New food experience at Ulster Museum celebrates building’s history
Museum café renamed Wynne & Pym to recognise the legacy of two great architects
11 June – Local Northern Irish produce will be the star exhibit at the Ulster Museum this week as the Museum unveils its new look and feel destination restaurant, 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 modern menu options beautifully displayed. The newly-styled café, with views of the Botanic Gardens, is a new addition to Belfast’s dining scene, open to museum visitors and local diners alike.
The Ulster Museum will have an expanded menu and the provision of a sustainable, high-quality food offering, reflecting the superb produce available within Northern Ireland.
Visitors to Wynne & Pym at the Ulster Museum, 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, reflecting changing tastes for a modern, health-conscious menu, alongside traditional dishes. From the morning offer of fresh scones and pastries to the lunchtime menu of ‘Made in our Kitchen’ big bowl salads, deli meats and quiches, foodies will not leave hungry. Throughout the day, quality coffee will be served, roasted only a few miles away by Belfast-based Bailies Coffee Roasters.
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.
Commenting on the appointment of Compass Group to provide restaurant and catering services for three of National Museums NI’s venues, 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.
“We have worked with Compass and their passionate team for the past decade at the Ulster Folk Museum and Ulster Transport Museum. We’re also very excited by the new direction at the Ulster Museum that plays homage to the Museum’s magnificent surroundings and its visionary architects, John Cumming Wynne and Frances Pym.
“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 and offering a wonderful food and beverage experience at three of National Museums NI sites for local visitors and international friends alike.”
He added: “At Compass Group, we focus on creating bespoke, tailored menus for each of our customers. The renamed Wynne & Pym café, as well as the Ballycultra and Midland Tearooms, will offer modern healthy options and fresh local produce. Our chefs have developed a menu that is a fusion of old traditions and contemporary flair; much-loved dishes with sustainability and provenance at the core.”