Enjoying our cafe at Birling Gap

A clifftop cafe, perched above the sea

Due to social distancing and national restrictions this article is out of date. Please visit the main Birling Gap web page for the latest information.

Due to social distancing and national restrictions the information below is currently inaccurate. Please click here for the latest information on visiting.

Our classic Victoria Sponge cake
A Victoria Sponge Cake
Our classic Victoria Sponge cake

Pull up a chair and take in views over the English Channel and Sussex coast in our light, airy and 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. 

Cheese scones in a baking tray at a National Trust property

Birling Gap sample menu

The changing of the seasons is reflected in Birling Gap's cafe menu from warming soups to light summer salads. Enjoy a warming roasted squash soup or a hot panini, or simply relax with a cream tea and a cappuccino. (Items and availability are subject to change)

Sheffield Park Banana and Maple Syrup Cake

Creating a local speciality

The banoffee cake we make here is inspired by banoffee pie. This delicious caramel, cream and banana dessert was invented at the Hungry Monk in nearby Jevington village. We have taken the recipe and given it a twist to bring a cake with a local flavour to our menu.

Lemon curd cake at Tyntesfield

A tale of a lemony wreck

Our lemon curd cake is inspired by a ship called Two Brothers that wrecked just off the coast at Birling Gap back in 1790. It was carrying a cargo of lemons which were strewn all over the beach. The enterprising locals made quick work of taking the lemons and turning them into cakes, curds, pies and lemonade.

Opening times

The cafe is open every day of the year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Our opening times vary across the week and throughout the year.  For the most up to date opening times please visit our website here.

For more information on how to get here visit our homepage or see below.

Contact details: Birling Gap Cafe, Birling Gap, near Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 0AB

01323 423197 birlinggap@nationaltrust.org.uk

Visitors sitting outside the cafe at Standen House, West Sussex

Allergen information 

Most of the food and drink served in our café’s, restaurants and tea-rooms is prepared on site in our kitchens, using a wide range of ingredients. As a result, we can’t guarantee that any of our food and drink products are completely allergen free. If you have an allergy or intolerance, please ask the café staff who will be happy to advise on the ingredients in your food and drink.

Dogs welcome

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 dogs 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. Please clear up after your dogs whenever you visit a National Trust property. A bin at Birling Gap is available near the steps to the beach. 

Dog walking
Dog walking on a lead
Dog walking

How to get here

On foot: On South Downs Way between Exceat and Eastbourne. Birling Gap is accessible by foot and forms part of the Seven Sisters route. Footpaths from East Dean across Crowlink down to Birling Gap.

By road: 5 miles west of Eastbourne and 6 miles east of Seaford. Birling Gap car park is sign-posted from A259 at East Dean, between Seaford and Eastbourne. Crowlink car park, near East Dean, is accessed from A259 using the lane between Friston Pond and Church, opposite the sign to Jevington

By public transport: For Birling Gap: 13X bus. Runs from Eastbourne to Brighton via Birling Gap, Sundays and bank holidays all year and more frequently in summer. 

An award-winning menu

Did you know that 187 of our cafés, restaurants and tea-rooms have received the Food for Life Served Here Award? The award recognises that we serve fresh, local food that is ethically and sustainably produced. Find out more about the food we serve and the farmers and suppliers we work with.