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Cafe Bowes, in Bowes Museum,

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Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle, England
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Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Breakfast
Description: the Cafe is in the Bowes Museum

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Visitor rating
  • 34
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A coffee break during a visit to the museum

We dropped in to have a couple of coffees and a scone. Much is made of the exclusive nature of this cafe but frankly we thought it was nothing particularly special. Yes, what we had was OK, served at table reasonably quickly, but the floor had bits of food on it and the tables weren't clean. It was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
Mike S
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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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Northumberland, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We dropped in to have a couple of coffees and a scone. Much is made of the exclusive nature of this cafe but frankly we thought it was nothing particularly special. Yes, what we had was OK, served at table reasonably quickly, but the floor had bits of food on it and the tables weren't clean. It was also a... More 

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Cornwall, Canada
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68 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

During our tour of this exquisite museum my wife and I decided to have a late morning breakfast at their in-house café. We were seated and greeted by three levels of service personnel before our server took our order. My wife ordered toast with scrambled eggs on the side. I ordered the meat Panini with back bacon and sausage, but... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We are regular visitors to Cafe Bowes, it used to be excellent but just lately we have been disappointed. Today we went for an anniversary lunch. The pie was unavailable so my husband chose the curry. He was disappointed when there was no rice, just a bowl of curry with a small naan bread which we assume had been microwaved... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Last time we visited Cafe Bowes we were ignored and had to wait over twent minutes to get served ,so we walked out.Bce=ause the menu looks good,we thought we would give the cafe a second try a year later. We sat down at a table which had not been cleared - most were in a similar state - and to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We were lucky to get a window table on a busy day - clearly a well-known place to come for lunch. We ordered hot drinks and sandwiches, which were mostly good. I enjoyed my corned beef (called something else) and cheese panini, my friend's sandwich had generous amounts of ham but her husband was not that keen on the open... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Had a very good sandwich and coffee, good service and pleasant staff. Museum was well worth a visit.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Came here on Good Friday to visit the museum so we thought we'd have lunch in their cafe. I ordered a prawn sandwich and my partner ordered a cheese and pickle sandwich. The staff were very good, and the cafe was nicely decorated, but the sandwiches were a big let down. My prawn sandwich was not what I expected at... More 

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Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I disliked the crowd-- but keep coming back time & again to this marvellous place , it is not too be missed! everyone visiting this area should come here.

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Been to this cafe a few times now, usually when either visiting Barnard Castle, or the Bowes Museum itself. The staff are always pleasant and the service is quick and efficient. The cafe itself is light and airy and the food is always good, whether a proper meal or just tea and sandwiches. It's popularity speaks for itself!

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Richmond North Yorkshire
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190 restaurant reviews
265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

There is a very good menus here. We we served quickly and efficiently. The ambience is very pleasant. The desserts and cakes in particular are very good. If you feel exhausted after the Gerald Scarfe cartoons go for some refreshment and a drink... or have it before and go fortified for the onslaught!!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Barnard Castle

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Description

the Cafe is in the Bowes Museum
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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