The Carpenters tea-room

What's for lunch?

Roast lunches are available on Sundays © Cathy Hickey

Roast lunches are available on Sundays

Don't miss our hearty roasts served every Sunday from 12noon to 3pm

Our tea-room serves a menu of seasonal hot and cold lunches every day to suit every taste using seasonal ingredients from our gardens as much as possible.  Choose from freshly made soup of the day and sandwiches or one of our cooked lunches. On Sunday's we also do a roast option  or vegetarian if you prefer.

For a sweet tooth

Apple and blackberry crumbles with fresh cream or custard © National Trust

Apple and blackberry crumbles with fresh cream or custard

Our tea-room serves an irresistible choice of freshly made cakes and desserts. We've got everything from chocolate and local stout cake and lemon drizzle to seasonal fruit pavlova and autumn crumbles complete with fresh cream or custard.  So whether it's a treat with your morning coffee or after lunch or a full afternoon tea we will have something to tempt you.



From plot to plate, fresh vegetables grown in the walled garden © Eddie Hyde

From plot to plate, fresh vegetables grown in the walled garden

Did you know that nearly all of the fruit, salad and vegetables served in the Carpenters tea-room are grown in our very own walled garden?

Our garden team have been busy growing parsnips, carrots, potatoes and swedes and we're now starting to use them in our autumn menu. You can ask a member of the team what we're using each week or look out for our seasonal board near the counter.

Take it away

Take it with you wherever you want to go © J Millar

Look out for the take away hot drinks and snacks menu, great for walkers. Bacon and pork baps are favourites along with other irresistible options to enjoy before, during or after your visit to the parkland. Our snack menu is ideal for wildlife watching in our bird hide this winter.

Four legged friends

Dog walking in glorious autumn colour © Nick Ashby

Thirsty dog? Find one of our dog bowls outside the tea-room so your dog can enjoy a drink with you after one of our long walks. The tea-room is open every day until 2 November to keep you and your dog refreshed. If you need some advice on where to walk, ask a member of our team about the best trails to follow with your dog.

Don't miss

  • Enjoy our new indoor glazed seating area. You can still bring our dog in with you to enjoy your meal away from the elements
  • Take one of our speciality coffees with you, down to the new bird hide
  • Our new autumn menu options are made using fresh local and seasonal produce.
  • Try our new seasonal fruit cakes and desserts.
  • Sunday roasts are still being served every weekend, call for more details.
  • We can make anything to order, all you need to do is ask.
  • Ask about our walkers menu for snacks and drinks to take with you.

Fully licensed

Raise your glass for a toast with your lunch 

Ask for a glass of Croft wine

With a choice of red or white wine, Croft wine or local real ales and ciders you're sure to find the perfect accompaniment to your meal. You can choose to just have a glass or order a bottle of wine; just ask a member of our catering team who will be happy to help.



Enjoy your bash with us

Something to celebrate?

The tea-room can be booked between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday from November to February, if you want to celebrate with a Christmas, birthday or anniversary meal for your work party or family and friends.

Email us for more information about booking functions and parties.

For families

Mind how you go; there could be crocodiles in there. © Ruth Brookes

Mind how you go; there could be crocodiles in there.

The castle play area and natural playground are open when the grounds are open. Children's portions are available in the tea room on anything from the menu and we sell some great lunchboxes so they can keep fuelled for a full day's play.