Wharf tea-room and Castle View café at Bodiam Castle

A slice of National Trust cake

Enjoy a range of tempting seasonal treats from our tea-room or café at Bodiam Castle. Whether you’re staying for lunch, need some snacks to add to your picnic or just couldn’t visit without enjoying one of our cream teas – surely an essential part of any National Trust visit.

Our Wharf tea-room is open and is serving hot and cold meals and drinks, sandwiches and light snacks. From 19 July, the tea-room will revert to pre-covid seating layout. Our Castle View cafe is open for takeaway and is serving drinks, sandwiches and light snacks.

We will continue to maintain high standards of cleanliness and till and collection points will be screened. Payment by card is preferred but cash is accepted. Hand sanitiser will be available should visitors wish to use it. Thank you for making this a safe experience for everyone.

The Wharf tea-room

The Wharf tea-room and patio overlooking the river have both been extensively refurbished in recent years. Pop in to enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and slice of home-made cake or grab a light lunch. Wherever you sit, there's a great view across the Rother valley towards Bodiam station.

For those looking for more than just a snack you can treat yourself to a warming freshly cooked lunch or a delicious cream tea. Everything is cooked on the premises and 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.

The Castle View café

Castle View café is a popular place for visitors to stop and admire the view, with plenty of outdoor seating. The café serves traditional National Trust cakes and scones as well as delicious paninis for that quick lunch stop. There are also hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and biscuits.

Dogs are welcome 

We know dogs are part of the family too. So if you are bringing them along too, then head to the Castle View café, where you’ll be able to enjoy a drink and something to eat with your dog. 

Dogs are always welcome in the Castle View Cafe
A dog lying on the floor in Bodiam's Castle Cafe
Dogs are always welcome in the Castle View Cafe

Eating with little ones

We offer children’s lunch boxes, which consist of a sandwich, Pom Bears, a piece of fruit and a carton of juice. We also offer half portions of the main meals on our menu in the tea-room. High chairs are available.

Bringing a picnic

Sunny days and bank holidays can be busy, however you’re always welcome to bring a picnic. You'll find picnic benches available or you can picnic in the grounds where you can laze in a deckchair, whilst the kids enjoy playing on the grass. Why not pop into the tea-room when you arrive and pick up everything you need for later?

Who’s for a traditional National Trust cream tea?

Don't miss out on a 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 and for those of you who don't have a sweet tooth, there are also savoury cheese scones available, with pickle as a tempting alternative.

Cream tea
A traditional National Trust cream tea
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.

For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about visiting, please take a look at our FAQs.

All profits from our tea-room or café go towards funding essential conservation work - so every time you eat or shop here at Bodiam Castle, you're helping us look after this special place. Thank you.

If you have something to celebrate, come and visit us and we'll help make your day one to remember. Don't forget we serve more than just cream teas. 

Visitors at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

Helping us look after Bodiam Castle

All profits from our tea-room or café go towards funding essential conservation work - so every time you eat or shop here at Bodiam Castle, you're helping us look after this special place. Thank you.