Mrs Knott's tea-room

Time for tea © Chris Tapley

Time for tea

A former lighthouse keeper’s cottage has been transformed into one of the National Trust’s most unusual tea-rooms. With a distinctive atmosphere and quirky style, it's a really welcoming place to take a break while on your walk

Dressed to impress

Surround yourself in the past © David Lewing

Surround yourself in the past

The tea-room will remind you of the 1950s, with mix-and-match bone china cups, chintzy decorations and patterned wallpaper. We serve homemade cake and traditional cream teas as well as warming chunky soups and baguettes.

What's in a name?

A room with a view © David Lewing

A room with a view

The Knott family were an important name in lighthouse keeping. Five generations of the family were lighthouse keepers at South Foreland and would have lived in the cosy cottage that's now the tea-room.

When we're open

Mrs Knotts tearoom is open everyday when the lighthouse is open. So if you're out on a walk or planning a visit, why not pop in and see us and try some of our lovely homemade cakes.                                                                                                       

Quaintly English

Time for tea

While visiting the lighthouse, treat yourself and pop into Mrs Knott's tea-room in the former lighthouse keeper's cottage. You'll step back into another world of fresh bakes, scones, bone china and proper leaf tea, just as it used to be.

Try it at home

Why not try our delicious scone recipe at home? It’s a quick and simple way to make a lovely tea-time treat, but if it sounds like too much work you can always come to Mrs Knott's.

Grab an ice cream

Why not treat yourself to an ice cream while you're here? We have everything from refreshing sorbet to tempting chocolate.

  • Ice cream is available from visitor reception