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Compass Group Renovates Ulster Museum Café

The Ulster Museum, Belfast

Compass Group Ireland has revealed the new look Ulster Museum Café, now renamed as Wynne & Pym.

Named after John Cumming Wynne, the architect of the original museum building and Frances Pym, who designed the Brutalist-style extension in 1972, Wynne & Pym will have a modern menu for visitors to enjoy while looking out over views of Belfast’s Botanic Gardens.

The food offering places an emphasis on Northern Irish produce. Visitors to Wynne & Pym as well as the Ballycultra Tearooms at the Ulster Folk Museum and Midland Tearooms at the Ulster Transport Museum, will have a range of improved dining choices, ranging from the health-conscious to more traditional dishes.

Morning options include fresh scones and pastries, while the lunchtime menu features big bowl salads, deli meats, and quiches. Coffee from local Belfast roastery Bailies Coffee will be available all day.

Other local and artisan suppliers include Suki Tea, Daily Bake, Pattons Bakery, Keenan Seafoods, Erin Grove Jams and Preserve, and Bakery by Around Noon while homegrown produce will be supplied by Arnotts Fruit.

Colin Catney, Chief Operating Officer at National Museums NI, said: “We are delighted that we are able to offer our visitors a new and improved opportunity to savour the best of local produce in the unique setting of the Ulster Museum at Botanic Gardens.

“Tourism and hospitality go hand in hand,” he explained, “so it’s important that the world-class collections at the Ulster Museum are complemented by an excellent quality and affordable dining experience at our new destination café.”

Chris Chidley, Managing Director of Compass Group Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to have been appointed the food partner for Ulster Museum. We have had a very positive partnership with the Ulster Folk Museum and Ulster Transport Museum in Holywood since 2009 and we are looking forward to building on this relationship.”

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