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Museum Café

Sit back and relax. Enjoy a wide selection of freshly prepared food and drinks.

Museum Café is on the ground floor and can be accessed through our Main Hall or from Oxford Road.

We are delighted to announce that along with a brand new kitchen, we also have exciting new Breakfast/Brunch and Lunch hot food menus.

The café serves freshly prepared and locally sourced food and drinks.

  • Breakfast and Brunch served from 8.30 to 11.30am
  • Lunch from 12-3pm

Drinks and cakes will also be served in the Coffee Bar in the Main Hall.

Opening times:

Monday 8am – 5pm
Tuesday 8am – 5pm
Wednesday 8am – 9pm
Thursday 8am – 5pm
Friday 8am – 5pm
Saturday 8am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 5pm


We also have a picnic area in the Main Hall.

We encourage visitors to bring and use their own reusable cups and water bottles. There is a water refill station on the ground floor.

Please enjoy food and drink in the Museum Café, Main Hall and picnic area, but do not take food or drinks into the galleries or collections spaces. In this way you will be helping us to look after our collections, keeping them free from pests, preserving them for generations to come.

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