The Terrace Coffee House and Restaurant is open every day 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.

*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.

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, 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 (when arriving and departing from our jetty).

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

Please note that our menu does change throughout the season

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

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

Can I book an evening meal?

We plan to host evening events throughout the year, bookings can be made by email 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.

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