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The Bishop's Palace | Off Market Place, Wells BA5 2PD, England
+44 1749 988111
10:00 - 16:00
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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Been here a few times but our last visit was a let down. The kitchen had obviously been very busy, lots of tables with used dishes still not cleared away.We ordered our 2nd choice's as 1st were sold out, and that's fine, but we still expect the same quality. The usually delicious triple cooked chips were sent out way before... More 

Thank MaryDev54
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Our dog wandered through the archway into the Bishops Palace gardens and was stopped by the local guide. She was was very pleasent once she found out we were the dog owners. We said we were finding it impossible to find some where dog friendly for coffee and she pointed us in the direction of the cafe. Dog are allowed... More 

Thank Chris T
Bristol, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Offered choice of tea bag or loose leaf tea the earl grey loose leaf was subtle with delicate flavour and reasonably priced . Chicken and stuffing sandwich was disappointing with more stuffing than chicken and just a hint of cranberry.Shared bowl of chips ,triple cooked ,were well prepared and crispy but you probably need one each as portions aren't very... More 

Thank Ted M
Heather N, Manager at The Bishop's Table, responded to this review

Dear Ted M, thank you for taking the time to write us this review. I am very glad you liked the tea, we have a large variety of teas on offer, so you can always come back and try a different type! I will pass on the feedback about your chicken sandwich to our kitchen, as we endeavour to make... More 

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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Triple cooked chips are a personal favourite but all food is excellent - great presentation and something to suit every taste.

Thank Heather R
Heather N, Manager at The Bishop's Table, responded to this review

Dear Heather R, thank you very much for taking the time to write us this lovely review! Triple cooked chips are one of my favourites too! We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

My wife and I have visited this cafe on numerous occasions and had always enjoyed the experience. Today was a very different story. The staff were as attentive as always but the food was a disgrace. My wife ordered a beef and horseradish sandwich, in which the beef was dry and discoloured, whilst my pulled pork bap was just awful,... More 

1 Thank Philip E
Heather N, Manager at The Bishop's Table, responded to this review

Dear Phillip E, thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback on your experience with us. I'm very sorry that your experience wasn't up to our usual high standards. I can assure you that we have a very strict date labeling and shelf life process, to prevent anything out of date from being used in our food.... More 

Gosport, United Kingdom
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314 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Much quieter here for a coffee than the middle of Wells, walk through the archway to the Bishop's Palace and you are here. I was really taken by their milk jugs, worth a visit for an afternoon tea or coffee just to use them. They did have soup & home made sandwiches for sale as well. The prices were probably... More 

1 Thank Wendy H
Heather N, Manager at The Bishop's Table, responded to this review

Dear Wendyonthesouthcoast, thank you for taking the time to write us a lovely review! I'm very glad you like our milk jugs...we're rather proud of them! All of the profits from the cafe go back into the palace and grounds, so anything bought in the cafe helps to keep the palace standing! We do hope that you will come back... More 

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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

I visited yesterday. The staff were aloof and unfriendly. The portion size was very small and the food overpriced. The staff aimlessly walked round trying to match tables to orders and getting it wrong. The kids pasta meal was terrible. All in all, my first visit will be my last. My advice? Stick to being a tea shop. You're cafe... More 

Thank Rosemary C
Heather N, Manager at The Bishop's Table, responded to this review

Dear Rosemary C, I'm very sorry to hear that you had a negative experience during your visit with us. With regards to the wandering around - when customers do not tell us a correct table number, or area that they are sitting in, it can make it very difficult to find the correct people, and result in the appearance of... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped for lunch and ordered a scone with cream and jam and pot of tea x 2. Cost £9.40. It was wet but not raining and quite warm so they provide cushions for chairs outside. The service was prompt and the food a good standard we are looking forward to another trip to Wells to visit this place again.

Thank loubaz
Heather N, Manager at The Bishop's Table, responded to this review

Dear loubaz, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a lovely review. We look forward to seeing you soon! More 

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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Visited here as we always do as the grounds are magnificent. Thought we would try the coffee shop but with dubious trepidation after visiting here before we thought it may have improved but sadly not i ordered a cappuccino an early grey tea and went for the cakes as the pastries muffins and scones were all uncovered and th3 flies... More 

1 Thank Adulcabella
Heather N, Manager at The Bishop's Table, responded to this review

Dear Adulcabella, Thank you for taking the time to bring these issues to our attention. It is our policy not to pass drinks over the counter, which is why we bring any hot drinks to the table. However, I will have a look into whether this policy is being implemented at all times. All of the staff members at The... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Clatter ,clatter of chairs and coffee being made. Something high pitched filled the room. I was hoping for a realxing coffe and then breakfast but just had the coffee and left.

1 Thank gayleforce2006
Heather N, Manager at The Bishop's Table, responded to this review

Dear gayleforce2006, I’m very sorry that you did not enjoy your experience to the fullest. Unfortunately background noises are out of our control, and are part of the day to day activity in a cafe. On a nice day you can always come and sit outside, it is much quieter and more peaceful there, and you can enjoy the lovely... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Bishop's Palace | Off Market Place, Wells BA5 2PD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Wells
  • Phone Number: +44 1749 988111
The Bishop's Table is a cafe in the historic City of Wells with a view like no other!Nestled in the grounds of the medieval Bishop's Palace you can enjoy lunch, brunch and some of the best coffee and cake you will ever experience. All with a view of a medieval palace building, croquet lawn (complete with croquet players in summer), ruins of a Great Hall and, for those sitting outside on the sunny terrace, an additional view of our neighbour, Wells Cathedral. The Bishop's Table brings you seasonal menus made from fresh, local produce - we even use fruit and vegetables grown on-site in our thriving Community Garden. Fully licensed you can also enjoy a glass of wine or cider with your food. Open daily, hours vary so please visit The Bishop's Palace website and 'Opening Hours' page. Family friendly, children's portions and highchairs available. Dog bowls available outside the cafe. Dogs welcome in the gardens of The Bishop's Palace but must be kept on a short lead. Free WIFI.

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