The Coffee Station at the House of Manannan: Interest sought to run popular heritage café

– Posted on Monday 16th January 2023

The opportunity to run catering facilities at one of the Isle of Man’s most popular heritage sites is now being advertised.  The Coffee Station, situated at the House of Manannan in Peel is open to 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 facility, which is popular with visitors and locals alike.

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

“Manx National Heritage enjoy working with dedicated and creative caterers to deliver convenient, fresh, quality food, showcasing Manx produce and provide a warm and friendly welcome all year round for our many visitors from near and far.

MNH is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced caterer with a successful track record to continue to grow an already well-established hospitality outlet. Across our sites, we aim to work with catering partners who are keen to develop sales, are passionate about customer service and attention to detail and also have a committed policy of reducing environmental impact and inspiring sustainable living”.

The café is the first of three catering opportunities set to become available, with the lease of Niarbyl Café on the Island’s West Coast and the Bay Room Café at the Manx Museum set to be advertised in early 2023.

Steve added:

“Overlooking Peel Marina, The Coffee Station has a vibrant café atmosphere and benefits from opening all year round in the heart of Peel Quayside.  This is a fantastic opportunity for a catering business to welcome customers by providing a convenient and quality menu and experience at this busy location in Peel”.

The Coffee Station at the House of Manannan has become an established and important part of the museum’s visitor experience since the café opened in June 2012. The museum attracts around 60,000 visitors each yearThe facility is currently operated as a café, benefiting from customer use of seating inside the museum’s reception area and on the external piazza.  Further catering opportunities may be available through the associated use of the House of Manannan for private hires, corporate hires and weddings.

MNH is seeking offers to lease the café for a period of five years.

Interested parties should contact Chrystals for further information and viewing appointments. All proposals must be received by Chrystals by midday on Monday, 13th February 2023. If you are interested, please contact Commercial Property Manager Darrel Tinnion on 01624 625100 or email for further details.


Further information is available at 

Media Contact:

Lynsey Clague, Communications Manager – Manx National Heritage

T: 01624 648032


Manx National Heritage, Eiraght Ashoonagh Vannin

Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 3LY

Isle of Man Registered Charity No 603


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