Central Bark Dog Friendly Cafe to remain open after successful trial

Central Bark - Dog-Friendly Cafe at Clumber Park

After reviewing the Central Bark dog friendly cafe trial, we are pleased to announce that due to the success of this trial, Central Bark will remain open for the foreseeable future.

As part of Clumber Park Revitalised, in June 2018 we opened a dog-friendly café at Clumber Park called 'Central Bark' as a trial. Dog owners make up a large proportion of our visitor’s and before the opening of Central Bark, there wasn't a lot of space for them to sit and enjoy a sweet treat out of the elements. However, that all changed with the opening of our new facility.

Central Bark Dog Friendly Cafe
Central Bark Dog Friendly Cafe
Central Bark Dog Friendly Cafe

Offering refreshments, sweet treats and light bites and an environment for visitor’s dogs to relax along the way, we have been absolutely overwhelmed with the positive feedback we have received since the facility launched in June.

One year on, we are delighted that visitor numbers to Central Bark have been far higher than anticipated, with a continually warm and friendly atmosphere being maintained by a steady stream of visitors – with some returning on an almost daily basis. Feedback given to our Central Bark staff has been almost unanimously positive.

The social media response has been fantastic too, with some great reviews being left across our various platforms.

In addition we have run a couple of dog shows, which have been well received, and a monthly dog walking group has also been set up with great success.

After assessing the success of this trial, we have decided that Central Bark will remain open indefinitely.

Follow the signs to the cafe, which is opposite the cricket pitch
Central Bark Dog Friendly Cafe Sign
Follow the signs to the cafe, which is opposite the cricket pitch

Thank you to everyone who have supported the facility since it opened last year.

We are continually looking to improve Central Bark. Visitors are able to give us feedback on Central Bark through comments cards, or by speaking to a member of staff. 

Alternatively, visitors can get in touch with any feedback online by emailing clumberparkrevitalised@nationaltrust.org.uk, and you can find out more about Clumber Park Revitalised here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park/features/clumber-park-revitalised.