Eating & shopping

Servants' Hall shop

Something for everyone in the shop at Charlecote © National Trust

Something for everyone in the shop at Charlecote

Our main Servants' Hall shop is open every day; just come through the Victorian kitchen.

You'll find lots of gifts and treats to suit all pockets and interests here with products you won't find on the high street.

There are books and greetings cards, scented ranges, quirky items, confectionery and plenty for enjoying the great outdoors, from walking to gardening.

Cutting down the road miles

Delicious local produce available in our Pantry shop © Jana Eastwood

Delicious local produce available in our Pantry shop

The local produce shop in the Pantry is where you can find flour produced in the next village, plus jams and chutneys, and even wine from an award-winning vineyard just 15 minutes away. We’re stocking locally-made craft items too.

This is where you'll find our own frozen venison and hogget packs.

The Pantry is open at weekends and on busy weekdays - phone ahead if there's something special you'd like or just ask in the Servants' Hall shop.

Just for bookworms

Take a moment to browse in our second-hand bookshops © National Trust

Take a moment to browse in our second-hand bookshops

We have two well-stocked second-hand bookshops, both run by our volunteers and both open every day.

There's one in the Gatehouse and another larger one in the stable block across the courtyard from the brewhouse and laundry.

All the money from our second-hand book sales stays at Charlecote for our projects here, and donations of books are always welcome.

Give a gift that lasts

Gift membership © Isabel Neugebauer, National Trust

Talk to our helpful Visitor Reception staff about buying Gift Membership for your friends and family. Every membership gives them free entry to a wealth of memorable days out as well as the National Trust magazines and local news.

You can also find National Trust gift cards in our shop from £5 to £20 (or multiples).  They can be used in National Trust shops and restaurants, to buy membership and for holiday cottage lettings.

Award-winning produce

Find a wide range of frozen venison packs in our gatehouse shop © National Trust

You know exactly where our venison has come from! Our venison, hogget and honey have won Fine Farm Produce awards - why not try them for yourself?

We have packs of frozen burgers, sausages, joints and diced venison for casseroles.

Please note that In the summer we often sell out before the new season stock comes in during October.

Cheers! it's Charlecote beer

You’ll find Charlecote ales in our Servants Hall shop and the Gatehouse © National Trust

We have three exclusive beers, specially brewed for Charlecote by Tunnel Brewery.

Enjoy Antler Ale, Shakesbeer and Charlecote Dark.

Try them singly or as a gift pack – they’re available from the Servants’ Hall shop and the Pantry produce shop. You can enjoy any of them with a meal in the Orangery restaurant too.
 

Honey layer cake

You can make this layered cake with Charlecote honey © Jana Eastwood

Our volunteer photographer Jana has shared this centuries-old Czech family recipe with us.

Jana makes the layer cake with Charlecote honey and tells us that there are variations on the recipe all around Europe. Her version is called 'Medovnik' and our staff and volunteers can definitely recommend it - it's worth all the time it takes to make.

Jana also shares how to make the cute icing bees here too.

Honey layer cake recipe.

Venison casserole

Cook a delicious casserole from Charlecote Park venison © National Trust

Just what you need on a chilly day, served with roasties, mash or a baked potato and your favourite veg.

Pick up a pack of ready-diced Charlecote venison from our Pantry shop for this delicious hearty casserole.

If the Pantry shop by the Victorian kitchen is closed, just ask in the Servants' Hall shop.

Venison is low in fat, rich in iron and high in protein and B vitamins - and it tastes great.

Honey and ginger cake

A lovely summery treat - honey and ginger cake © National Trust

Try this delicious iced cake which is made with a whole jar of Charlecote honey.

It's a lovely tea-time treat with a cup of tea or try it with a glass of elderflower squash, the flavours work really well together.

It's flavoured with ginger and will probably serve more than 8 but that's the largest number that our system will allow!

Herby stuffing cakes

Try Mrs Horton’s recipe for herb stuffing cakes © National Trust

Try these delicious savoury accompaniments with any hot meal. They'd be especially tasty with our venison casserole.

The recipe is from Mrs Horton's Cookery Book, a book of recipes devised and collected by our Victorian kitchen volunteers. You can buy the book in our Servants' Hall shop.

See our volunteers cooking recipes from the book when you come into the Victorian kitchen (not Wednesdays).

Indoors or outside?

Enjoy a snack or a hot meal in the Orangery restaurant © Mary Gleaves

Enjoy a snack or a hot meal in the Orangery restaurant

The Orangery Restaurant at Charlecote is open from 10.30am every day. Free wi-fi available.

Please note: The Orangery will be closed for refurbishment from 3-23 November. Hot and cold drinks and cakes will still be available.

There's seating indoors and plenty of tables under cover outside too. On busy days you can beat the queues with a snack from the tea garden by the stables or an ice-cream from the local produce shop in the Gatehouse.

You're welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy at the picnic benches by the river, but please remember our wildlife and clear everything away when you've finished.

Savoury or sweet?

Pause for refreshments in the Orangery restaurant  © National Trust

Pause for refreshments in the Orangery restaurant

We have tasty soup, sandwiches and a wide selection of cakes, with a full hot menu every day except Wednesdays. Enjoy a taste of our own venison, hogget and pork in season and our beers are available here to enjoy too.

Children can select their own lunch box from our range of items. Please feel free to bring your own food for babies.

Share our treacle flapjack recipe - it's the one our visitors ask about most often.

Gluten free?

Gluten-free cakes are among the tasty options in the Orangery restaurant © National Trust

Gluten-free cakes are among the tasty options in the Orangery restaurant

We have a number of gluten-free options on our menu although we can't guarantee that our food is prepared in a gluten-free environment.

Our tasty soup every day is gluten free and we always offer one hot meal that's gluten free too.

We also have sealed, wrapped gluten-free cakes for you to enjoy.

 

Find local produce in the Pantry shop © National Trust

Find local produce in the Pantry shop

Meet our suppliers

Flour from Charlecote Mill and information about Mill Open Days.

Charlecote's exclusive beers from Tunnel Brewery.

Ice creams from family-run Bennetts Dairy.

Award winning wines from Bearley Vineyard just 15 minutes away from Charlecote.

Share