The Terrace is open everyday 10.30 – 5 pm*. Lunch served 12 – 3pm
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.
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 along with signage and a queue control systems to help let everyone know what is expected of them. Please note card and contactless payments are preferred.
Cakes, scones and savoury baked goods are available all day, alongside barista coffee and tea. We also offer a range of local beers, gins and soft drinks. Our lunch menu is available from 12 until 3pm.
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.
As we’ve had to reduce the number of tables to ensure a safe distance there may be a wait during peak times – there’s no need to book but if you’d like to please use the contact form further down the page. Well behaved dogs welcome.
*Seasonal Opening Hours
The Terrace is open every day closing on Christmas & Boxing Day.
Days are subject to change over winter so check back for full details.
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.
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.
Please note our menu changes frequently.
Last updated 16/09/2021
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.
What safety measure are in place to reduce the spread of Covid19?
Safety during your visit is paramount and rest assured we are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of everyone on site, before we open we will have:
- Signage and a queue control systems to help let everyone know what is expected of them.
- Distancing markers where needed
- Hand sanitiser stations set up at the entrance
- Antiviral surface spray and paper towel available in all toilet areas for your use.
- Table service, safe distancing of tables and a thorough cleaning regime at The Terrace
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?
We’re offering limited table booking – give us a call on 015394 49025
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 Wednesday to Sunday 11 – 4.