Eating & shopping
Servants' Hall shop
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 cards, scented ranges, quirky items, confectionery and plenty for enjoying the great outdoors, from walking to gardening.
Cutting down the road miles
The local produce shop in the Gatehouse 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 an increasing range of locally-made craft items too.
This shop is open at weekends and on busy weekdays - phone ahead if there's something special you'd like.
You know exactly where our venison has come from! Our venison 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 in the Gatehouse shop. However, in the summer we often sell out before the new season stock comes in during October.
Just for bookworms
We have two second-hand bookshops, both run by our volunteers.
There's one opposite the entrance to the Victorian kitchens 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.
Cheers! It's Charlecote beer
We have three new 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 now from the Servants’ Hall shop and the Gatehouse shop, as well as in the Orangery restaurant in the new year.
Indoors or outside?
The Orangery Restaurant at Charlecote is open from 10.30am every day.
We will be running a full menu until the Christmas break including a roast turkey meal over the Christmas weekends. (Limited menu on 27 and 28 November, also 5, 10 and 11 December). Over the Christmas/New Year break we'll be doing light snacks such as bacon or sausage baguettes and jacket potatoes, also soup and a range of sandwiches.
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?
We have tasty soup, sandwiches and a wide selection of cakes, with a full hot menu on days when the house is open.
Children can select their own lunch box from our range of items. Please feel free to bring your own food for babies.
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 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.
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 shop for this delicious hearty casserole. If the local produce shop in the Gatehouse 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.
Herby stuffing cakes
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 see them cooking dishes from the book when you come into the kitchen. Don't worry - you don't need a fully functioning open-fire range to cook them though.
Why not try making our scone recipe when you get home?
There's a wide selection of jams in our Servants' Hall shop, including Tipsy Strawberry and the National Trust's award-winning Blackcurrant Curd. You'll find our new Hedgerow Fruits jam in stock too - they'd all taste lovely on a warm scone.
'Loved my visit to Charlecote Park yesterday... Lovely brownie in cafe too!'