The Terrace will be re-opening on the 27th July 2020 for Al Fresco dining.
Soon after John Ruskin arrived at Brantwood in 1872 he began work on a new coach house and stable with builder George Usher of Coniston. The site required the blasting away of a hundred tons of white clay. This was to be a working building with no place for elaborate design, but quality of craftsmanship was nevertheless of great importance.
The building housed both a coach house and stables for many years. The coachman lived upstairs above his coach and the large space directly above the stables was the hayloft. After the house was opened to the public in 1934 it was converted into a café for visitors. In 1994 the café was leased out and named after Ruskin’s boat, the Jumping Jenny. In 2015 the Brantwood Trust took over the running of the café and major renovations commenced during the winter of 2016/7.
It was a daunting undertaking, with thousands of Ruskin devotees and lovers of the Lake District invested in the future of Brantwood. Ruskin’s coach was moved up to the main house under the archway and the Jumping Jenny to a new awning on the terrace. This allowed us to enlarge the floor space both inside and out, making the best of the views of Coniston Water and fells beyond. With the tremendous effort of all our staff, local tradesmen and our architect, The Terrace has become a staple for locals, visitors to Brantwood and visitors to the Lake District alike.
Do I need to order at the counter?
Yes, please make your order at the counter, with your table number or letter. Our staff will then bring all your food and drinks to you.
Where was John Ruskin born?
Despite what the plaque in The Terrace suggests, Ruskin was born in Brunswick Square in London. The plaque was rescued before the building was demolished in 1969.
Are dogs allowed at Brantwood?
Well behaved dogs are welcome in the restaurant and the gardens on a lead, unfortunately not in the historic house.
Can I book a table?
For groups of 8 or more who would like to pre-order from the menu we can reserve a table in The Terrace please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I book an evening meal?
We plan to host evening events throughout the year, bookings can be made by email email@example.com or on 01539441396. Please note payment in advance may be required for certain events. For large groups or minimum £300 spend we can offer fully serviced meals in our restaurant any day of the week subject to availability.
Are your takeaway boxes environmental?
All our takeaway boxes, cutlery, straws and napkins are completely compostable and plant based.
Can you provide catering on the Steam Yacht Gondola?
Yes, we are able to provide catering for cruises embarking/disembarking at Brantwood’s jetty, unfortunately we are unable to provide catering for cruises starting from Coniston jetty. With ample free parking and stunning views Brantwood is a perfect starting point for private charters.
Canapes and sweet light bites, afternoon tea or full buffet menus with on board service are available and can be devised according to your own tastes and dietary requirements. Please note that the Gondola is only able to accommodate cold buffets.
Where is you coffee from?
All our coffee is supplied by Red Bank based on the west side of Coniston water.
Red Bank Coffee Roasters provide single-origin coffees, particularly varieties from individual producers offering speciality grade, 100% Arabica beans.
Similar to single-malt whiskies, this showcases the inherent qualities, variety of flavours and aromas of the humble coffee bean – from the light and fruity flavours characteristic of coffees from East Africa to the full-bodied richness of those from South America.
Red Bank Roasters roast in small-batches to ensure their coffee is always fresh and their line-up changes regularly to make sure they are always offering what is seasonal and tasting great at the time.
Do you have disabled access?
We have a disabled drop off area just in-front of The Terrace and the main restaurant area is wheelchair accessible.
What are your opening times?
Our usual opening times are 10:30 – 5 all week. During winter (mid November to mid March) we are open Wednesday to Sunday 11 – 4.