead up to the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by celebrating in style with a sumptuous afternoon tea. This quintessentially British Afternoon Tea features dainty sandwiches, delicious cakes and scones. You can also choose to raise a toast to the happy couple with a glass of fizz. Book here> 18 May or 19 May or 20 May

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

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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.