Eating at Bodiam Castle

A slice of National Trust cake

Make your day out complete with a delicious light lunch or cream tea in our Wharf tea room. Our newly refurbished patio is the perfect spot to admire the view across the valley whilst enjoying a delicious hot drink and a piece of cake.

Our Wharf tea room

We've been busy over the past year with refurbishments to our Wharf tea room and its patio next to the river. 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.

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

During the busy summer school holiday months of July and August, we have a Coffee Shop in Castle Cottage opposite the entrance to the castle. Open daily from 11am to 4pm, serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, crisps, biscuits and ice creams. In good weather take the opportunity to grab a drink and head outside to our Bodiam Castle deckchairs or take a seat at one of the conveniently placed benches to sit back and enjoy your ‘brew with a view’.

A tempting slice of buttery flapjack
A flapjack on a plate made using a recipe from our Cookbook
A tempting slice of buttery flapjack

Who’s for a traditional National Trust cream tea?

For those looking for more than just a snack, our Wharf Tea Room offers everything that the coffee shop 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.

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

We have a number of catered events throughout the year. Watch out for our exclusive Valentine’s, Mother's and Father's Day events and, of course, our Christmas lunches. We're introducing some new events this year and bringing back some old favourite.  We've an Easter Sunday afternoon tea, a great way to get the family together, and a 1940s walk and lunch to tie in with the Kent & East Sussex Railway's 1940s weekend. Some will be glad to see the return of our Roast & Roam Sunday events throughout March and we are delighted to welcome back The Hawking Centre who will be offering some 'Bird of Prey Evening Experiences' which include a delicious supper in our newly refurbished Terrace Room by the river.  Look out for more details in our What's On section.

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

Female suffrage: the other side exhibition; Sat 10 March to Mon 3 Sept; 11am-5pm

Fri 20 Jul 2018
As part of the National Trust's 'Women and Power' programme in 2018, we take a look at Lord Curzon's anti-suffrage stance.

Guided moat walk at Bodiam Castle : 26 March to 28 October 2018, 12.15 & 2.15pm

Fri 20 Jul 2018
Get out and about with one of our guides on these short but informative walks around the castle grounds, where you will discover some of the secrets of Bodiam's past.

Storytelling in the castle: Weds & Sats in summer holidays.

Sat 21 Jul 2018
Join us and enjoy the pleasure of a storytelling session in one of the castle towers.

Have-a-go archery and falconry, weekends & school holidays from 30 March to 3 Sept

Sat 21 Jul 2018
Discover your hidden talents and try your hand at some medieval skills.

'50 things' summer trail; Sat 21 July - Mon 3 Sept, 10am to 4pm

Sat 21 Jul 2018
Enjoy the great outdoors this summer and challenge your kids with our '50 things' trail.

Wild Art craft activity: Sun 22 July, 11am-4pm

Sun 22 Jul 2018
This summer holiday join us as we celebrate '50 Things to do before you're 11¾' with some great craft activities.