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Modern Life Café

A great place to meet friends, study or entertain business colleagues over coffee, lunch or afternoon tea and looking out onto the sculpture lawn through our giant window.

A great food selection

We use fresh, seasonal, local produce to create a changing daily menu, which you can select from our self-service counter.

Chef creates a changing selection of hot dishes with meat, fish or vegetarian options: Also on offer are freshly made sandwiches, soups, hot panini and a tempting range of homemade cakes, scones and cookies.

Events and hospitality


You can pre-book a table and pre-order from our delicious menu

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To reserve your table, please contact Debbie Longordo on 01603 593202 or email

Venue hire

The Modern Life Cafe makes a unique and spectacular venue for special events. We can host informal canapé receptions, small music events, formal dinners and wedding receptions.

For more info and to book, visit the Venue Hire page >

Allergies and special diets

We cater for gluten free and dairy free diets, with something suitable usually available from our daily menu.

For other special dietary requests, we need 24 hours' notice so please contact us ahead of your visit.

Opening times

Monday - Friday: 9am to 6pm

Saturday - Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Last orders taken 15 minutes before closing time

Access on Mondays

When the main galleries are closed, please use World Art Studies school entrance to access the Modern Life Café which is open 9am to 6pm.