Eating at Bodiam Castle

A slice of National Trust cake

A visit to the castle wouldn't be complete without a stop for something delicious to eat. Our Wharf tea room offers all the usual NT goodies and light lunch options whilst our Castle View Café, as its name suggests, overlooks the castle and offers snacks and our traditional cakes and scones.

Our Wharf tea room

Our Wharf tea room and patio overlooking the river have both been extensively refurbished over the past couple of years. Pop in and enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and slice of home-made cake or grab a light lunch, we think you'll like what we've done. Wherever you sit, inside or out, there's now a great view across the Rother valley towards Bodiam station so you can see when your train is arriving.

For those looking for more than just a snack, our Wharf Tea Room offers everything that our Castle View Café offers and more. Treat yourself to a warming freshly cooked lunch or a delicious cream tea. Everything is cooked on the premises by head chef, Phil, and our baker, Marilyn. The smell of freshly cooked scones early in the morning is very tempting, especially when you spoon jam and a generous helping of clotted cream onto them.

Enjoy a quick cuppa or take your time over lunch

Our Catering Manager, Kerry Cranage, says, “Whether you choose to grab a quick cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit to take outside and enjoy whilst admiring our majestic 14th-century medieval castle or want to sit down to a delicious freshly cooked lunch in our Wharf Tea Room, you’ll be guaranteed to get refreshment at exacting National Trust standards.”

A brew with a view

There's been quite a change in Castle Cottage this year and just before Easter we opened Castle View Café. This intimate space, seating a maximum of 30 inside, has the most incredible views out across castle lawn down to the bridge across the moat to the castle.

As we knew this would be a popular place for visitors to stop and admire the view, we've put plenty of outdoor seating in too. We even have some deckchairs for those of you who really want to soak up the atmosphere of being in close proximity to a medieval castle.

The Café is open from 11am to 4pm daily in peak season, maybe longer during the school summer holidays. During the winter months, November to February, as a minimum the Café is open at weekends, 11am to 3pm, but we will be reviewing weekday opening as demand requires. The Café serves our traditional National Trust cakes and scones as well as delicious paninis for that quick lunch stop. We also offer hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and biscuits.

Bodiam Castle
Castle View Cafe at Bodiam Castle looks out over the castle entrance
Bodiam Castle

Anyone for ice cream?

During the summer school holidays we'll have an ice cream cart outside the Castle View Café selling delicious locally made Solley's ice cream in a range of tempting flavours. The cart will operate between 12.00 noon and 4.00pm. A great way to round off your picnic or day out.

Who’s for a traditional National Trust cream tea?

Don't miss out on your traditional National Trust cream tea available at both the Wharf tea room and at Castle View Café. Fresh scones are baked each and every day by our baker, Marilyn and the smell of these tasty treats early in the morning is very tempting, especially when you spoon jam and a generous helping of clotted cream onto them. For those of you who don't have a sweet tooth, we also offer a savoury cheese scone with pickle as a tempting alternative.

Treat yourself to a traditional cream tea
Scones with jam and cream served at a National Trust café
Treat yourself to a traditional cream tea

A changing menu for the seasons

Look out for our seasonal specials, making best use of the freshest ingredients to match what’s at its best for the time of year.  We have Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Christmas choices.

Celebrate with us

If you'd like to celebrate with family or friends, then our Wharf tea room can offer a delicious afternoon tea party. A delicate selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes with a pot of tea or a freshly brewed coffee will be served on pretty bone china plates and cups.

For more details, bookings and to discuss your requirements, call our Food & Beverage Manager on 01580 830074.

Don't forget to watch our website for some exclusive catered events throughout the year. Next up will be our pre-Christmas after hours, Light in the darkness event. An opportunity to join us after hours as we light the castle up for our winter offer and then enjoy a 3-course meal.

For those who want to get out and about early on Boxing Day, come and enjoy a pre-opening guided tour of the castle and grounds before heading down to the tea room for a delicious breakfast bap and hot drink.

Visit our What's On section to find out more details for both of these events and to book online.

Tie the knot at the castle

We love weddings at the castle and hold a licence for ceremonies to be held in the castle gatehouse.  If you’d like to hold your reception here we can offer our Terrace Room near the river for small groups or a marquee in the grounds for larger parties.  Take a look at our weddings page for more details or get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Upcoming events

Mother's Day craft weekend

Sat 30 Mar 2019
Get green-fingered as you decorate a potted plant for Mum this Mother's Day.

Cadbury Easter egg hunt

Sat 06 Apr 2019
Join in the fun on our Cadbury Easter egg hunt.


Sat 06 Apr 2019
Discover your hidden talents when you have-a-go at the medieval skill of archery.

Easter holiday crafts

Wed 10 Apr 2019
Spring has sprung and there's lots of new life around. Come and try your hand at something new this Easter holiday.

Photography workshop for beginners

Fri 10 May 2019
Learn how to capture the best pictures of the castle at this spring workshop

Museum at night

Wed 15 May 2019
Join us for an exclusive guided tour of the castle after hours and a 2-course meal.