The Terrace Coffee House and Restaurant is open every day 10.30 – 5 pm*
Situated in Brantwood’s former coach house, The Terrace offers a unique combination of sublime scenery, cultural heritage, and casual coffee house culture. Our menu presents a variety of creative and seasonal dishes including hot lunches, salads and specials, served by our bright and attentive team.
Cakes, scones and savoury baked goods are available all day, alongside barista coffee and tea. We also offer a range of local beers, cocktails, gins and soft drinks. Our popular lunch menu is available from 12pm, and changes with the seasons.
Rest a while on our spacious terrace, with the many varieties of friendly finches, robins and house martins. Witness our spectacular views of Coniston Water and the Coniston range throughout the seasons, from snow-dusted peaks to glorious summer days. These are the very views that inspired some of John Ruskin’s finest art and writing.
Well behaved dogs welcome.
*Seasonal Opening Hours
From the 19th March we will be open every day 10.30 – 5pm. From mid November our opening times are Wednesday-Sunday 11 – 4pm.
For further enquiries please email email@example.com
Tuesday 24th July – Illyria Performance of Merchant of Venice – Held in our lakeside meadow. The Terrace will be open until 7pm and during the interval. Picnic baskets will also be available to purchase.
Friday 3rd & Thursy 4th August – Moth Day – Visitors will be welcome to come and open moth traps between 8.30 – 10am, The Terrace will be open early from 10 am.
Tuesday 21st August – Illria Performance of Dr Doolittle – Our second outdoor theatre of the year taking place in our lakeside meadow. The Terrace will be open until 7pm. Picnic baskets will be available to purchase before the performance and we will be serving drinks and cake during the interval.
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.
Groups, Events, & Weddings
With a variety of function rooms as well as on-site accommodation, Brantwood & The Terrace are the perfect place for all kinds of events, including private meals, buffets, weddings, courses, seminars and business retreats. Many rooms in the historic house are licenced for wedding ceremonies. As well as catering for all your food and drink needs whilst at Brantwood, The Terrace is an approved catering provider for the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola. Drinks, canapes as well as cold buffets can all be provided when arriving and departing from our jetty.
With truly spectacular views and a warm and relaxing atmosphere The Terrace is perfect for evening meals and buffets. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a completely bespoke service and can price any requests on demand. Meals can be booked at The Terrace for ten or more guests on any day subject to availability.
During lunchtime service we normally operate on a first come first serve bases however for groups of more than 8 we can reserve seating in The Terrace, we are unable however to reserve outdoor seating.
Please note our lunch menu changes monthly
Lunch menu from 13th July 2018
Seasonal front of house assistants
Brantwood is now home to The Terrace – Coffee House and Restaurant. After extensive renovations we are looking for part time and seasonal workers to help make a destination restaurant to ensure the sustainability of Brantwood the historic home of John Ruskin, as well as provide visitors with an experience befitting of the superb scenery from our Terrace.
We are keen on promoting Brantwood to our visitors, as such an interest in John Ruskin or the history of Brantwood would be welcomed, all staff members will have access to the house and grounds as well as many national and international exhibits that are showcased at Brantwood.
Duties will be customer focused, processing order, using barista equipment, serving customers, end of day banking. Experience is desired and any previous work in a cafe/ restaurant environment is welcome.
To apply please email your name and contact details along with any experience to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 we can reserve a table in The Terrace please email email@example.com
Can I book an evening meal?
We plan to host evening events throughout the year, bookings can be made by email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.