Cafe and Bookshop

Treat yourself to a brew with a view of Ouseburn, a tasty traybake and a browse through our recommended reads. To view our food and drinks menu online click here.

We are open six days a week from 10am to 5pm in term time (closed on Wednesdays) and seven days a week in school holidays. View the Coffee Shop menu here.


The Riverside Cafe (Level 2)

Our Level 2 Cafe is open during school holidays, unless in use for an event, serving meals and snacks.

Dietary Requirements

If you are vegan, vegetarian or require a gluten free diet, our staff will be happy to make concessions at the Level 3 Coffeeshop or during catered events. When booking a catered for event, we would remind customers to please let us know of any requirements and we will be happy to provide. If you would like to contact us ahead of booking to query any dietary concerns please feel free to email us at or simply call our reception on: 0300 330 1095

Special request

As a public building, we ask that customers don't eat food (their own or purchased from us) in our gallery and exhibition spaces. We need to protect the archive items on display and ensure our gallery spaces remain clean and tidy so that all visitors have an enjoyable visit. There is a grassy area outside our building (turn right out of the main doors) and the Quayside is a short walk away, for picnics in nice weather. Our rooms are available to hire for school or community groups who require a space to eat indoors - please email to enquire.