The Bishop’s Table

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 *25p discount on hot drinks if you bring a reusable cup to the café*

Located in the heart of the visitor area lies The Bishop’s Table café, with a view like no other in Wells. With free access to everyone, all you need to do is cross the drawbridge and you’ll see the award-winning building nestled under the trees overlooking the croquet lawn and Palace buildings.

Serving delicious, locally-sourced homemade food and some of the best coffee and cake you will find in Wells, it is the perfect place to meet friends for brunch, lunch or afternoon tea.  Plus, you get a 25p discount on hot drinks if you bring a reusable cup to the café. Come and say hello to our friendly in-house team!

Food & Drink Accolade

 The Bishop’s Palace is delighted to share that it was  awarded a VisitEngland Quality Food & Drink Accolade in 2017. This accolade is testament to the high standards achieved at the Bishop’s Table Café.

The Bishop’s Table was named after Bishop’s Ken’s tradition of inviting twelve poor men and women of Wells to share a meal at his table when in residence at the Palace. Bishop Ken was Bishop here from 1685-1691.

Head Chef Nick Hampson and Sous Chef Daniel Friend have both come to the Palace from their previous equivalent roles at the highly regarded Bocabar in Glastonbury, which was awarded a Gold and Silver Taste the West Award under Nick’s kitchen management.

Nick has previously been Head Chef at The Sheppey Inn in Godney and The Crown in Wells and also worked at Yeo Valley HQ in Blagdon. Daniel was formerly Head Chef at The Wookey Hole Inn and the Horts Inn, Bristol, and Sous Chef at The Sheppey Inn.

Opening hours

Food is served between 12pm and 2.30pm daily throughout the year.

Breakfast is served between 9.30am and 11.30am daily.

 OPEN dailyLast Orders (Cafe drinks and cakes, for other food see above)
Summer   (April - October*)9.30am - 6pm5:30pm
Winter   (Jan - March & End October - Dec)9.30am - 4pm3:45pm

*Please note - winter hours begin 27th October 2019

The Bishop’s Table and Undercroft in the Palace are available to hire for events, wedding receptions and parties. If you are interested in hiring this cosy café or beautiful vaulted Undercroft, or any other part of the Palace and gardens then please contact Bethany Hulme-Teague on 01749 988111 ext 209.

Tables are taken on a first come, first served basis so there is no need to book.

Contact The Bishop’s Table directly on 01749 988111 ext 206.

The Hungry Dragon Snack Bar

The Hungry Dragon is situated in the Dragon’s Lair, offering a chance to get a drink or snack while children use the play area.  The snack bar is open on selected dates during the summer holidays in 2019 (11:30am - 3pm, weather and staff permitting).

The cafe sells refreshments and light snacks, such as hot and cold drinks, chocolate/snack bars, ice creams and a selection of savoury items such as sausage rolls, pasties and quiche.

To let us know about your dish at The Bishop’s Table, the cake you like to eat with your coffee or just feedback your experience in the café by emailing [email protected].