Food for Thought

Our cosy Food for Thought bistro seats up to 50 people in a relaxing setting.

If you fancy a change from your usual café, Food for Thought is perfect for you. Enjoy a delicious homecooked lunch, or just pop in for a cup of tea or coffee. In the hottest days of spring and summer, take your tray out into the sunshine and relax at one of our outdoor tables. Our food is locally-sourced and freshly cooked; our homemade Gladstone biscuits are a real favourite and go down a treat with a hot cup of tea!

Food for Thought is open 10am - 5pm seven days a week. Lunch is served 12noon – 2pm daily but don’t worry if you miss this as we serve a yummy Afternoon Tea Monday – Friday, 3pm - 4pm. We also serve traditional Sunday LunchIf you're staying with us you can enjoy dinner in the evenings 6.45pm - 7.15pm.

Booking in advance is required for both Afternoon Tea and Sunday Lunch - please contact Reception on 01244 532350 or to do so.

* Free Wi Fi
* Daily and Sunday newspapers
* Wide selection of teas and coffees
* Delicious homemade cakes and biscuits
* Tasty food at affordable prices

Please note, only food and drink bought onsite may be consumed in Food for Thought.

We can cater for vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free requirements but please do let us know in advance.

Travelling to us by Arriva bus? Show us your paper or mobile ticket for the day of your visit at the counter and receive a free cup of tea or filter coffee! (One drink per ticket).


Click here to view our Lunch menu, available 12pm - 2pm daily.

We also cater for a variety of special occasions and events. Please contact Reception on 01244 532350 or to enquire. 

'It's rare that you get to feed both your head and your belly when you go to a restaurant but that’s exactly how my wife and I felt after we’d popped into Gladstone's Library’s Food For Thought cafe...'

- The Leader