Eating and shopping at Birling Gap

Enjoying a scone in the cafe

Whatever the weather share views of the Sussex coast with friends, cake, a light lunch or cream tea. Phill, our baker & James, our chef create cakes and dishes inspired by stories of the coast alongside National Trust favourites. Unearth local products and classic National Trust ranges in the shop knowing profits go towards conservation across the South Downs.

Eating at Birling Gap

Pull up a chair and take in views over the English Channel and Sussex coast in our busy cafe. On sunny weekends pick up drinks and ice-cream for a walk or to enjoy on the beach. Join us from 10am to 12pm for light breakfast items such as croissants, bacon baps and cheese scones. We serve light lunches from 12pm to 2:30pm including soup, jacket potatoes and warm sausage rolls and pasties. In the afternoon join us for cream tea in the cooling sea breeze. Speak to our friendly team members about gluten free, vegan options or any other dietary needs. Check out our blog for the latest updates here

Enjoy a tasty treat in our tea-room
Victoria Sponge Cake
Enjoy a tasty treat in our tea-room

Shopping at Birling Gap

Alongside items inspired by National Trust places you'll discover a range of Sussex specialities. Local gin from Generation 11, a family distillery near Lewes, wines from Plumpton and delicious gingerbread from Horsham. Information on our latest additons can be found here in our blog.

Retail collection spring 2019
Retail collection spring 2019
Retail collection spring 2019


Explore through to the back of the visitor centre and discover our hidden gem bookshop. All the books are generously donated by the local community to help use look after the South Downs. Browse through our selection of fiction and non-fiction titles for your next literary treasure and leave a donation to help us open access to the countryside for future generations.