Food and drink

With our light and comfortable interior spaces and outdoor seating on the terrace overlooking Oaklands Park, the Festival Theatre is a lovely environment to relax in, whether you’re seeing a show, having lunch with friends, or grabbing a coffee while browsing with our free Wi-Fi.

Our recently refurbished award-winning restaurants have been transformed into modern, bright and comfortable spaces in which to enjoy a meal and drink before the show. We, and our caterers Caper and Berry, look forward to welcoming you.

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The Café

The Café in the Festival Theatre is a great spot for a light lunch or a good coffee, and also serves freshly made sandwiches, salads, delicious cakes, and a range of hot and cold drinks.

Opening times
Monday to Saturday from 10am until the end of the interval of the evening performance. On non-performance days The Café closes at 5pm.

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The Brasserie

The Brasserie on the ground floor of the Minerva Theatre is open for pre-show dining in new stylish and elegant surroundings. The restaurant serves a contemporary British menu using local and seasonal ingredients as well as an excellent choice of wines.

View a sample Brasserie menu

Opening times:
12.30pm - 2.30pm on matinee days and from 5.30pm for evening performances.

Please note that The Brasserie will be closed from 21 May - 1 June, 25 June - 9 July and 27 August - 9 September.


The Minerva Bar & Grill

The Minerva Bar & Grill upstairs provides a more relaxed atmosphere, and offers both main meals and lighter food options.

View a sample Minerva Bar and Grill menu

Opening times
Open 90 minutes before performances.


Book a table online using the calendar or alternatively email dining@cft.org.uk or call 01243 782219 (booking line open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm)



The Play Cafe in the Minerva Bar & Grill

Available before our Comedy Club 4 Kids!events from 10am on Saturday 27 May and 12.30pm on Friday 28 July.

View the Children's Mini Menu


Late Night Bites

Your visit doesn’t have to end at the final bows. Join us after the evening show in the Minerva Bar & Grill for a drink with friends, or sample one of our mezze boards, light options and desserts. Our range of local ales, lagers, wines and spirits, including our extensive gin menu, offers plenty to choose from.

Opening times
After the performance for light bites and drinks.

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The Foyle Terrace

The Foyle Terrace and Bar offers a selection of locally produced spirits, ales and lagers and wine by the glass or bottle. Treat yourself to a bottle of the award-winning Nyetimber sparkling wine before the show, and we can keep it chilled until the interval.

Opening times
Open 90 minutes before the performance, providing even more opportunity to grab a drink or a light bite with friends.

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