Yummy treats at Birling Gap

Scones with jam and cream served at a National Trust café

Perched on the cliff top at Birling Gap the café and shop are a haven for great food, coffee and shopping. With every scone or cuppa you buy you are supporting National Trust conservation work across the South Downs. Dogs are welcome (with their owners) throughout the visitor centre, shop and marked areas of the café. Check out our doggy dos and don’ts. So pop in before your walk and grab a hot drink to go or relax over lunch and a glass of wine with friends. Every penny of profit goes towards looking after special places.

Tummy yummy treats

Enjoy a tasy scone at one of our cafes
A boy eating a scone
Enjoy a tasy scone at one of our cafes

Our licensed café is always busy although you can find a quiet spot most weekdays. Drop by before midday and enjoy a cheese scone alongside a latte from our bean-to-cup machines.  Or try a delicious bacon bap, a hot sausage roll, or a hot pasty fresh from the oven.  From midday our offer varies and includes sandwiches, paninis, salads and soup that are all made from fresh ingredients in our kitchen here at Birling Gap. After 2.30pm our afternoon offer includes cream teas and a selection of traybakes and gluten-free cakes.  The cafe is open from 10am until 5pm.


Doggy dos and don’ts

A dog running over the downs
A dog running over the downs
A dog running over the downs
We love to accommodate you and your dog where we can here at Birling Gap. For the comfort of all our visitors we do ask dog owners to follow our doggy dos and don’ts.
Please keep them on their lead at all times when inside the buildings, around livestock outside and on the beach between Easter and November. 
You and your dog are welcome in the marked area inside café or at the outside seating. We are often very busy and we always try our best to accommodate you both although there will be times we don’t have inside space for dogs. 
We ask all dog owners to come prepared and bring enough bags to clear up after your pet. As a conservation charity we spend around £7,500 here at Birling Gap clearing other people’s waste so where possible please take your waste with you. A bin is available near the steps to the beach.

Reusable cups for hot drinks

New reusable cups are now on sale in National Trust shops
Display of new reusable cups now on sale in National Trust shops
New reusable cups are now on sale in National Trust shops

As a conservation charity, the National Trust is committed to creating and maintaining a healthy and beautiful environment. We recognise that the use of single use plastic, with the associated environmental impacts in its manufacture and disposal, is incompatible with this objective and we are committed to phasing out the use of this material over the coming years.

To help reduce the use of single use plastic in our cafes and tea rooms the Trust is trialling a reusable hot drinks scheme, whereby visitors will receive a 25p discount off their hot drinks if they use a reusable cup (either their own or one of the bamboo cups for sale).  There are 12 properties involved at this trial stage. 

This move follows on from the replacement of the plastic wrapper for the magazine to one made from potato starch which can be composted, and free water in all cafes, to reduce the number of plastic bottles.