Keep it pouring at the museum …

Anyone who has visited the Fife Folk Museum recently may well have enjoyed time out to enjoy the Harvest Mouse Tearoom. Sadly, this popular tearoom will cease to operate at the end of July unless the Museum Trust can find a solution. Interested? Please read on …

Nominated for Cafe of The Year in the 2022 Scottish cafe Awards, the cafe is closing due to family circumstances … and the Museum Trust wants to ensure the fantastic work that has been delivered to create and build the successful business continues for the benefit of the museum, visitors and the local Ceres community.

Andrew Johnson, Chair of the Trust, says: “This presents an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic person or team to run this extremely popular tearoom in partnership with the Museum Trust.

What’s required …

Prospective licensees must submit a Business Plan and CV to the Chair via email. The Business Plan should include:

  • A new name for the Tearoom
  • Your Sample Menu
  • How many staff you intend to employ

An extra slice …

  • The Trust will supply:
    • Crockery
    • Cutlery
    • Glassware etc. (a full list will be provided at interview)
  • The Licensee will:
    • Operate their own telephone line
    • Provide their own card payment machine (SumUp)
    • Pay Rates, Water Rates and Commercial Bin Rental
    • Be responsible for the provision of all cleaning items and the daily cleaning of the tearoom area and toilets
    • Agree to:
      • Minimum opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10.30 – 4.30 with last orders at 3.45. If the Licensee wishes to operate outwith the above hours, this is to be agreed with the Trust.
      • Giving an agreed percentage of takings to the museum
      • Attend Trust meetings
      • Provide teas/coffees for volunteers (from the Trust’s coffee and tea supply)
      • Offer a discount for volunteers (if they purchase items from the tearoom while on duty)

Finally, the cafe is a popular destination for dog owners and dog walkers: the new licensee will ensure the cafe remains dog friendly!


Thanks for reading!