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Cafe Bowes, in Bowes Museum,

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

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    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
Frequent Visitor

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
CautiousCalamity
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Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Darlington, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

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

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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305 reviews 305 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
261 helpful votes 261 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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Dalton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Only had a sandwich there, but very good. Quite busy though, had to wait for a table, the food other people had looked very nice.

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Peckish after a positive visit to the museum. Nothing available to eat in the cafe for vegans. Told by waitress that dietary options are indicated on menu. Alas nothing suitable for vegans went to town and found excellent cafe

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The cafe has taken great care to identify menu items according to allergies and common dietary requirements. However, there was nothing vegan. With a little imagination and minimal alteration to the existing menu, vegan options could have been offered. Next time we visit the museum we will take a pack lunch and eat outside.

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England
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We visited on Wednesday 11th March. Rang beforehand to book a table, and I'm glad we did- it was very busy when we got there. The lady on the phone said that there was no need to book a table, but as you are on the phone anyway, we might as well book one. The day we visited, they were... More 

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Middleton in Teesdale, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We visited as a young family of 4. Plenty of choice for the little people and a nice varied selection for us adults. Service was prompt and polite. The cafe was clean, airy and welcoming. We'll be back. Thank you!

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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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