Welcome to Nora’s Kitchen!
Nora’s Kitchen is the Bach Centre’s own on-site cafe. Please have a look at our sample menu (changes are made seasonally). We have a selection of light lunches, snacks and cakes, as well as Nora’s Afternoon Tea which is a welcome treat at any time of year (please see note below). Nora’s Kitchen is a vegetarian café with vegan and gluten-free options available.
Opening times: Spring/Summer/early Autumn: Tuesday-Friday 10:30 – 14:30; Winter 11:00 – 14:00. Please note that there are seasonal variations to these times. Nora’s Kitchen usually closes during January-March but we will be re-opening in April 2023 – from Tuesday 4th April for drinks, cakes and Easter treats, and then from Tuesday 11th with a full menu. We look forward to welcoming you then.
Table bookings are not required to come and enjoy our tasty snacks and sweet treats, but if you wish to make sure we are open and have a table free, then please contact us via the link above to make a reservation.
If you are a group of more than six please let us know in advance as it helps us if you are able to pre-order the food you would like. This enables us prepare so that everything is ready when you arrive. Please let us know if anyone in your party has a food allergy or intolerance, or any dietary requirements or preferences.
A visit to the Mount Vernon cottage, Dr. Bach’s home, is a must for anyone interested in the Bach flower remedies, and how Dr. Bach’s work has been carried on here at the Bach Centre. It will give you the chance to see Dr. Bach’s consulting room, his hand-made furniture and original mother tinctures, the museum rooms featuring old remedy-making and bottling equipment and memorabilia of the Bach Centre’s past, and the garden where many of the remedy plants grow.
To make a booking to look around the Bach Centre itself please see the ‘Book a Visit’ link on our home page, and you will find a table reservation option on the booking form.
Nora’s Afternoon Tea is a great way to celebrate any occasion, big or small – with or without a glass of Prosecco! We do require at least 48 hours notice for Afternoon Tea so please contact us if you would like to book – and let us know if it is for a particular occasion as we will do our best to make it extra-special.
Background to Nora’s Kitchen
Nora’s Kitchen is named after Nora Weeks, Dr. Bach’s assistant and friend. Nora was alongside Dr. Bach when he travelled through England and Wales each spring, summer, and early autumn. On these travels, Bach taught Nora all there was to know about the plants and remedy making, as well as his wish for it to remain always a simple and complete system. When Dr. Bach passed away she promised to uphold the simplicity of his work, and would continue making remedies from Mount Vernon where she lived until her death in 1978.
The name of the café is a tribute to Nora’s love of cooking and baking. Over the years Nora collected cuttings of various recipes and made a small notebook where she wrote down her favourite dishes, jams and wines. Some of these recipe books are on display in the museum. Victor Bullen who, along with Nora, was entrusted by Dr. Bach to maintain the purity of the system of 38 remedies, lived and worked with Nora to continue the work. Victor was also an excellent cook, and justifiably famous for his rice puddings! As a homage to Victor we have introduced our own interpretation of this Bach Centre favourite – hopefully just as delicious!
Nora’s Kitchen has taken some two years from concept to opening, with much time and effort, thinking and re-thinking, puzzling over plans, improving ideas, adding others… until finally, the doors opened! We hope you will enjoy eating, drinking and relaxing in Nora’s Kitchen as much as we have in bringing it to fruition.