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Calling all creative thinkers: the Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells are looking for a name for their new café that will capture the essence of the magnificent location and the delicious food that will be on offer.

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“Members of staff have suggested a name for the new café but we wanted to see if the public could do better!” says Sarah Moore, visitor services manager.

“We are looking for a name that is welcoming, creative, emphasises hospitality and is reflective of the location and history of the palace.

"Visitors will have a fantastic view of the now ruined Great Hall from the café, which once hosted great feasts and royal occasions."

Built using glass and timber frame and nestled under trees, the café will open towards the end of autumn and will sit at the heart of the new and improved visitor services with additional breath-taking views of the palace and drawbridge entrance across the croquet lawn.

A wide range of dishes will be available, all prepared from scratch, using locally sourced ingredients.

From mouth-watering soups, stews and casseroles to freshly baked cakes and afternoon tea and scones - the emphasis will be on seasonal, fresh and uncomplicated food.

Visitors will be able to access the café, new shop, washrooms and a purpose-built learning and education centre for free.

Admission charges/season ticket entry will remain in place for full access to the palace and gardens and any events that may be running.

“If you are getting a creative block and need some inspiration then pop down to the Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, we’re open daily. You can stand directly in front of the café development and soak up the atmosphere there and talk to staff," adds Sarah.

“You will also find information on our website, on boards on the fencing alongside the cafe construction site and mood boards of materials and menu ideas within the current Undercroft restaurant that may well spark that winning entry.”

For the chance to win a fabulous hamper, worth £100 and filled with West County produce, English sparkling wine, home baked treats and a 12-month individual season ticket (which also include a 12-month guest pass so you can bring a friend each time), tell us what name you think would suit the café (meeting the criteria), and more importantly why.

The lucky winner will be presented with the prizes at the Bishop’s Palace & Gardens by Patrick Harbour, managing director and owner of Harbour & Jones (caterers), Dee Price, wife of the Right Reverend Peter Price and Sarah Moore on Monday August 15.

Competition entry forms are available from the Bishop’s Palace shop at the entrance and also in the Undercroft restaurant or you can submit your entry online. Please include: your name for the café and why you think it would be suitable, your name, full address, date of birth, a contact phone number, and an email address.

You can also enter on a postcard to Sarah Moore, Visitor Services, The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD.

Entries close at 5pm, Thursday August 11 and the competition is open to everyone of all ages (with a suitably delicious non-alcoholic drink to replace the sparkling wine for under 18’s!).

Terms and conditions are available to read on the company's website.

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