On Saturday 16th July The Terrace Cafe will be closed from 3pm (last orders at 2pm).  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


The Terrace Coffee House & Restaurant is open every day 10:00am-5.00pm*

Situated in Brantwood’s former coach house the Terrace is a unique and friendly place to relax while you enjoy the breathtaking views over Coniston Water, from snow-dusted peaks to glorious summer days. These are the the very views that inspired some of John Ruskin’s finest art and writing.

Our lunch menu, available 12 – 3pm, presents flavours you know and love, in ways you wouldn’t imagine. Quirky, creative, fresh and original dishes that’ll have you coming back for more. A range of drinks alongside homemade cakes & scones are available all day and our brunch menu is available from 10 – 11:30. Our team of warm and friendly staff are always happy to assitst, whether you’re visiting for just a cup of coffee or choosing your favourite dish from our menu.

Safety during your visit is paramount and rest assured we are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of everyone on site. We will have table service, safe distancing of tables and a thorough cleaning regime. Please note card and contactless payments are preferred.

There’s no need to book but if you’d like to please use the contact form further down the page. Well behaved dogs & muddy boots welcome.

*Opening Hours

The Terrace is open every day 10 – 5 during summer – last orders 4:30 and 10:30 – 4 over winter, closing on Christmas & Boxing Day.

Days are subject to change over winter so check back for full details.

Please note our menu changes frequently.

Last updated 19/04/2022

Please note our menu changes frequently.

Last updated 19/04/2022

Mains Marinated Coconut and Lime Chicken Chargrilled chicken breast, coconut & lime, Roquito peppers, lime pickled cauliflower, chilli mayonnaise, coconut croûtes *GF - 11.50 Pork & Apple Burger Cartmel valley Cumberland burger, Brantwood estate apple sauce, Emmental, skin-on fries, onion jam - 12 Chorizo & Prawn Paella Classic Spanish paella, taco shards, herb oil *GF - 11 Beetroot and Spinach Cous-Cous Roasted beetroot, spinach, red pepper, pak choi, couscous, fennel & pomegranate salsa, kale GF - 10 Toasties All served on Lovingly Artisan organic sourdough, with house slaw & crispy potato hash - 9.50 Sausage & Onion Cartmel valley Cumberland sausage, caramelised onions, basil, three cheese blend Blue & Walnut Blengdale blue cheese, poached pear, walnut crumb, three cheese blend Black Beet Blackened cajun spiced beetroot, grilled pepper, vegan cheese Curried Chicken Curried chicken, mango & coriander salsa, three cheese blend The G.O.A.T Goats cheese, honey, toasted almonds, rocket, three cheese blend

There’s no need to book but if you’d like to please use the contact form below. Please include your name, contact information, booking size (maximum six to a table), date and preferred time and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  PLEASE NOTE we can’t guarantee a table if you book on the same day of  your visit and any special requests will be subject to availability.

We’re open for lunch 12 – 3pm and 10:30 – 5pm for drinks and cakes.

Do I need to order at the counter?

To keep everyone safe we will be operating table service. 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?

There’s no need to book but if you’d like to please fill out the booking form on this page.

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 in Kendal.

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 11 – 4. We’re closed on Christmas day & Boxing day.

Do I need to pay for a ticket / parking?

Our car park is free of charge for customers & no ticket is required to visit the Terrace

Can I book the Terrace for an evening function?

Absolutely, we cater to all kinds of events, from weddings & celebrations to staff Christmas parties. Drop us an email at theterrace@brantwood.org.uk


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.

Brantwood is an independent registered charity - The Brantwood Trust Coniston Cumbria LA21 8AD enquiries@brantwood.org.uk Telephone: 015394 41396 Fax: 015394 41263