A warm welcome awaits visitors to Belton’s new Stables Café when it re-opens to visitors this summer. After four years of planning and 18 months of building work, visitors will finally be able to see the results of the National Trust property’s largest conservation project to date.
“The café will offer a unique dining experience within a historic setting” explains General Manager, Ian Cooper. “The stables are an exceptionally significant example of their type but were in urgent need of conservation, so it was critical we carried out the work.”
The National Trust has secured the future of the building with the help of specialist craftspeople. Paint shades have been carefully matched to the original seventeenth-century decorative schemes and new seating has been fitted within the stalls, giving a contemporary look within the historic space.
The café will open daily serving delicious home baked cakes, scones and brunch with hot lunches served between 12 and 3.30pm. Regularly changing menus will reflect the seasons, and regulars will be delighted to know that table service has been introduced.
A new dog-friendly indoor seating area is located at the rear of the cafe, where there’ll not only be a space to escape any sudden showers, but also a tasty menu for canine visitors as well as a tennis ball vending machine! The stable yard will offer extra seating outdoors, perfect for warmer summer days.
Built in 1685, the building is notable for how it demonstrates the development in stabling across the centuries. Belton’s former owners, the Brownlow family, upgraded the stables in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and used the very finest of fittings available. “Making sure we look after this special building and secure its future has been and still is, a priority for the National Trust.” said Ian.
Events and activities are planned over the summer to celebrate the opening of the new dog café, Pup and Saucer, at Belton. To find out more about the stables project and future events, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house