The Bishop’s Table

The Bishop’s Table opens for take away from Monday 11 January. 
Open daily from 10am - 4pm.     (6/1/21)

Located in the heart of the visitor area at The Bishop’s Palace lies the award-winning Bishop’s Table, a cafe in Wells, Somerset with a view like no other. 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!


The Bishop’s Table was awarded the Bronze medal at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards, and a  VisitEngland Quality Food & Drink Accolade in 2017. This accolade is testament to the high standards achieved at the cafe and the excellent customer service.

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.

The Bishop's Table cafe in Wells

Opening hours

Lunch is served between 12pm and 3pm daily throughout the year.

Breakfast is served between 9.00am and 11.30am daily.

 OPEN dailyLast Orders (Cafe drinks and cakes, for other food see above)
Summer   (April - October)9.00am - 5pm4:30pm
Winter   (Jan - March & End October - Dec)9.00am - 4pm3:30pm

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 Chloe Kennedy 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.

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].