A husband and wife team are 'excited' to be opening their new coffee house at Brougham Hall this Saturday.

James and Sarah Bridgewater of Fell and Bean originally set up their catering business in March in the form of a converted horse box at Penrith Railway Station.

Sarah made the decision to leave her teaching job to pursue her love of home baking and James’s passion for coffee.

Their successful mobile unit was spotted by Brougham Hall, who invited Fell and Bean to take on the lease of its café.

“We were looking for somewhere to open a coffee house and when we viewed the café space at Brougham Hall it just felt right, like when you walk into a house and know it’s the right one for you," said James.

The café at Brougham Hall is set in a serene countryside location, with a log burner for the winter time and an outdoor seating area for the summer months.

Located just outside Penrith, Brougham Hall is a beautiful 14th-century hall with a fascinating history.

Partially restored, it is now home to an array of artisan studios, including ceramics, a jeweller, an antique shop, a gin distillery, a blacksmith, a wildflower weaver and a screen printer. As well as visiting the new coffee house, visitors can explore Brougham’s grounds, see artists at work and buy locally made arts and crafts.

The café space has been given a full refit by Fell and Bean, including a new custom made counter, seat covers made by James’s mum Marilyn and a new La Spaziale coffee machine.

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The café at Brougham Hall was previously run by Café 4 Eden, who moved to a premises in Penrith town centre in May 2023.

“We’re thrilled to be following our dream of opening a coffee house and are delighted with the cosy space we’ve created at Brougham Hall,” said James.

“We are really looking forward to meeting all our new customers."

Fell & Bean Coffee House opens on Saturday, November 18. It will be open 7 days a week from 10am-4pm, serving artisan coffee, home baking, brunch and lunch.