Welcome to Nora’s Kitchen!
We are pleased to announce that the Bach Centre cafe, Nora’s Kitchen is now, at last, open – again! Please have a look at our menu (via the link or in the side menu). We have a selection of light lunches and snacks as well as Nora’s Afternoon Tea which is a welcome treat at any time of year. Nora’s Kitchen is a vegetarian café and we aim to be as ‘free-from’ as possible. We use gluten-free bread and our cakes and scones are gluten and dairy-free. We also have vegan cheese (sandwiches and wraps) and dairy-free alternatives to milk and butter on request.
You do not need to book if you are just looking for tea or coffee and a cake or cookie, but if you wish to eat, please use the booking form below to reserve a time slot to come and enjoy our home-made dishes.
Opening times: Tuesday-Friday 10:30 am – 3.30 pm
When booking please keep an eye on your emails because we will send confirmation of your booking with a link asking you to pre-order the food you would like. This enables us prepare in advance and make sure everything is ready when you arrive. Our booking system also ensures we can manage social distancing guidelines and, importantly, allows you to inform us if anyone in your party has a food allergy or intolerance, or any dietary requirements or preferences.
Of course, a visit to the Mount Vernon cottage, Dr. Bach’s home, is included in your booking. This gives 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.
Some background to Nora’s Kitchen can be found below, after the Booking Calendar.
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.