New quality café at John Ruskin’s former home, Brantwood

22nd May 2017News
The Terrace Cafe at Brantwood, John Ruskin's Home

Brantwood, the historic home of Victorian writer and critic John Ruskin, has just opened a brand new café and restaurant called The Terrace, and we highly recommend stopping by to try it out.

This quality café and restaurant offers visitors a beautifully designed eating space, magnificent views over Coniston to the Old Man and a brand new menu – from brunch to lunch. Brantwood’s Director Howard Hull, explains that the cafe has been designed ‘to ensure that visitors get that same sense of inspiration, excitement and renewal when eating with us as they do when visiting the Brantwood, its special exhibitions or gardens’.

A trip to a café is an important part of a day out to an historic attraction and the team at Brantwood are determined to enhance this experience as well as make the cafe a destination in its own right. With a creative menu and quality locally sourced dishes. The Terrace aims to be a place where people can enjoy great food whether visiting the house, an exhibition, or just passing by.

The atmosphere and interior decor conveys an emphasis on authenticity and integrity through a sympathetic use of materials and fabrics – including seat covered in fabric sourced from the The Laxey Woollen Mills, (established in the Isle of Man in 1881 by a Lancashire silk weaver Egbert Rydings, with the support of John Ruskin and his Guild of St George). The mills are known for their high quality ‘homespun’ cloth and, along with a contemporary wood-burner, adds a homely warmth to the interiors – the once horse and carriage stables.

The Terrace is open daily from 10am – 5pm are there are also plans for it to evolve into an evening venue for theatre, music and poetry events with food, so watch this space for more developments.

Brantwood itself offers a fascinating insight into the world of John Ruskin and the last 28 years of his life spent at Coniston. Filled with many fine paintings, beautiful furniture and Ruskin’s personal treasures, the house retains the character of its famous resident. For more information please go to

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