A warming welcome at Bodiam Castle

A slice of National Trust cake

After a crisp walk on a frosty winter’s day take the time to relax, unwind and thaw out in the Wharf tea-room or the dog friendly Castle-view cafe and enjoy some delicious winter treats and drinks.

The Wharf tea-room

The Wharf tea-room and patio overlooking the river have both been extensively refurbished over the past couple of years. Pop in to enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and slice of home-made cake or grab a light lunch. Wherever you sit, inside or out, there's 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 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

There's been quite a change in Castle Cottage over the past year and just before Easter 2018 Castle-view café was opened. This intimate space, seating a maximum of 15 inside, has great views out across castle lawn down to the bridge across the moat to the castle.

The cafe is a popular place for visitors to stop and admire the view, and there is plenty of outdoor seating. There are even some deckchairs for those 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.

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 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

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 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, 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.

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.

We're looking forward to your visit

The Wharf cafe is open between 10am to 4pm and until 5pm during the spring and summer months. 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. 

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

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.