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Cafe Bowes, in Bowes Museum,

Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle, England
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Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: the Cafe is in the Bowes Museum
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: the Cafe is in the Bowes Museum
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English first
Durham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The food was good but for the price I would have expected a little more. The staff in general were nice with the exception of the lady who insisted on leaning over people to serve others their food without a smile or any small token of conversation. They were busy on the day we visited but the speed they worked... More

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

nice and clean very pleasant staff , nice surroundings , other food looked good I sat by the window and the views were lovely I had the best ice cream I`ve had in a long time also a good cup of tea. the menu looked good if it had been another time of day I would have liked to try... More

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We called in for refreshments after our children had done a workshop. What a miserable lot and in need of a good nights sleep judging by the constant yawning. Definitely not child friendly. More effort on customer service required.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We visited her last Saturday afternoon for a cup of tea and a piece of cake. As you arrived at the cafe there was a sign asking you to wait to be seated, the cafe was reasonably busy but certainly not full, there were quite a lot of tables that had been vacated but were covered in dirty pots and... More

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Surat Thani, Thailand
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124 reviews 124 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We have eaten here before and whilst not considering the Cafe Bowes particularly outstanding, we have previously found it adequate. However, certainly not on our last visit. We anticipated it being busy...after all it was lunchtime in the middle of summer so obviously you would expect a large number of customers. We didn't have to wait too long before our... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

On a trip to the Bowes Museum last week we decided to eat about 1 o'clock. Despite this being the 'busy ' period we were impressed by the unflustered service, lovely view (we had a table by one of the front windows) but most of all the quality of the food. The soup and the beef panini being outstanding. We... More

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UK
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90 reviews 90 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Visited cafe bowes with my mum. We both went for the smoked haddock chowder which was fantastic and came served with some freshly baked bread. I agree with past comments that the menu is on the pricier side however the quality of the food was very high. Would definitely return!

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York, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

It's was ok is the best I can say, disappointing food and quite expensive for what it was, had better at many other places. Had the yorkshire rarebit which had this grey tasteless gunk on (was supposed to be a bechamel sauce.

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Hundon, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

A couple of friends and I frequently go to the café during the year as a place to eat when travelling between Darlington and Carlisle. The staff are always friendly, obliging (for instance getting us "breakfast type food" outwith usual serving time). The daily specials are interesting and the usual lunch choices do not get boring (despite our frequent visits).... More

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We had to ask to be served.Our orders came in dribs and drabs.There were lots of uncleared tables and staff obviously were under stress. They were still very pleasant . Food nothing out of the ordinary and (as I suppose to be expected in a sort of captive audience way ) a bit over priced.£2.20 for a small glass of... More

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