Second phase of ‘Kelham Island Quarter’ launches

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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Following the recent opening of The Millowners Arms as a full time boozer, Kelham Island Museum’s cafe relaunches today

Over the last few months, local business owners have teamed up with Kelham Island Museum to re-energise the museum’s hospitality offering, with the first evidence of that  partnership seen a couple of weeks ago as the museum’s very own tavern, The Millowners Arms opened as full time boozer for the very first time.


Today, however, sees the start of the second phase of the project, as the museum’s cafe is relaunched having been given a new lease of life as The Island cafe/bar. 

The venue features an 80 year-old olive tree!


The venue has been transformed by Liam Bardell and Nathan Scarlett, owners of popular Neepsend coffee shop Gaard, who are also responsible for the refurb in the Millowners Arms, next door.


The breakfast and brunch menu consists of delights such as Hendos rarebit, smoked mushroom benedict and campfire beans and is served all day until 3pm. From 11am, a lunch menu is also available, which includes a small sandwich menu with classics like fish finger sandwiches and grilled cheese, as well as soup of the day and salads, and there is also a kids menu, which consists of a main, dessert and bottomless soft drinks. 

Liam said: “It’s been a long few weeks, but we’re really excited to show you all what we’ve been working on.”


And whether you fancy a delicious cup of coffee, a pint of Neck Oil or even a nice glass of red, the cafe/bar has got you covered. 

Fiona Elliott, Interim Director at the museum said: “We are really thrilled to be working with Liam and Nathan on this project.  We look forward to welcoming people to experience these new venues in the heart of Kelham Island and creating an exciting event and community offer in the future.”


Once the cafe is fully up and running, Liam and Nathan will turn their attention to a new games room featuring table tennis, community hall and bottle shop, all at the new Kelham Island quarter, as part of the Kelham Island Museum’s site. For updates on those new ventures, keep checking back with VIBE in the coming weeks.

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