The Coach House at Castle Ward

Warm scones, tasty sandwiches and a pot of tea await you © National Trust, Castle Ward

Warm scones, tasty sandwiches and a pot of tea await you

Relax with a cup of coffee or refuel after a long walk with a bite to eat in our stableyard tea-room.

The Coach House Café was formerly an 18th-century coach house and is located in the impressive stableyard which has a servants' tunnel that leads directly to the servants' quarters and basement of the mansion. It is an inviting space and it retains many original features providing an interesting and relaxing place for up to sixty family and friends to chill out following a stroll around the grounds of Castle Ward.

The menu offered consists of excellent locally sourced food, freshly made each morning, and is suited to all ages and dietary needs. Our freshly made delicious soups such as butternut squash, sweet potato and orange, broccoli and stilton and spicy lentil make you want to return again for more. Each soup is served with warm home made wheaten bread and butter and topped with black pepper.

Sandwiches are made to order and there is a wide choice of fillings.

Our mouth watering chocolate brownies with a smooth hot chocolate is a great choice for the children and the spiced carrot cake and swiss roll for adults can be complemented by great coffee. A pot of tea for two with a warm scone, jam and cream may be your choice.

The stableyard is an intriguing area with lots of interesting things for visitors to see and do, such as the second-hand bookshop for picking up amazing bargain books and the National Trust gift shop with a range of quirky gift cards, gifts, books, children's toys and property-specific items that are great souvenirs for that special person in your life. The Victorian children's playroom located above the gift shop will provide endless enjoyment for children and adults with dressing up and 18th-century Victorian toys and games. A visitor reception area will provide you with information on membership recruitment offers and property activities. While the stables, laundry and tack room will take you back in time to when Castle Ward was a working estate with horses, carriage, servants, lords and ladies.