Check out the latest news from the cafe at Birling Gap

Gin & Lime cake

Enjoying our cafe

Perched on the cliff top at Birling Gap the café is a haven for great food, coffee and ice cream. 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 here.

Find out about our latest additions on our blog posts below.

Latest updates

24 Apr 19

Why is our tea from Clipper?

Drinking tea is part of our national identity and can stir some heated debate. We often get comments about why we serve Clipper tea and not another well known brand. The Clipper tea we supply is fair trade certified and blended to a unique National Trust blend before being put into unbleached tea bags. Our decaffeinated tea is organic as carbon dioxide is used to remove the caffeine rather than chemical solvents. We serve over 46,000 cups of tea a year at Birling Gap so a well sourced tea helps support our wider goals and long term vision. Cheers and thank you for your support.

Visitors enjoying tea at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

25 Feb 19

Hummingbird cake is back by popular demand

Our baker, Phill, has brought back the luscious Hummingbird cake. Stocks are limited so be quick to get a slice. It's made with pineapple, banana, coconut and ginger. Many of these ingredients would have been smuggled into the UK through places such as Birling Gap during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Delicious Hummingbird cake

07 Jan 19

Try our new vegan and vegetarian menu items

Our new year menu options arrive this week. Enjoy a warming mushroom soup made in our chefs James and Phill or a lightly spiced vegan mixed bean chilli (just ask for no butter with the bread). We've also introduced warm croissants for breakfast in our shiny, new hot cabinet. Menu items are subject to availability and may be substituted at very short notice. Please speak with a member of the team about any specific dietary requirement. Soups and one pots are served as part of our lunch menu from 12 noon to 2:30pm. All profits are used by our ranger teams across the South Downs on projects such as maintaining footpaths, fences and habitats.

Mushroom soup