Cosy museum cafés

Published 24 November 2015

As the colder days approach, snuggle up in one of these museum cafés.

1. The Whitaker Café, The Whitaker, Lancashire

10% off café purchases with National Art Pass

Admire the views of Rossendale Valley as you tuck into wholesome soups, sandwiches and cakes at the Whitaker Café. Recently renovated, it now boasts heritage wallpaper and fine works of art. With a friendly atmosphere and Victorian grandeur, the café is ideal for a warming lunch or a sweet treat with specialist teas or coffee.

2. The Museum Café, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Devon

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RAMM is said to be the ‘home of a million thoughts’, as it houses a rich and vibrant collection of more than one million objects. You can find the Museum Café nestled in the centre of the museum. With no set menu, the café’s offering changes daily. You can expect hearty lunches and healthy snacks made with ingredients from Exeter and its environs, which are complemented with good-quality coffee and award-winning loose-leaf tea.

3. The Tea Room, William Morris Gallery, London

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William Morris once said that ‘the true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life’. This sentiment carries through the William Morris Gallery’s Tea Room, which offers delicious fresh food with beautiful views of Lloyd Park. The menu is kept as seasonal as possible and there is great emphasis on working closely with some of the best local suppliers. The coffee comes from Nude Espresso (roasted in East London), honey from The Local Honey Man and cakes from Crumbs Bakery (both in Walthamstow).

4. The Drawing Room Café, Fulham Palace, London

Free exhibitions to all

For more than a millennium, Fulham Palace was the country retreat of the Bishops of London. Now the public can also access its stately splendour. The café is housed in the former drawing room, which overlooks the vast botanic garden. The menu is seasonal. Muffins, cakes and pastries are offered during breakfast, while lunch usually brings homemade pasta, salads and a range of gourmet sandwiches.

5. Café Modern Two, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

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Sister venue to Café Modern One, Café Modern Two provides a more intimate experience. The gallery houses an extensive collection of the world-renowned Edinburgh-born artist Eduardo Paolozzi, and one of his sculptures, the giant Vulcan, can be found at the café. The menu is seasonal and provides light meals, soups, sandwiches and cakes. For an extra treat, order the afternoon tea for two.

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