The Terrace Coffee House and Restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday 11 – 4 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.

*Winter Opening Hours

From December our opening times are Wednesday-Sunday 11 – 4pm. A revised winter menu as well as a wide range of drinks, cakes and crafts will all be available during this time. From mid March 2018 we will be back open 7 days a week.

The Jump Winter Gallery

Following the success of Brantwood’s annual winter craft fair a variety of local arts, crafts and gifts will be on offer in The Terrace this winter. The space once home to Ruskin’s boat – the Jumping Jenny and carriage will be given over to The Jump Winter Gallery. Artists & makers will include Daniel Cooper, Cheryl King, Debbie Copley, Sally Bamber, Miles Moore Ceramics, Barngates, Hawkshead and Ulverston breweries, as well as preserves made locally in Coniston.

For further enquiries please call 015394 41396 or email


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 rooms as well as on-site accommodation, Brantwood is the perfect place for all kinds of events, including weddings, courses, seminars and business retreats. Many rooms in the historic house are licenced for wedding ceremonies. Here at The Terrace we can cater for all your food and drink needs whilst at Brantwood as well as on the Steam Yacht Gondola.

Evening meals can be booked at The Terrace for ten or more guests and for those staying at Brantwood we can cater for take-away evening meals on request. For groups of more than 8 we can reserve seating in The Terrace, we are unable however to reserve outdoor seating. For more information about our wedding offering please click here to find our wedding brochure. For other enquiries please contact us at or call 01539441396

Brantwood is an independent registered charity - The Brantwood Trust Coniston Cumbria LA21 8AD Telephone: 015394 41396 Fax: 015394 41263