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Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle, England
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Stopped here for brunch on our way to north Cumbria. Had breakfast as we were a bit early for lunch. This was freshly cooked, lovely food and not greasy. Really good value. The café has a great atmosphere and the staff are really friendly. And a great view from the window.

Thank MytripsLincolnshire
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

A lovely place for a snack or a meal. Superb food. Lovely staff. Wide variety of choice. Surprising setting in a wonderful museum.

Thank julieroutledge63
Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Having failed to find anywhere to park in Barnard Castle centre on a busy Saturday, we visited the Bowes Museum and the Cafe Bowes for lunch. Although busy we were shown a table almost immediately and given quick service by the pleasant waitress . We ordered the chowder and the rarebit. Both arrived quickly and were excellent quality and delicious.... More 

Thank Malcolm W
Durham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Stopped off for lunch at the Museum and was very impressed. Lovely surroundings, friendly staff and excellent food. Really good choice and good value.

Thank Jojo707
Bourne, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We have visited on several occasions for coffee and cakes and also for light lunch - the food has been very well presented and the service cheerful and efficient.

Thank chris_jonesdyke
Richmond, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

We recently moved to gorgeous Barnard Castle and since it was a bright sunny Autumnal day, we grabbed the opportunity to walk/explore. Just as we set out, it started to rain, but we decided it was only water and went anyway. We were not disappointed. Our half-hour stroll took us along a woodland path, through a residential area bringing us... More 

Thank Penny F
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137 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Lovely clean bright restaurant. Good choice of food. I had Parsnip soup with a very nice home-made loaf. At £4-95 it was good value. My husband had Chowder with smoked haddock and prawns. We were a little concerned that at £8-95 it wouldn't be worth it. When it arrived it looked and smelled wonderful. Nice and thick with haddock, potatoes... More 

Thank DoriWoodger
Pickering, United Kingdom
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226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

Called in with friends for morning coffee and stayed for lunch. The menu is small and not terribly exciting but the sandwiches were freshly prepared and served with crisps and a side salad. The ladies were more adventurous and had feta and salad served with a bread which was rather heavy. This cafe gets very busy and by 12.30 you... More 

Thank kevin d
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

Whenever we visit the Bowes Museum, we have coffee in the cafe on arrival before we see the exhibition, then we return for lunch. They have a captive audience for this cafe because the museum has no neighbouring competition. The main street has plenty cafes and pubs but it's a little walk away. The cafe surroundings are very pleasant and... More 

Thank sally-allez-hop
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

We had both lunch and an afternoon snack. At Luch it was quite busy but we were quickly shown to another area close by so we didn't have to wait. The food was good and good value.There was a good choice of cake. It got much quieter towards the end of the afternoon and it made for a restful end... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Barnard Castle
  • Phone Number: 01833694605
the Cafe is in the Bowes Museum

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?