Catering Opportunity: The Bay Room Café at the Manx Museum

– Posted on Wednesday 1st March 2023

The opportunity to run the Bay Room Café at the Manx Museum is now being advertised for lease via a competitive process.

Manx National Heritage (MNH) is seeking proposals from suitably qualified and experienced individuals and businesses to grow and develop the café, which is located in central Douglas.

The Manx Museum is the Isle of Man’s National Museum and is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary year.  In addition to the museum’s popular events and exhibition programme, highlights for visitors include art, archives, archaeology, natural history, social history and Viking treasures, soon to be joined by a world class TT Gallery, opening for TT 2023.

Steve Blackford, Head of Properties for Manx National Heritage said:

“This is an outstanding opportunity to lease the Bay Room in our 100th anniversary year. With the forthcoming launch of the TT Gallery expected to generate significant interest, the Bay Room is well placed to welcome both local and off Island visitors. 

Manx National Heritage would like to receive proposals from applicants who will offer a warm welcome, great food and drink including local produce, a quality service and enhance enjoyment of the Manx Museum for our many visitors. The café provides crucial commercial income to support our charity’s broader work in preserving, protecting and promoting the Isle of Man’s natural and cultural heritage”.

Situated inside the Manx Museum, the Bay Room is a popular café and benefits from opening all year roundIt is available for a period of 3 years, with a potential extension for 2 further years.  The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to provide catering services for events and functions taking place in the museum complex.

Interested parties should contact Chrystals for an information pack and viewing appointments.  To find out more, contact Commercial Property Manager Darrel Tinnion on 01624 625100 or email All proposals must be received by Chrystals before midday on 27 March 2023.  Find out more here.


Media Contact:

Lynsey Clague, Communications Manager

Manx National Heritage

T: 01624 648032


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