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 dog-friendly 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 and dog-friendly

There's been quite a change in Castle Cottage over the past year and just before Easter 2018 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 and, from March 2019, we are happy to welcome well-behaved dogs on short leads in the Café.

As we knew this would be a popular place for visitors to stop and admire the view, we've put in plenty of outdoor seating 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 soft scoop 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

Have-a-go-archery

Sat 20 Jul 2019
10:30-16:00
Discover your hidden talents when you have-a-go at the medieval skill of archery.

Summer holiday fun

Wed 24 Jul 2019
10:00-16:00
Get out and about this summer and explore the castle and grounds and enjoy some free family activities.

Photography workshop

Fri 13 Sep 2019
11:00-13:30
An opportunity for photographers of all abilities to capture some great late summer shots of the castle and grounds.

Creative Nature Photography Workshop: Autumn colours around Bodiam Castle

Fri 11 Oct 2019
11:00-13:30
An opportunity for beginner and intermediate photograpers to learn how to use their own cameras to capture some great autumn shots of the nature around the castle.