Eating & shopping

Which flavour will you choose? © National trust

Which flavour will you choose?

Summer's here

Summer goodies

Try some of our seasonal and delicious treats, freshly prepared cakes and desserts made as always by our kitchen team. Using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients where possible. Also why not try out our scrumptious stews, soups and puddings just like our mum or gran used to make.

Art exhibition

Coastal art in our cafe

Mon 20 July-Sun 1 Nov

The work of Stephen Bishop will be on display, as part of a prize awarded in partnership with Poole Museum's open art exhibition. Stephen's work links well with the island theme and also forms part of the National Trust's coast celebrations for 2015.

Big beach picnic

Sat 4 Jul, 12 noon-2pm

Join in with this huge celebration of our coastline as we come together across the South West and picnic at our coastal sites. Bring your own lunch, or pre-order your picnic from our café. Freshly baked delights and treats await you.

Dinner cruises

Cruise over to Brownsea Island

Sat 15 Aug & 5 Sep. Boats at 6.15pm or 6.30pm returning 10.20pm or 10.40pm. Visit the island for the perfect Saturday night with a boat cruise from Sandbanks followed by dinner. Relax and enjoy good food whilst taking in stunning views of the harbour and Purbeck hills from the garden. Booking essential, £25 for two courses, return boat trip and drink on arrival. Call 01202 707744 for info.

A unique eating and shopping experience

Villano café seasonal treats

 © Rika Gordon

Explore a unique culinary experience with us. Our friendly and helpful staff are here to help and welcome you. Enjoy our deliciously home-made seasonal dishes, while taking in the stunning views of the harbour from the Villano Café. Or why not cool down in the summer with one of the deliciously local Purbeck ice creams we sell.

Coffee bar

Coffee and friends a great combination © Arnhek de Serra

Lunch or munch. Our coffee bar is the perfect place to create your own picnics. With our selection of sandwiches, cakes, snacks and drinks. Hot and cold food and drinks are available to take away. Our coffee bar also stocks our locally made and delicious Purbeck ice creams

Edible delights

  • Seasonal hot and cold lunches
  • Homemade cakes and snacks lovingly made by Sue and the team
  • Sandwiches freshly prepared daily
  • Chef's fantastic seasonal puds
  • Chef's homemade quiches and soups
  • Why not use our new contactless payment process when you get to the till
  • Please bear in mind our shop and cafe can get busy at peak times. You may want to plan your visit and come and see us when we're quieter

Island bookshop

You’ll find a variety of titles in our second hand bookshop

Browse the hundreds of titles in our second hand bookshop, which is located in the Engine shed shop. Relax and recline in one our comfy chairs while you look through some of the classic titles we stock. Second hand book donations are always welcomed.

Engine shed shop

Browse for great gifts in the engine shedshop

Browse through our gift shop which is brimming with inspiring gifts for all the family. We have a great red squirrel range, pocket money treats and sweets for the kids along with loads of local Dorset goodies.

Shop treats

  • Squirrel gifts
  • Pocket money treats
  • Brownsea branded gifts
  • Local cider and Brownsea beer
  • Biscuits galore
  • Cards for all occasions
  • Dorset chutneys and sauces
  • Brownsea branded clothing
  • Why not use contactless payment for items costing up to £20