The refreshing modern décor of the refurbished café includes new comfy sofas, contemporary colours, pieces from the collection in glass topped coffee tables and walls finished with historic prints of Carlisle from the museum’s 125-year archive.

A hidden gem, the Café at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery has always been a delightful spot to take time out from city life. This relaxing corner of historic Carlisle has an outdoor sun terrace overlooking a beautiful Jacobean-style courtyard garden, ideal for alfresco dinning this summer.

It’s easy for every visitor to find something tasty to enjoy in the varied menu from breakfasts to light lunches to cakes and locally roasted coffee.

Entertaining the little ones at mealtimes can be tough. So, following customer feedback, the family-friendly café now provides a host of new features: more space between tables for buggy access, easier to use high chairs, a fresh children’s activity corner and the very practical baby food warmers. The kids’ lunchtime grab bag is excellent value and gives parents every excuse to take a break from cooking and enjoy that family fun filled day out!

Katie Proud, Head of Finance & Resources says “We are so pleased with the result of our café refurbishment and have already had some great feedback from our visitors. The old photographs of Carlisle are great – it is amazing to see how much (or how little) has changed! The new children’s corner has been an instant hit with families and the more sociable seating arrangements make it ideal for groups of friends to meet here for lunch or coffee and cake.”